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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 75. Actress Jennifer Warren is 73. Singer-guitarist Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits is 65. Singer Kid Creole is 64. Actor Sam J. Jones (“Flash Gordon”) is 60. Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny is 60. Actor Bruce Greenwood (“Thirteen Days”) is 58. Country singer Danny Shirley (Confederate Railroad) is 58. Guitarist Roy Hay of Culture Club is 53. Rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot is 51. Actor Peter Krause (“Parenthood,” ”Six Feet Under,” ”Sports Night”) is 49. Actor Brent Sexton is 47. Actor Michael Ian Black (“Ed”) is 43. Actress Rebecca Gayheart is 43. Actor Casey Affleck is 39. Actress Maggie Lawson (“Psych”) is 34. Actress Imani Hakim (“Everybody Hates Chris”) is 21.

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