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In 1961 the live country program "Five Star Jubilee" premiered on NBC. It took its name from the five stars who rotated as hosts.
In 1962, The Shirelles' single "Soldier Boy" was released.
In 1968, The Bee Gees made their U.S. television debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show." The brothers sang "To Love Somebody" and "Words."
In 1982, the leader of The Capitols, Samuel George, was stabbed to death in Detroit during an argument. The group is known for the hit "Cool Jerk."
In 1993, actress Helen Hayes died at age 92 in Nyack, New York, following a battle with heart problems.
In 2004, Courtney Love was arrested for allegedly throwing a microphone stand at a member of the audience at a show in New York. Earlier that day, she had appeared on David Letterman's show and flashed him six times.
In 2005, rapper Lil' Kim was convicted of lying to a grand jury regarding a shooting outside a New York radio station.
In 2010, singer Alex Chilton of The Box Tops and of Big Star died in New Orleans after suffering heart problems. He was 59.
Today's Birthdays: Guitarist Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship is 72. Singer-songwriter Jim Weatherly is 70. Percussionist Harold Brown of War is 67. Actor Patrick Duffy is 64. Actor Kurt Russell is 62. Country singer Susie Allanson is 61. Actress Lesley-Anne Down is 59. Country singer Paul Overstreet is 58. Actor Christian Clemenson ("CSI: Miami") is 55. Actress Vicki Lewis ("NewsRadio") is 53. Actor Rob Lowe is 49. Singer Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins is 46. Bassist Van Conner of Screaming Trees is 46. Actor Mathew St. Patrick ("Six Feet Under") is 45. Actor Yanic (YAH'-neek) Truesdale ("Gilmore Girls") is 44. Bassist Melissa Auf der Maur (Smashing Pumpkins, Hole) is 41. Drummer Caroline Corr of The Corrs is 40. Actress Marisa Coughlan ("Freddy Got Fingered," "Teaching Mrs. Tingle") is 39. Rapper Swifty of D12 is 38. Actress Brittany Daniel ("It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia") is 37.