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Entertainment History

April 17, 2014 07:11 GMT

On April 17th, 1960, singer Eddie Cochran died after suffering severe head injuries in a car crash in England. He was 21. Musician Gene Vincent and Cochran's girlfriend were injured.

In 1961, "The Apartment" won the best picture and best director Academy Awards. Elizabeth Taylor won her first Oscar as best actress, for "Butterfield 8."

In 1964, The Rolling Stones' self-titled debut album was released in Britain.

In 1970, Paul McCartney released his first solo album, "McCartney."

Also in 1970, Johnny Cash refused to perform "Okie from Muskogee" at President Nixon's request because it wasn't his song. He performed "A Boy Named Sue" instead.

In 1974, guitarist Vinnie Taylor of Sha Na Na was found dead of a drug overdose at a hotel in Charlottesville, Virginia. He was 25.

In 1980, musician Bob Marley played at Zimbabwe's independence day ceremonies, calling it the greatest honor of his life. Marley died a little more than a year later.

In 1991, Nirvana performed "Smells Like Teen Spirit" in public for the first time, during a concert in Seattle.

In 1993, singer Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles married screenwriter M. Jay Roach in Los Angeles.

In 1998, Paul McCartney's wife, Linda, died of breast cancer. She was 56.

Today's Birthdays: Actor David Bradley is 72. Composer-musician Jan Hammer (yahn HAH'-mur) is 66. Actress Olivia Hussey is 63. Singer-guitarist Pete Shelley of The Buzzcocks is 59. Actor Sean Bean ("Lord of the Rings") is 55. Actor Joel Murray ("Dharma and Greg," "The Artist") is 52. Singer Maynard James Keenan of Tool and of Puscifer is 50. Actress Lela Rochon (LEE'-lah rohn-SHAHN') is 50. Actress Leslie Bega ("The Sopranos") is 47. Actor Henry Ian Cusick ("Scandal," "Lost") is 47. Actress Kimberly Elise is 47. Singer Liz Phair is 47. Rapper-actor Redman is 44. Actress Jennifer Garner ("Alias") is 42. Singer Victoria Beckham of the Spice Girls is 40. Actress Lindsay Korman ("Passions") is 36. Actress Rooney Mara ("The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo") is 29. Actress Jacqueline MacInnes Wood is 27. Actor Paulie Litt is 19. Actress Dee Dee Davis ("The Bernie Mac Show") is 18.

 
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