On October 30, 1938, the radio play “War of the Worlds”, starring Orson Welles, aired on CBS. Using fake news reports and mock on-site reporting to describe a Martian invasion, the show sparked panic among listeners who believed the dramatized events were genuine.
In 1961, Phil Spector’s label Philes released their first single. It was a record from The Crystals: “Oh, Yeah, Maybe Baby” accompanied by “There’s No Other (Like My Baby)”.
In 1964, Roy Orbison received a gold record for “Oh, Pretty Woman”.
In 1967, Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones pleaded guilty to drug possession and was sentenced to nine months in prison. He was released pending an appeal.
In 1970, Jim Morrison of The Doors was sentenced to six months in jail and a $ 500 fine for reporting himself in Miami. He never served the sentence because he was appealing the decision when he died the following July.
In 1972, Elton John made a command performance advantage for Queen Elizabeth.
In 1974, Kathy Silva filed for divorce from musician Sly Stone of Sly and the Family Stone after less than six months of marriage.
In 1978, the animated TV movie “Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park” was broadcast on NBC.
In 1982, singer Paul Weller announced the separation of the British group The Jam.
In 1984, Linda Ronstadt made her opera debut in a production of “La Bohème” in New York.
In 1997, drummer Bill Berry left REM
In 2002, Run-DMC’s Jam Master Jay was shot dead in his recording studio in New York City. He was 37 years old.
In 2004, Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker married former Miss USA Shanna Moakler in Santa Barbara, California. They have since separated.
Today’s Birthdays: Songwriter Eddie Holland of Holland-Dozier-Holland is 82 years old. Singer Grace Slick is 82 years old. The Temptations singer Otis Williams is 80 years old. Actor Henry Winkler is 76 years old. Television journalist Andrea Mitchell is 75 years old. The Eagles (and Poco) bassist Timothy B. Schmit is 74 years old. Actor Harry Hamlin is 70 years old. Actor Charles Martin Smith (“American Graffiti”) is 68 years old. Country singer T. Graham Brown is 67 years old. Actor Kevin Pollak is 64 years old. Singer-guitarist Jerry De Borg of Jesus Jones is 61 years old. Actor Michael Beach (“Soul Food”, Third Watch “) is 58 years old. Bush singer-guitarist Gavin Rossdale is 56 years old. Actor Jack Plotnick (“Reno 911!”) Is 53 years old. Cash Cab host Ben Bailey is 51 years old. Actor Billy Brown (“How To Get Away With Murder”, “Dexter”) is 51 years old. Actor Nia Long is 51 years old. SHeDAISY (sh-DAY’-zee) country singer Kassidy Osborn is 45 years old. Actor Gael Garcia Bernal (“Babel”, “The Motorcycle Diaries”) is 43 years old. Actor Matthew Morrison (“Glee”) is 43 years old. Actor Fiona Dourif (“When We Rise”, “True Blood”) is 40 years old. Actor Shaun Sipos (SEE ‘-pohs) (“Mel rose Place”) is 40 years old. Actor Tasso Feldman (“The Resident”) is 38 years old. Actor Janel (juh-NEHL ‘) Parrish (“Pretty Little Liars”) is 33 years old. Actor Tequan Richmond (“Everyone Hates Chris”) is 29 years old. Actor Kennedy McMann (the TV series “Nancy Drew”) is 25 years old.
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