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Today in entertainment history: March 7

Today in entertainment history: March 7

BEASTIE BOYS: Adam Yauch, center, and members of the group The Beastie Boys accept their Video Vanguard Award during the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, Thursday night, Sept. 10, 1998. Photo: Associated Press/Kevork Djansezian

1956: “Blue Suede Shoes” by Carl Perkins entered the R&B chart, the first time a country artist had done that.

1969: “Pinball Wizard” by The Who, which was the first single from the album “Tommy,” was released in Britain.

1983: The country music channel The Nashville Network went on the air.

1987: “Licensed to Ill” by The Beastie Boys became the first rap album to hit No. 1 on the charts.

1999: Filmmaker Stanley Kubrick died of natural causes at his home outside London at the age of 70.

Today’s Birthdays: TV personality Willard Scott is 80. Actor Daniel J. Travanti is 74. Bassist Chris White of The Zombies is 71. Singer Peter Wolf of The J. Geils Band is 68. Actor John Heard is 68. Keyboardist Matthew Fisher of Procol Harum is 68. Guitarist Ernie Isley of the Isley Brothers is 62. Actor Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad,” ”Malcolm In The Middle”) is 58. Singer Taylor Dayne is 52. Actor Bill Brochtrup (“NYPD Blue”) is 51. Comedian Wanda Sykes is 50. Drummer Randy Guss of Toad the Wet Sprocket is 47. Actress Rachel Weisz (WYS) (“The Bourne Legacy,” ”The Mummy”) is 43. Singer Sebastien Izambard of Il Divo is 41. Singer Hugo Ferreira of Tantric is 40. Actress Jenna Fisher (“The Office”) is 40. Actor TJ Thyne (“Bones”) is 39. Actress Laura Prepon (“Orange Is the New Black,” ”That 70′s Show”) is 34.

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