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Today in entertainment history: April 8

Today in entertainment history: April 8

ON THIS DAY IN 1994: Kurt Cobain was found dead at the age of 27. Photo: Associated Press

1963: “Lawrence of Arabia” won the Oscars for best picture and best director.

1973: Neil Young’s autobiographical film “Journey Through The Past” premiered at the U.S. Film Festival in Dallas.

1975: “The Godfather Part Two” won the best picture Oscar.

1986: Actor Clint Eastwood won his bid to become mayor of Carmel, California.

1994:Singer Kurt Cobain of Nirvana was found dead in his Seattle home of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 27.

Today’s Birthdays: Comedian Shecky Greene is 88. Original Mouseketeer Darlene Gillespie is 73. Singer J.J. Jackson is 73. Singer Peggy Lennon of the Lennon Sisters is 73. Songwriter Leon Huff of Gamble and Huff is 72. Guitarist Steve Howe of Yes (and of Asia) is 67. Bassist Mel Schacher of Grand Funk Railroad is 63. Singer-actor John Schneider is 54. Guitarist Izzy Stradlin (Guns N’ Roses) is 52. Singer-guitarist Donita Sparks of L7 is 51. Singer Julian Lennon is 51. Actor Dean Norris (“Breaking Bad,” ”Under the Dome”) is 51. Rapper Biz Markie is 50. Actress Robin Wright is 48. Actress Patricia Arquette is 46. Singer Craig Honeycutt of Everything is 44. Drummer Darren Jessee (Ben Folds Five) is 43. Actor Taylor Kitsch is 33. Singer-guitarist Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend is 30. Actor Taran Noah Smith (“Home Improvement”) is 30.

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