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Today in entertainment history: June 17

Today in entertainment history: June 17

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BARRY: Entertainer Barry Manilow turns 71 today. Photo: Associated Press

1968:The Ohio Express got their first gold single with “Yummy, Yummy, Yummy.”

1978: Jefferson Starship failed to perform at a festival in Germany because singer Grace Slick was unable to go onstage. Angry fans started a riot and caused over a million dollars in damage.

2000: Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson married Kristin Willits in Lexington, Kentucky.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Peter Lupus (TV’s “Mission: Impossible”) is 82. Singer Barry Manilow is 71. Comedian Joe Piscopo is 63. Actor Mark Linn-Baker (“Perfect Strangers”) is 60. Director Bobby Farrelly (“There’s Something About Mary”) is 56. Actor Thomas Haden Church (“Sideways,” ”Wings,” ”Ned and Stacy”) is 53. Actor Greg Kinnear is 51. Actress Kami Cotler (“The Waltons”) is 49. Actor Jason Patric is 48. Singer Kevin Thornton of Color Me Badd is 45. Actor-comedian Will Forte (“Saturday Night Live”) is 44. Actor-rapper Herculeez of Herculeez and Big Tyme is 31. Rapper Kendrick Lamar is 27.

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