July 23, 2012: Today in Entertainment History

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

On July 23, 1969, James Brown walked out of Los Angeles Mayor Sam Yorty's office when the mayor failed to show up on time to present the singer with a proclamation for "James Brown Day."

In 1980, former Grateful Dead keyboardist Keith Godchaux was killed in a car accident in Marin (mah-RIN') County, California. He was 32.

In 1982, actor Vic Morrow and two children were killed during the filming of "Twilight Zone: The Movie" when a helicopter crashed. Director John Landis and four others were acquitted of charges in the deaths.

In 1984, Vanessa Williams became the first Miss America to resign her title, after nude photographs of her were published in Penthouse magazine.

In 1990, production began on the film "Falling From Grace," which marked John Mellencamp's acting and directing debut.

Also in 1992, Chicago got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 1999, Woodstock '99 began in Rome, New York. The three-day festival started off peacefully but ended in fires, lootings and accusations of rape.

Also in 1999, musician Phil Collins married Orianne Cevey in a private civil ceremony in Switzerland. He was 48, she was 27. They have since split up.

In 2010, Kings of Leon cut short a concert near St. Louis after pigeons in the rafters defecated on the stage.

In 2011, singer Amy Winehouse was found dead at her home in London. She was 27. Her death was attributed to accidental alcohol poisoning.


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