1962: The Beatles made their TV debut on the BBC program “Teenager’s Turn.” They performed a cover of Roy Orbison’s “Dream Baby.”
1970: Diana Ross performed her first solo concert after leaving The Supremes, in Framingham, Massachusetts.
1973: Keyboardist Ron “Pigpen” McKernan of the Grateful Dead died at his apartment in Madera, California. He was 27. McKernan had been under a doctor’s care for cirrhosis.
1992: Actress Annette Funicello revealed she had multiple sclerosis.
1993: “Beavis and Butt-Head” premiered on MTV as a series. Previously, the characters were shown on MTV’s “Liquid Television” program.
Today’s Birthdays: Actress Sue Ane (correct) Langdon is 78. Songwriter Carole Bayer Sager is 70. Musician-actor Micky Dolenz of The Monkees is 69. Bassist Randy Meisner (The Eagles, Poco) is 68. Singer Peggy March is 66. Singer Gary Numan is 56. Actor Aidan Quinn is 55. Guitarist Jimmy Dormire of Confederate Railroad is 54. Actress Camryn Mannheim (“The Practice”) is 53. Singer Shawn Mullins is 46. Actress Andrea Parker (“The Pretender”) is 44. Actor Freddie Prinze Junior is 38. Actor James Van Der Beek is 37. Singer Kameelah Williams of 702 is 36. Singer Tom Chaplin of Keane is 35. Guitarist Andy Ross of OK Go is 35. Jessica Collins (“Revolution”) is 31. Singer Kristinia DeBarge is 24
1969: The Smothers Brothers’ TV show was canceled by CBS following a controversy over remarks made by Joan Baez. The brothers had refused to censor comments about her husband, who was going to jail for objecting to the draft.
1974: The Grand Ole Opry put on its last Saturday night show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
1987: U2 released their album “The Joshua Tree.”
1993: Winners of People’s Choice awards included actors Tim Allen, Candice Bergen, Kevin Costner and Whoopi Goldberg. Garth Brooks and Whitney Houston were named favorite male and female musical performers. Alabama won in the favorite musical group category.
1996: Comedian George Burns died at the age of 100.
1997: Rapper the Notorious B.I.G. was shot to death while sitting in his car after a music industry party. He was 24.
Today’s Birthdays: Singer-actress Keely Smith is 86. Singer Lloyd Price is 81. Actress Joyce Van Patten is 80. Actor-comedian Marty Ingels is 78. Country singer Mickey Gilley is 78. Actress Trish Van Devere is 73. Singer Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders is 72. Former “Good Morning America” host Charles Gibson is 71. Guitarist Robin Trower (Procol Harum) is 69. Guitarist-harmonica player Jimmie Fadden of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is 66. Singer Jeffrey Osborne is 66. Actress Linda Fiorentino is 54. Guitarist Rusty Hendrix of Confederate Railroad is 54. Actress Juliette Binoche is 50. Bassist Robert Sledge of Ben Folds Five is 46. Rapper C-Miller (formerly C-Murder) is 43. Actor Emmanuel Lewis (“Webster”) is 43. Actress Jean Louisa Kelly (“Yes, Dear,” ”Mr. Holland’s Opus”) is 42. Actor Kerr Smith (“Dawson’s Creek”) is 42. Rapper Chingy is 34. Keyboardist Ben Tanner of Alabama Shakes is 31. Actress Brittany Snow (“Pitch Perfect”) is 28. Rapper Bow Wow is 27. Actor Luis Armand Garcia (“George Lopez”) is 22. Actress Cierra Ramirez (“The Fosters”) is 19.