On May 22, 1955, police in Bridgeport, Connecticut, canceled a dance with Fats Dominoes. Authorities feared that rock and roll music could cause unrest.
In 1958, reporters from a London airport asked Jerry Lee Lewis about his marriage, and he revealed that his wife was his 13-year-old cousin. The controversy that followed forced Lewis to cancel most of his British tour.
In 1966, Bruce Springsteen began his career as a songwriter by writing two songs with The Castiles, Springsteen’s first band.
In 1967 “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” premiered on PBS.
In 1974 Ten Years After played their last show in London. They broke up the next year.
In 1992, Johnny Carson hosted his final “Tonight” show. There were no guests. Carson showed favorite clips from previous shows.
In 2002, Alien Ant Farm members were hospitalized after their tour bus collided with a truck about 120 miles west of Madrid, Spain. Singer Dryden Mitchell broke a whirlwind and the bus driver was killed.
Also in 2002, Rosie O’Donnell hosted her last talk show. It had taken six years.
In 2010, singer Alanis Morissette married rapper Souleye in her Los Angeles home.
In 2017, a suicide bomber attacked an Ariana Grande (GRAHN ‘day) concert in Manchester, England. 22 people were killed and more than 500 injured.
Today’s birthdays: Actor Michael Constantine (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”, “Room 222”) is 94. The pianist Peter Nero is 87. The actor-director Richard Benjamin is 83. The actor Frank Converse is 83. The actress Barbara Parkins (“Peyton Place”), “Valley of the Dolls”) is 79. Songwriter Bernie Taupin is 71. Actor Al Corley (“Dynasty”) is 66. Singer Morrissey is 62. Actor Ann Cusack (“Jeff Foxworthy Show”, ” A league of its own “”) is 60. Bassist Dana Williams of Diamond Rio is 60. Guitarist Jesse Valenzuela of Gin Blossoms is 59. Actor Mark Christopher Lawrence (“Chuck”) is 57. Singer Johnny Gill is 55. Bassist Dan Roberts of Crash Test Dummies is 54. Actor Brooke Smith (“Grey’s Anatomy”, “The Silence of the Lambs”) is 54. Actor Michael Kelly (“House of Cards”) is 52. Model Naomi Campbell is 51. Actor Anna Belknap (“CSI: NY “) is 49. Singer Donell Jones is 48. Actor Sean Gunn (” Guardians o f the Galaxy “,” Gilmore Girls “) is 47. Actor AJ Langer (” Private Practice “) is 47. Actor Ginnifer Goodwin (” Once Upon A Ti “I”) is 43. Singer Vivian Green is 42. Actress Maggie Q (“Insurgent”, “Divergent”) is 42. Actress Molly Ephraim (“Last Man Standing”) is 35. Actress Anna Baryshnikov (“Superior Donuts”) is 29. Actor Camren Bicondova (BEEK’-un-DOH’- vah) (“Gotham”) is 22 years old.
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