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Today in entertainment history: Oct. 30

Today in entertainment history: Oct. 30

RUN-DMC: Members of the rap group Run-DMC pose at the second Annual MTV Video Music Awards, Sept. 13,1985. Left to right: DMC, Run, and Jam-Master Jay. Photo: Associated Press/Mario Suriani

A look at the historical Hollywood moments that happened on Oct. 30

1938: The radio play “The War of the Worlds,” starring Orson Welles, aired on CBS. Using fake news bulletins and simulated on-scene reports to portray an invasion by Martians, the broadcast sparked panic among listeners who thought the dramatized events were authentic.

1964: Roy Orbison was awarded a gold record for “Oh, Pretty Woman.”

1970: Jim Morrison of The Doors was sentenced to six months in jail and fined $500 for exposing himself in Miami.

1997: Drummer Bill Berry quit R.E.M.

2002: Jam Master Jay of Run-DMC was shot and killed at his recording studio in New York. He was 37.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Dick Gautier is 76. Songwriter Eddie Holland is 74. Singer Grace Slick is 74. Singer Otis Williams of The Temptations is 72. Actor Henry Winkler is 68. Bassist Timothy B. Schmit of The Eagles (and Poco) is 66. Actor Harry Hamlin is 62. Actor Charles Martin Smith is 60. Country singer T. Graham Brown is 59. Actor Kevin Pollak is 56. Actor Michael Beach (“Soul Food,” ”Third Watch”) is 50. Singer-guitarist Gavin Rossdale of Bush is 46. Actor Jack Plotnick (“Reno 911!”) is 45. “Cash Cab” host Ben Bailey is 43. Actress Nia Long is 43. Country singer Kassidy Osborn of SHeDAISY is 37. Actor Matthew Morrison (“Glee”) is 35. Actor Tequan Richmond (“Everybody Hates Chris”) is 21.

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