In 1949, Arthur Miller's play "Death of a Salesman" opened on Broadway, with Lee J. Cobb in the role of Willy Loman.
In 1971, Carole King released her "Tapestry" album.
In 1990, Paula Abdul became the first female artist to have an album stay in the top 10 for over 50 weeks. It was her debut album, "Forever Your Girl."
In 1992, Alex Haley, the author of "Roots," died in Seattle at age 70.
In 1993, Michael Jackson revealed during a live TV interview with Oprah Winfrey that he had a disorder that destroys the pigmentation of his skin. He also insisted he's had very little plastic surgery, contrary to what the public has thought.
In 1997, singer Brian Connolly of Sweet died of kidney failure in a hospital in southern England. He was 52.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Robert Wagner is 83. Guitarist Don Wilson of The Ventures is 80. Singer Roberta Flack is 76. Singer Jimmy Merchant of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers is 73. Bassist Bob Spalding of The Ventures is 66. Keyboardist Cory Lerios of Pablo Cruise is 62. Actress Kathleen Beller ("Dynasty") is 57. Country singer Lionel Cartwright is 53. Actress Laura Dern is 46. Country singer Dude Mowrey is 41. Actress Elizabeth Banks ("Scrubs") is 39. Singer Eric Dill (The Click Five) is 31. Keyboardist Ben Romans of The Click Five is 31. Actress Emma Roberts ("Unfabulous," "Nancy Drew") is 22. Actress Makenzie Vega ("The Good Wife") is 19. Actress Chloe Grace Moretz ("Hugo," "Kick-Ass") is 16.