Today in Entertainment History – March 1

Johnny Cash and his wife, June Carter, stand in the Blue Room of the White House after a practice session in Washington D.C. on April 17, 1970. Cash will be singing for U.S. President Richard Nixon and guests. (AP Photo/Charles W. Harrity)

(AP) — On March 1, 1968, Johnny Cash and June Carter were married in Franklin, Kentucky.

In 1969, Doors lead singer Jim Morrison was charged with several offenses after allegedly exposing himself on stage during a concert in Miami. He was found guilty of exposure and profanity charges in 1970. His sentence was on appeal when he died in 1971. Florida’s Clemency Board pardoned Morrison in December 2010.

In 1972, singer Merle Haggard was pardoned by California Gov. Ronald Reagan. Haggard had served time for attempted burglary.

In 1973, New York’s Joffrey Ballet gave its first performance of “Deuce Coupe Ballet,” which was set entirely to Beach Boys music.

In 1977, Sara Lowndes Dylan filed for divorce from Bob Dylan. The divorce would be granted in June of that year.

In 1980, singer Patti Smith married guitarist Fred “Sonic” Smith of MC Five in Detroit.

In 1987, actress Cybill Shepherd and chiropractor Bruce Oppenheim were married. They filed for divorce in 1989.

In 1991, Gloria Estefan opened her first tour after suffering a broken back in a bus accident, with a show in Miami.

Also in 1991, the Oliver Stone movie “The Doors” opened in the U.S., with Val Kilmer portraying singer Jim Morrison.

In 1993, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel got together for a concert to help needy children in Los Angeles. They had reunited only a few times in the previous two decades.

In 1995, drummer Bill Berry of R.E.M. left the stage during a concert in Switzerland after having a brain aneurysm.

In 1996, rapper Queen Latifah pleaded guilty to carrying a loaded gun in her car. She was fined and ordered to make a donation to a boys and girls club.

In 2014, Ellen DeGeneres, Bradley Cooper, Jared Leto, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Spacey, Julia Roberts and Lupita Nyong’o posed for a group selfie at the Oscars. It was re-tweeted on Twitter more than three million times in two weeks, making it the most re-tweeted photo.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Robert Clary is 90. Singer Harry Belafonte is 89. Actor Robert Conrad is 81. Rock singer Mike D’Abo (Manfred Mann) is 72. Rock singer Roger Daltrey is 72. Actor Dirk Benedict is 71. Actor Alan Thicke is 69. Actor-director Ron Howard is 62. Actress Catherine Bach is 62. Country singer Janis Gill (aka Janis Oliver Cummins) (Sweethearts of the Rodeo) is 62. Actor Tim Daly is 60. Singer-musician Jon Carroll is 59. Rock musician Bill Leen is 54. Actor Bryan Batt is 53. Actor Maurice Bernard is 53. Actor Russell Wong is 53. Actor Chris Eigeman is 51. Actor John David Cullum is 50. Actor George Eads is 49. Actor Javier Bardem is 47. Actor Jack Davenport is 43. Rock musician Ryan Peake (Nickelback) is 43. Actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar is 42. Singer Tate Stevens is 41. Actor Jensen Ackles is 38. TV host Donovan Patton is 38. Rock musician Sean Woolstenhulm is 35. Actress Lupita Nyong’o is 33. Pop singer Kesha (formerly Ke$ha) is 29. Rhythm-and-blues singer Sammie is 29. Pop singer Justin Bieber is 22.

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