In 1973, Jerry Lee Lewis made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry. Opry officials allowed him to perform as long as he didn't use profanities and played only country music. By the end of the set, Lewis broke both agreements.
In 1982, singer Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off a live bat during a concert in Des Moines, Iowa. He claimed he thought it was a toy thrown to him by an audience member.
In 1984, Johnny Weissmuller, an Olympic champion who went on to movie stardom as "Tarzan," died in Acapulco, Mexico, at age 79.
In 1990, actress Barbara Stanwyck, known for her role on "The Big Valley," died of heart failure. She was 82.
Also in 1990, comedians Roseanne Barr and Tom Arnold got married. They have since split up.
In 1993, actress Audrey Hepburn died of cancer in Switzerland at the age of 63.
In 1998, singer Alice Nutter of Chumbawamba said on "Politically Incorrect" that the band advocated fans stealing copies of their album. Virgin Megastores reacted by pulling their albums from the shelves and putting them behind the counters.
In 2012, singer Etta James died of complications from leukemia at the age of 73.
Today's Birthdays: Singer Slim Whitman is 89. Comedian Arte (AHR'-tee) Johnson is 84. Singer Eric Stewart (10cc, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders) is 68. Director David Lynch is 67. Drummer George Grantham of Poco is 66. Bassist Ian Hill of Judas Priest is 61. TV host Bill Maher (MAR) ("Politically Incorrect") is 57. Actor Lorenzo Lamas is 55. Actor James Denton ("Desperate Housewives") is 50. Bassist Greg K. of The Offspring is 48. Country singer John Michael Montgomery is 48. Actor Rainn Wilson ("The Office") is 47. Actress Stacey Dash ("Clueless") is 46. Actor Reno Wilson ("Mike and Molly") is 44. Singer Edwin McCain is 43. Actor Skeet Ulrich ("Scream," "As Good As It Gets") is 43. Drummer ?uestlove (questlove) of The Roots is 42. Drummer Rob Bourdon of Linkin Park is 34. Country singer Brantley Gilbert is 28. Actor Evan Peters ("American Horror Story") is 26.
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