Jazz trumpeter and innovator Miles Davis was born on May 25, 1926 in Alton, Illinois. Davis died in 1991.
In 1965, Kinks guitarist Dave Davies passed out on stage when he slammed into drummer Mick Avery’s cymbal during a London concert. The Kinks canceled the rest of the UK tour.
In 1968 the Monterey International Pop Festival in California was canceled due to public pressure. Fifty-two thousand dollars and the festival’s accountant were later reported missing.
In 1973 Carole King gave a free concert in New York’s Central Park for the largest music audience at the time that had ever gathered there: 100,000 people.
In 1977 the first “Star Wars” film (later renamed “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope”) was released by 20th Century Fox.
In 1978 The Who filmed concert sequences for the documentary “The Kids Are Alright” in London. It was the last time drummer Keith Moon played with the band.
In 1986, an estimated seven million Americans joined Hands Across America across the country to raise money for the nation’s hungry and homeless people.
In 1992 Jay Leno took over the Tonight Show, replacing Johnny Carson. Leno’s first guest was Billy Crystal.
In 1996, Sublime singer Bradley Nowell was found dead in his San Francisco motel room from a drug overdose. He was 28 years old.
In 2005, Carrie Underwood beat Bo Bice and won the fourth season of “American Idol”.
Today’s birthdays: Actress Ann Robinson (“War of the Worlds”) is 92 years old. Country singer Tom T. Hall is 85 years old. The actor Ian McKellen (“Lord of the Rings”) is 82 years old. Country singer Jessi Colter is 78 years old. Leslie Uggams is 78. Director-Muppetteer Frank Oz is 77. Actor Karen Valentine is 74. Actor Jacki Weaver (“Silver Linings Playbook”) is 74. Singer Klaus Meine (MYN) of Scorpions is 74. Actor Patti D’Arbanville (“New York Undercover”) is 70. Actor Connie Sellecca is 66. Singer and guitarist Paul Weller of The Jam is 63. Actor-comedian Mike Myers is 58. Actor Joseph Reitman (“The Perfect Storm ”) is 53. Actor Anne Heche (HAYCH) is 52. Actors Sidney and Lindsay Greenbush (“ Little House on the Prairie ”) are 51. Actor Jamie Kennedy (“ Scream ”) is 51. Actor Octavia Spencer (“ The Help “) is 51. Actor Justin Henry (” Kramer Vs. Kramer “) is 50. Rapper Daz Dillinger of Tha Dogg Pound is 48. Actor Erinn Hayes (” Kevin Can Wait “) is 45. Actor Cillian Murphy (” The Dark Knight “,” Batman Begins “) is 45th actor Ethan Suplee ( soo-PLEE ‘) (“My name is Earl”) is 45. Actor Lauren Frost (“Even Stevens”) is 36. Musician Guy Lawrence of Disclosure is 30.
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