Today in entertainment history: “Mickey Mouse Club” debuted

The film “The Maltese Falcon” was released on October 3, 1941.

In 1945, ten-year-old Elvis Presley made his first public appearance at a Mississippi-Alabama Dairy Show talent show, singing “Old Shep.” He won second place and $5.

In 1954, “Father Knows Best” premiered on CBS.

In 1955, “Captain Kangaroo” premiered on CBS and “The Mickey Mouse Club” made its debut on ABC.

In 1957, “The Woody Woodpecker Show” premiered on ABC.

Folk singer Woody Guthrie died in New York in 1967 at the age of 55. Guthrie had spent most of his last decade in the hospital, suffering from Huntington’s disease.

In 1998, actor Roddy McDowall died of cancer in Los Angeles. He was 70.

In 2000, singer and bassist Benjamin Orr of The Cars died of pancreatic cancer in Atlanta. He was 53.

In 2003, Roy Horn from Siegfried and Roy was mauled by a white tiger during a performance in Las Vegas.

Today’s birthdays: Composer Steve Reich is 87. Singer Chubby Checker is 82. Actor Alan Rachins (“Dharma and Greg,” “LA Law”) is 81. Singer and guitarist Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac is 74. Jazz saxophonist Ronnie Laws is 73. Blues singer Keb’ Mo’ is 72. Actor Hart Bochner (BOK’-ner) (“Breaking Away”) is 67. Actor Peter Frechette (“Profiler”) is 67. Actor-comedian Greg Proops is 64. Actor-singer Jack Wagner is 64. Drummer Tommy Lee of Motley Crue is 61. Actor Janel Moloney (“The West Wing”) is 54. Singer Gwen Stefani (steh-FAH’-nee) of No Doubt is 54. Singer Kevin Richardson of The Backstreet Boys is 52. Singer G. Love is 51. Actress Keiko Agena (KAY’-koh ah-GAYN’-ah) (“Prodigal Son,” “Gilmore Girls”) is 50. Actress Neve (NEV) Campbell is 50. Actress Lena Headey (HEE’-dee) (“Game of Thrones”) is 50. Singer India.Arie (ah-REE’) is 48. Rapper Talib Kweli (tuh-LIB’ kwah-LEE’) is 48. Actress Alanna Ubach (“Legally Blonde” films) is 48. Actor Seann William Scott (film “Dukes of Hazzard”, “American Pie”) is 47. Actor Shannyn Sossamon (TV series “Moonlight”, film “The Rules of Attraction”) is 45. Guitarist Josh Klinghoffer (Red Hot Chili Peppers) is 44. Guitarist Mark King of Hinder is 41. Actress Tessa Thompson (“Westworld”) is 40. Country singer Cherrill Green of Edens Edge is 40. Country singer Drake White is 40. Actress Meagan Holder (“Pitch”) is 39. Actor Christopher Marquette (“Barry,” “Joan of Arcadia”) is 39. Singer and actress Ashlee Simpson is 39. Rapper A$AP Rocky is 35. Actress Alicia Vikander (“The Danish Girl,” “Ex Machina”) is 35. Actor Noah Schnapp (“Stranger Things”) is 19.

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