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Today in entertainment history: July 4

Today in entertainment history: July 4

THIS DAY IN 1982:Ozzy Osbourne married manager Sharon Arden. Photo: Associated Press

1982: Diana Ross kicked off her first world solo tour with a concert at Giants Stadium. Miles Davis opened the show.

1982: Ozzy Osbourne married manager Sharon Arden.

1983: Wayne Newton performed in Washington for a national Independence Day party instead of the Beach Boys. Interior Secretary James Watt had said the Beach Boys attracted “the wrong element.”

1995: Actress Eva Gabor died of complications from pneumonia at a hospital in Los Angeles. She was 74.

1997: Newsman Charles Kuralt died in New York of complications from lupus. He was 62.

2003: Singer Barry White died in Los Angeles after battling kidney problems and a stroke. He was 58.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Eva Marie Saint is 90. Actress Gina Lollobrigida is 87. Playwright Neil Simon is 87. Singer Bill Withers is 76. Actress Karolyn Grimes (Zuzu in “It’s A Wonderful Life”) is 74. TV talk show host Geraldo Rivera is 71. Percussionist Ralph Johnson of Earth, Wind and Fire is 63. Percussionist Domingo Ortiz of Widespread Panic is 62. Singer John Waite is 59. Guitarist Kirk Pengilly (PEN’-geh-lee) of INXS (in-ex-ES’) is 56. Steel guitarist Teddy Carr (Ricochet) is 54. DJ Zonka (Big Audio Dynamite) is 42. Singer Michael Sweet of Stryper is 51. Bassist Matt Malley (Counting Crows) is 51. Actor-comedian Al Madrigal (“Gary Unmarried,” ”The Daily Show”) is 42. Singer Stephen “Ste” McNally of BBMak is 36. Actress Becki Newton (“Ugly Betty”) is 36. Reality star Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino (“Jersey Shore”) is 32. Singer Melanie Fiona is 31.

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