Today in Entertainment History – KANW

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Today in Entertainment HistoryBy The Associated Press undefinedOn Aug. 26, 1946, Norma Jean Baker was signed to a contract with 20th Century Fox, who changed her name to Marilyn Monroe.In 1968, The Beatles released “Hey Jude” as a single.In 1970, Jimi Hendrix played what proved to be his last concert, at the Isle of Wight Pop Festival off the English coast. Three weeks later, Hendrix died in London.In 1978, fans caused massive traffic tie-ups on roads leading to the Canada Jam rock festival. Headliners like The Commodores, Dave Mason and Triumph had to be brought in by helicopter.In 1980, bassist Tom Petersson left Cheap Trick to form his own band. He rejoined Cheap Trick in 1988.In 1983, “Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence” starring David Bowie, opened in the U.S.In 1987, Sonny Bono announced he was running for mayor of Palm Springs, California.Also in 1991, Randy Newman won an Emmy award for writing music for the TV show “Cop Rock.”In 1996, “Airwolf” star Jan-Michael Vincent was in a traffic accident in southern California that left him temporarily paralyzed.Today’s Birthdays: Singer Vic Dana is 82. Singer Valerie Simpson of Ashford and Simpson is 77. Singer Bob Cowsill of The Cowsills is 73. “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker is 71. Bandleader Branford Marsalis is 62. Guitarist Jimmy Olander of Diamond Rio is 61. …

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