On April 8, 1963, “Lawrence of Arabia” won the Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director.
In 1973, Neil Young’s autobiographical film “Journey Through The Past” premiered at the Dallas American Film Festival.
In 1975, “The Godfather Part Two” won the Oscar for Best Picture.
In 1983, Danny Rapp, lead singer of Danny and the Juniors, was found dead of an apparent suicide in a hotel room in Quartzsite, Arizona. He was 41 years old.
In 1986, actor Clint Eastwood was elected mayor of Carmel, California.
In 1991, a lawsuit was filed against Virgin Records claiming that Paula Abdul had not sung everything on her hit album “Forever Your Girl”. The record company ultimately won.
In 1993, singer Marian Anderson died at age 96 in Portland, Oregon.
In 1994, Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain was found dead in his Seattle home. He was 27 years old.
In 1996, actor Ben Johnson, who won an Oscar for “The Last Picture Show,” died at age 77 in Mesa, Arizona.
In 1997, singer-songwriter Laura Nyro (NEE’-roh) died of ovarian cancer at her home in Danbury, Connecticut. She was 49 years old. Songs Nyro has written include “Wedding Bell Blues”, “Eli’s Coming”, and “Stoney End”.
Today’s birthdays: Comedian Shecky Greene turns 96. Darlene Gillespie, first Mouseketeer, is 81 years old. Singer Peggy Lennon of the Lennon Sisters is 81. Gamble and Huff songwriter Leon Huff is 80 years old. Actor Stuart Pankin (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”, “Not Necessarily The News”) is 76. Guitarist Steve Howe of Yes (and Asia) is 75. Bassist Mel Schacher (SHOK’-ur) of Grand Funk Railroad is 71. Singer-actor John Schneider (“The Dukes of Hazzard”) is 62. Guitarist Izzy Stradlin (Guns N’ Roses) is 60. L7’s singer-guitarist Donita Sparks is 59 Singer Julian Lennon is 59. Actor Dean Norris (“Breaking Bad,” “Under the Dome”) is 59. Actor Robin Wright is 56. Actress Patricia Arquette is 54. The Actor JR Bourne (TV’s “Teen Wolf,” “Revenge”) is 52. Singer Craig Honeycutt of Everything is 52. Drummer Darren Jessee of Ben Folds Five is 51. Actress Emma Caulfield (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) is 49 years old. Actor Katee Sackhoff (“Battlestar Galactica”) is 42 years old. Actor Taylor Kitsch (“True Detective”, “Friday Night Lights”) is 41 years old. Vocalist-guitarist Ezra Koenig (KEN’-ihg) of Vampire Weekend is 38 years old. Actor Taran Noah Smith (“Home Improvement”) is 38 years old. Guitarist Jamie Sierota (sih-ROH’-tah) (Echosmith) is 29 years old. Actor Sadie Calvano (“Mom”) is 25 years old.
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