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.
1986: Singer George Michael announced Wham! was breaking up.
2000: The Pretenders played a concert in their hometown of Akron, Ohio, for the first time.
Today’s Birthdays: Actor Gavin MacLeod is 84. Actor Don Francks is 83. Singer Sam the Sham is 78. Actor-director-dancer Tommy Tune is 76. Actor Frank Bonner is 73. Actress Kelly Bishop is 71. Actress Stephanie Beacham is 68. Writer-director Mike Figgis is 67. Actress Mercedes Ruehl is 67. Actress Bernadette Peters is 67. Actress Ilene Graff is 66. Comedian Gilbert Gottfried is 60. Actor John Turturro is 58. Singer Cindy Wilson is 58. Actress Rae Dawn Chong is 54. Actress Maxine Bahns is 46. Actor Robert Sean Leonard is 46. Singer Pat Monahan is 46. Actress Tasha Smith is 44. Actor Rory Cochrane is 43. Actress Ali Larter is 39. Country singer Jason Aldean is 38. Actor Geoffrey Arend is 37. Actress Michelle Horn is 28. Actress Madisen Beaty is 20. Actress Quinn Shephard is 20. Actor Bobb’e J. Thompson is 19.
1968: Johnny Cash and June Carter were married in Franklin, Kentucky.
1991: The Oliver Stone movie “The Doors” opened in the US, with Val Kilmer portraying singer Jim Morrison.
1995: Drummer Bill Berry of R.E.M. left the stage during a concert in Switzerland after having a brain aneurysm.
2014: Ellen DeGeneres, Bradley Cooper, Jared Leto, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Spacey, Julia Roberts and Lupita Nyong’o (loo-PEE’-tuh nee-YAHNG’-goh) posed for a group selfie at the Oscars. It was re-tweeted on Twitter more than three million times in two weeks, making it the most re-tweeted photo.
Today’s Birthdays: Actor Robert Clary (“Hogan’s Heroes”) is 89. Singer Harry Belafonte is 88. Actor Robert Conrad is 80. Singer Mike D’Abo of Manfred Mann is 71. Singer Roger Daltrey is 71. Actor Alan Thicke (“Growing Pains”) is 68. Actor-director Ron Howard is 61. Country singer Janis Oliver Cummins of Sweethearts of the Rodeo is 61. Actress Catherine Bach (“The Dukes of Hazzard”) is 61. Actor Tim Daly is 59. Keyboardist Jon Carroll (Starland Vocal Band) is 58. Bassist Bill Leen (Gin Blossoms) is 53. Actor Bryan Batt (“Mad Men”) is 52. Actor Chris Eigeman (“Gilmore Girls,” ”Malcolm in the Middle”) is 50. Actor George Eads (“C.S.I.”) is 48. Actor Javier Bardem is 46. Actor Jack Davenport (“Pirates of the Caribbean,” ”Smash”) is 42. Guitarist Ryan Peake of Nickelback is 42. Actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar (“NYPD Blue,” ”Saved By the Bell”) is 41. Actor Jensen Ackles (“Supernatural”) is 37. “Blues Clues” host Donovan Patton is 37. Actress Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave”) is 32. Singer Kesha (KESH’-ah) is 28. Singer Sammie is 28. Singer Justin Bieber is 21.