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Entertainment History

October 23, 2014 07:08 GMT

On October 23rd, 1941, the Disney film "Dumbo" was released.

In 1950, actor-singer Al Jolson died in San Francisco at the age of 64. He's probably best known for starring in "The Jazz Singer," the first talking film.

In 1962, a 12-year-old named Little Stevie Wonder recorded his first single for Motown Records. It was called "Thank You For Loving Me All The Way."

In 1978, Maybelle Carter, the matriarch of the musical Carter family, died. Maybelle was the mother of June Carter, who became Mrs. Johnny Cash. Maybelle Carter was 69.

In 1984, musician Bob Geldof watched a documentary on the BBC about Ethiopia's famine. He was so moved he called his friend, Midge Ure, and together they wrote the charity song "Do They Know It's Christmas."

In 1991, Rodney Crowell issued a statement that he and Rosanne Cash were getting divorced. They had married in 1979.

In 1992, country singer George Strait made his movie debut in "Pure Country," in which he starred as a country western singer.

In 1995, a Houston jury found Yolanda Saldivar guilty of murdering Tejano (tay-HAH'-no) singing star Selena. She was sentenced to spend at least 30 years in prison.

In 2004, Ashlee Simpson walked off stage after the wrong vocal track was played during her performance on "Saturday Night Live," which revealed she was lip-synching.

In 2010, singer Katy Perry married comedian Russell Brand at a tiger sanctuary in India. They divorced in 2012.

Today's Birthdays: Movie director Philip Kaufman is 78. Singer Barbara Ann Hawkins of The Dixie Cups is 71. Director Ang Lee is 60. Jazz singer Dianne Reeves is 58. Country singer Dwight Yoakam is 58. Singer "Weird Al" Yankovic is 55. Bassist Robert Trujillo of Metallica is 50. Singer David Thomas of Take 6 is 48. Drummer Brian Nevin of Big Head Todd and The Monsters is 48. Bassist Eric Bass of Shinedown is 40. "So You Think You Can Dance" host Cat Deeley is 38. Actor Ryan Reynolds ("Van Wilder," "Two Guys and a Girl") is 38. Singer Matthew Shultz of Cage The Elephant is 31. Actress Masiela Lusha (MAH'-see-el-lah LOO'-shah) ("George Lopez") is 29. Singer Miguel is 29. Actress Emilia Clarke (TV: "Game of Thrones") is 28. Actress Briana Evigan is 28. Actress Jessica Stroup ("90210") is 28.

Copyright 2014, The Associated Press.

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