Today in Entertainment History

On March 5, 1955, Elvis Presley made his TV debut on the regional show “The Louisiana Hayride.”

In 1960, Elvis Presley was discharged from the Army.

In 1963, country singers Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins were killed when their small plane crashed near Camden, Tennessee. They were returning to Nashville following a benefit concert.

In 1971, Badfinger began its first American tour, in Toledo, Ohio.

In 1975, singer Rod Stewart met actress Britt Ekland at a party in Los Angeles. Their romance became much publicized.

In 1979, MCA Records dissolved the ABC record label. Hundreds of staffers were fired.

In 1982, comedian John Belushi was found dead of a drug overdose in Hollywood. He was 33.

In 1993, Paul McCartney kicked off a world tour in Perth, Australia, in support of his album “Off The Ground.”

In 2002, “The Osbournes” premiered on MTV.

In 2004, Martha Stewart was convicted of obstruction of justice and lying to government investigators involving her ImClone stock. She was sentenced to five months in a minimum-security prison.

In 2015, actor Harrison Ford crash-landed his vintage plane on a golf course in Los Angeles after reporting engine failure shortly after takeoff.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Paul Sand (“St. Elsewhere”) is 86. Actor James B. Sikking (“Hill Street Blues,” ”Doogie Howser, M.D.”) is 84. Actor Dean Stockwell (“JAG,” ”Quantum Leap”) is 82. Football player-turned-actor Fred Williamson is 80. Actress Samantha Eggar (“The Molly Maguires,” ”Dr. Doolittle”) is 79. Actor Michael Warren (“Soul Food,” ”Hill Street Blues”) is 72. Actor Eddie Hodges is 71. Singer Eddy Grant is 70. Keyboardist Alan Clark of Dire Straits is 66. Actress-comedian Marsha Warfield (“Night Court”) is 64. Magician Penn Jillette of Penn and Teller is 63. Actress Adriana Barraza is 62. Actress Talia Balsam (“Divorce,” ”Mad Men”) is 59. Musicians Charlie and Craig Reid of The Proclaimers are 56. Actor Paul Blackthorne (“Arrow,” ”24″) is 49. Guitarist John Frusciante (froo-SHAN’-tee) is 48. Singer Rome is 48. Actor Kevin Connolly (“Entourage”) is 44. Actress Eva Mendes is 44. Actress Jolene Blalock (“Enterprise”) is 43. Model Niki Taylor is 43. Actress Kimberly McCullough (“General Hospital”) is 40. Actor Sterling Knight (“Sonny With A Chance”) is 29. Actor Jake Lloyd (“Star Wars” films) is 29.

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