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Today in entertainment history: Feb. 28

Today in entertainment history: Feb. 28

M*A*S*H: From left to right: Harry Morgan, Jamie Farr and Loretta Swit, members of the cast of television's "M*A*S*H*," arrive at the Pasadena Civic Center, Sept. 19, 1982 for the 34th Emmy Awards ceremonies. Photo: Associated Press

1966: The Cavern Club in Liverpool, where the Beatles began their climb to fame, closed because of financial problems. The next day, dozens of people protested at the club in hopes of keeping it open.

1979: “Talking horse” Mr. Ed died.

1983: The final episode of “MASH” aired, bringing in the biggest TV audience of all time to that date.

1984: Michael Jackson won a record eight Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year for “Thriller.” But, Jackson lost to Sting of the Police in the Song of the Year category, when “Every Breath You Take” won.

2000: The Pretenders played a concert in their hometown of Akron, Ohio, for the first time.

2005: Opening arguments began in Michael Jackson’s child molestation trial. He was later acquitted.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Gavin MacLeod (“The Love Boat,” ”The Mary Tyler Moore Show”) is 83. Singer Sam the Sham is 77. Actor-director-dancer Tommy Tune is 75. Actor Frank Bonner (“WKRP in Cincinnati”) is 72. Actress Kelly Bishop (“Gilmore Girls”) is 70. Actress Stephanie Beacham (“Beverly Hills, 90210,” “The Colbys”) is 67. Actress Bernadette Peters is 66. Actress Mercedes Ruehl is 66. Comedian Gilbert Gottfried is 59. Actor John Turturro is 57. Singer Cindy Wilson of The B-52’s is 57. Actress Rae Dawn Chong is 53. Actor Robert Sean Leonard is 45. Singer Pat Monahan of Train is 45. Actress Tasha Smith (“For Better or Worse” ”Boston Common,” ”Jumping the Broom,” ”Couples Retreat”) is 43. Actor Rory Conchrane (“24,” ”CSI: Miami”) is 42. Actress Ali Larter (“Heroes”) is 38. Singer Jason Aldean is 37. Actor Bobb’e J. Thompson (“The Tracy Morgan Show”) is 18.

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