News

Today in entertainment history: Aug. 1

Today in entertainment history: Aug. 1

THIS DAY IN 1981:MTV made its debut on cable stations across the U.S. The first video played was "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles. Photo: Associated Press

1960: Chubby Checker released the single “The Twist.”

1971: The Concerts for Bangladesh were held at New York’s Madison Square Garden. It was the first large-scale benefit concert and a precursor to shows like Live Aid. The concerts featured George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Badfinger, Ringo Starr and Billy Preston.

1977: The book “Elvis — What Happened” was released to bookstores nationwide. It was an expose’ by two former bodyguards who presented Elvis as an overweight recluse. Elvis died two weeks later.

1981: MTV made its debut on cable stations across the U.S. The first video played was “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles.

1986: U2 began recording sessions in Dublin, Ireland, that became their album “The Joshua Tree.”

Today’s Birthdays: Actor-director Geoffrey Holder is 84. Singer Ramblin’ Jack Elliott is 83. Blues musician Robert Cray is 61. Singer Michael Penn is 56. Singer Joe Elliott of Def Leppard is 55. Rapper Chuck D of Public Enemy is 54. Guitarist Suzi Gardner of L7 is 54. Rapper Coolio is 51. Singer Adam Duritz of Counting Crows is 50. Country singer George Ducas is 48. Guitarist Charlie Kelley (Buffalo Club) is 46. Actress Jennifer Gareis (“The Bold and the Beautiful”) is 44. Actress Tempestt Bledsoe (“The Cosby Show”) is 41. Singer Ashley Parker Angel (O-Town) is 33.

Latest Headlines

in Entertainment

‘Downton Abbey’ to end after season six

This photo released by PBS and Carnival Film and Television Limited shows, from left, Lesley Nicol as Mrs. Patmore, and Sophie McShera as Daisy, in a scene from season four of the Masterpiece TV series, "Downton Abbey." As it returns for its much-awaited fourth season, it remains a series about elegance, tradition and gentility, and the pressures of preserving them. The show premieres Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 9 pm ET on PBS.

Producers confirm that the next season of "Downton Abbey" will be the last.

in Entertainment

‘Empire’ co-stars spark romance rumors

gracegealey

Are Trai Byers and Grace Gealey more than just coworkers?

in Entertainment

Idris Elba could be the next ‘Star Trek’ villain

idriselba

The in-demand actor is in talks to join the star-studded cast of the sci-fi franchise.

in Lifestyle

Eyes on the road: AAA says distracted driving worse than we thought

driving

You know how some people insist they can drive safely — even while they fiddle with their smartphones or other electronic devices? They can't.

in Entertainment, Weird

Balki’s bills: ‘Perfect Strangers’ star owes $280K in taxes, mortgage payments

pinchot

Bank officials say actor Bronson Pinchot hasn't been heard from in over a year.