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Today in entertainment history: Feb. 19

Today in entertainment history: Feb. 19

TODAY IN 1974: Dick Clark staged the first American Music Awards as an alternative to the industry-dominated Grammy Awards. The winners of the American Music Awards are determined by the votes of music fans. "Tie A Yellow Ribbon" by Tony Orlando and Dawn won for favorite pop single that year. Photo: Associated Press

1972: Paul McCartney and Wings released “Give Ireland Back to the Irish,” a commentary about the Britain-Ireland conflict. It was banned by the BBC, but still reached the top 20 in England.

1974: Dick Clark staged the first American Music Awards as an alternative to the industry-dominated Grammy Awards. The winners of the American Music Awards are determined by the votes of music fans. “Tie A Yellow Ribbon” by Tony Orlando and Dawn won for favorite pop single that year.

1977: Fleetwood Mac released the album “Rumours.” It sold more than 17 million copies.

1980: AC/DC vocalist Bon Scott died after an all-night drinking binge in London. He was 33. His death came just months after the band scored its first North American success with the album “Highway to Hell.”

1995: Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee married Pamela Anderson of the TV show “Baywatch” on a beach in Cancun. The bride wore white — a bikini. They’ve since divorced.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Carlin Glynn (“Sixteen Candles”) is 75. Singer Smokey Robinson is 75. Singer Lou Christie is 72. Actor Michael Nader (“All My Children”) is 70. Guitarist Tony Iommi (eye-OH’-mee) of Black Sabbath is 67. Actor Jeff Daniels is 60. Singer-guitarist Dave Wakeling (General Public, English Beat) is 59. Talk show host Lorianne Crook is 58. Actor Leslie David Baker (“The Office”) is 57. Singer Seal is 52. Actress Jessica Tuck (“True Blood”) is 52. Drummer Jon Fishman of Phish is 50. Actress Justine Bateman is 49. Actor Benicio Del Toro is 48. Actress Bellamy Young (“Scandal”) is 45. Drummer Daniel Adair of 3 Doors Down is 40. Singer-actress Haylie Duff is 30. Actress Victoria Justice is 22.

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