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Today in entertainment history: Aug. 12

Today in entertainment history: Aug. 12

THIS DAY IN 1966: John Lennon apologized at a news conference for his remark that The Beatles were more popular than Jesus. That same day, The Beatles started their last North American tour, in Chicago. Photo: Associated Press

1960: The Silver Beetles recruited drummer Pete Best. The band later became The Beatles, and Best was dropped in favor of Ringo Starr.

1966: John Lennon apologized at a news conference for his remark that The Beatles were more popular than Jesus. That same day, The Beatles started their last North American tour, in Chicago.

1982: Actor Henry Fonda died at the age of 77.

1994: Woodstock ’94 was held in Saugerties, New York. About 350,000 people saw the show, which included mudfights during Green Day’s and Nine Inch Nails’ sets and the Red Hot Chili Peppers dressed as human light bulbs.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor George Hamilton is 76. Actress Jennifer Warren is 74. Singer-guitarist Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits is 66. Singer Kid Creole is 65. Actor Sam J. Jones (“Flash Gordon”) is 61. Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny is 61. Actor Bruce Greenwood (“Thirteen Days”) is 59. Country singer Danny Shirley (Confederate Railroad) is 59. Guitarist Roy Hay of Culture Club is 54. Rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot is 52. Actor Peter Krause (“Parenthood,” ”Six Feet Under,” ”Sports Night”) is 50. Actor Michael Ian Black (“Ed”) is 44. Actress Rebecca Gayheart is 44. Actor Casey Affleck is 40. Actress Maggie Lawson (“Psych”) is 35. ” Actres Cara Delevingne is 23. Actress Imani Hakim (“Everybody Hates Chris”) is 22.

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