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Today in entertainment history: May 16

Today in entertainment history: May 16

HAPPY BIRTHDAY:Singer Janet Jackson is 50 today. Photo: Associated Press

1960: Berry Gordy formed Motown Records.

1966: The Beach Boys released their groundbreaking album, “Pet Sounds.”

1969: Pete Townshend of The Who spent a night in jail in New York after being charged with assault. The Who was performing when a fire broke out next door. A plainclothes policeman jumped on stage to warn the crowd, but Townshend, not knowing it was a policeman, booted him off stage.

1984: Comedian Andy Kaufman died at the age of 35.

1990: Sammy Davis Junior died in Los Angeles at age 64 after a long battle with throat cancer. The entertainment world also lost “Muppets” creator Jim Henson that same day. He died in New York at age 53.

2000: Prince announced he was dropping the unpronounceable symbol for his name and going back to being called Prince.

2010: Rock musician Ronnie James Dio died of stomach cancer. He was 67.

Today’s Birthdays: Jazz drummer Billy Cobham is 72. Actor Danny Trejo is 72. Actor Pierce Brosnan is 63. Actress Debra Winger is 61. Actress Mare Winningham is 57. Violinist Boyd Tinsley of The Dave Matthews Band is 52. Bassist Krist Novoselic(Nirvana) is 51. Singer Janet Jackson is 50. Actor Brian F. O’Byrne (“Million Dollar Baby”) is 49. Singer Ralph Tresvant is 48. Actor David Boreanaz (“Bones,” ”Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) is 47. Political correspondent Tucker Carlson is 47. Actress Tracey Gold is 47. Country singer Rick Trevino is 45. Actress Tori Spelling is 43. Actor Sean Carrigan (“The Young and the Restless”) is 42. Rapper B. Slade is 41. Actress Melanie Lynskey (“Two and a Half Men”) is 39. Actress Megan Fox (“Transformers”) is 30. Actor Drew Roy (“Falling Skies,” ”Hannah Montana”) is 30. Actor Thomas Brodie-Sangster (“Game of Thrones”) is 26. Actor Marc John Jefferies (“The Tracy Morgan Show”) is 26.

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