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Today in entertainment history: July 7

Today in entertainment history: July 7

THIS DAY IN 2009:A star-studded memorial service was held for Michael Jackson in Los Angeles, 12 days after his death. Among those who paid tribute to Jackson included Usher, Stevie Wonder, Brooke Shields, Smokey Robinson, Lionel Richie, John Mayer, Jennifer Hudson and Queen Latifah. Photo: Associated Press

1954: Dewey Phillips of WHBQ in Memphis became the first DJ to play an Elvis Presley record. He premiered “That’s All Right,” and he also interviewed Elvis.

1968: The Yardbirds broke up. Guitarist Jimmy Page formed the New Yardbirds, which became Led Zeppelin.

1978: Morris the Cat of the “Nine Lives” cat food commercials was rescued by trainer Bob Martwick from the pound just a few minutes before he was to be put to sleep.

1980: The original lineup of Led Zeppelin gave its final show.

2009: A star-studded memorial service was held for Michael Jackson in Los Angeles, 12 days after his death. Among those who paid tribute to Jackson included Usher, Stevie Wonder, Brooke Shields, Smokey Robinson, Lionel Richie, John Mayer, Jennifer Hudson and Queen Latifah.

Today’s Birthdays: Bandleader Doc Severinsen is 87. Drummer Ringo Starr is 74. Singer-guitarist Warren Entner of the Grass Roots is 71. Bassist Jim Rodford (Argent) is 69. Actor Joe Spano is 68. Singer David Hodo (the construction worker) of The Village People is 67. Country singer Linda Williams is 67. Actress Shelley Duvall is 65. Actress Roz Ryan (“Amen”) is 63. Actor Billy Campbell (“Once and Again”) is 55. Bassist Mark White of the Spin Doctors is 52. Singer-songwriter Vonda Shepard (“Ally McBeal”) is 51. Comedian Jim Gaffigan is 48. Bassist Ricky Kinchen of Mint Condition is 48. Actress Amy Carlson (“Blue Bloods”) is 46. Actress Jorja Fox (“CSI”) is 46. Actress Cree Summer (“A Different World”) is 45. Actor Troy Garity (“Barbershop”) is 41. Actress Berenice Bejo (“The Artist”) is 38. Actor Hamish Linklater (“The New Adventures of Old Christine”) is 38. Actor Ross Malinger (“Sleepless in Seattle”) is 30.

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