Today in Entertainment History – Feb. 8

Composer and conductor John Williams leads the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra during the grand opening celebration at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort theme park in Orlando, Fla., Wednesday, June 16, 2010. Williams has composed many film scores, including Star Wars, Superman, Home Alone, the first three Harry Potter movies and many Steven Spielberg's feature films including the Indiana Jones series, Schindler's List, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park and Jaws.(AP Photo/John Raoux)

(AP) — On Feb. 8, 1915, the motion picture “The Birth of a Nation,” directed by D.W. Griffith, premiered in Los Angeles.

In 1969, the supergroup Blind Faith was formed, featuring Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Steve Winwood.

In 1971, the Bob Dylan film “Eat The Document” was shown at the New York Academy of Music. Dylan had wanted the documentary to appear on TV, but it didn’t until ten years later.

In 1973, Carly Simon received a gold record for the single “You’re So Vain.”

In 1990, singer Del Shannon was found shot to death at his home in Santa Clarita, California. Police found a rifle near his body, suggesting he committed suicide. His biggest hits were “Runaway” and “Hats Off To Larry.”

Also in 1990, CBS News suspended “60 Minutes” commentator Andy Rooney for racial remarks he allegedly made about blacks in the gay magazine “The Advocate.” Rooney denied the quotes.

In 2006, Sly and the Family Stone reunited for a performance at the Grammys. Stone had not performed live in 19 years.

In 2009, Chris Brown was arrested and accused of beating up Rihanna. He later pleaded guilty to felony assault.

Today’s Birthdays: Composer-conductor John Williams is 84. ABC News anchor Ted Koppel is 76. Actor Nick Nolte is 75. Comedian Robert Klein is 74. Actor-guitarist Creed Batton (“The Office”) (The Grass Roots) is 73. Actress Brooke Adams is 67. Actress Mary Steenburgen is 63. Author John Grisham is 61. Singer Vince Neil of Motley Crue is 55. Singer-guitarist Sammy Llanas of The BoDeans is 55. Producer Toby Emmerich is 53. Actress Mary McCormack is 47. Guitarist Keith Nelson of Buckcherry is 47. Musician Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo of Daft Punk is 42. Actor Seth Green (“Austin Powers,” ”Buffy The Vampire Slayer”) is 42. Actor Josh Morrow (“The Young and the Restless”) is 42. Bassist Phoenix of Linkin Park is 39. Actor Jim Parrack (“True Blood”) is 35. Musician Joey Ryan of Milk Carton Kids is 34. Actress Cecily Strong (“Saturday Night Live”) is 32. Drummer Max Grahn of Carolina Liar is 28. Actress Karle Warren (“Judging Amy”) is 24.

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