On March 24th, 1949, "Hamlet" was named best picture at the Academy Awards. Its star, Laurence Olivier, won the best actor award.
In 1955, the Tennessee Williams play "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" opened on Broadway.
In 1965, bassist Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones was knocked unconscious by an electrical shock from a microphone stand on stage in Denmark.
In 1973, singer Lou Reed was bitten on his rear end by a concert-goer who leaped on stage in Buffalo, New York, and shouted "Leather!" Reed commented afterward that, in his words, "America seems to breed real animals."
In 1986, the best picture award at the Academy Awards went to "Out of Africa." Singer-songwriter Lionel Richie picked up an Oscar for "Say You, Say Me" from the movie "White Knights."
Also in 1986, Van Halen released their "5150" album, their first with Sammy Hagar on vocals.
In 1991, the Black Crowes were dropped as the opening act on ZZ Top's tour for repeatedly criticizing Miller Beer, who was sponsoring the tour.
In 1993, a jury in Los Angeles decided actress Kim Basinger was guilty of backing out of a verbal agreement to star in the movie "Boxing Helena."
Today's Birthdays: Actor R. Lee Ermey ("Full Metal Jacket") is 69. Singer Nick Lowe is 64. Bassist Dougie Thomson of Supertramp is 62. Comedian Louie Anderson is 60. Actor Robert Carradine is 59. Actress Donna Pescow is 59. Actress Kelly LeBrock is 53. DJ Rodney "Kool Kollie" Terry of Ghostown DJs is 52. TV personality Star Jones is 51. Guitarist Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers is 49. Actor Peter Jacobson ("House") is 48. Singer-violinist Sharon Corr of The Corrs is 43. Actress Lara Flynn Boyle is 43. Rapper Maceo of De La Soul is 43. Actress Megyn Price ("Rules of Engagement," "Grounded For Life") is 42. Actor Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory") is 40. Actress Alyson Hannigan ("How I Met Your Mother," "Buffy The Vampire Slayer") is 39. Actress Jessica Chastain ("Zero Dark Thirty," "The Help") is 36. Bassist Benj Gershman of O.A.R. is 33. Actress Keisha Castle-Hughes ("The Nativity Story," "Whale Rider") is 23.
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