July 20, 2012: Today in Entertainment History

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

On July 20th, 1954, Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore and Bill Black performed in public for the first time, billing themselves as the Blue Moon Boys. They performed at the opening of a new drugstore in Memphis.

In 1965, Bob Dylan's single "Like A Rolling Stone" was released by Columbia Records.

In 1968, Jane Asher announced on national TV in Britain that her engagement to Paul McCartney was off. McCartney reportedly was watching and was surprised by the news.

Also in 1968, Iron Butterfly's "In-a-Gadda-da-Vidda" debuted on the American pop chart.

In 1975, "Miami" Steve Van Zandt performed for the first time in concert as part of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, in Providence, Rhode Island.

In 1979, the Electric Light Orchestra took out ads dedicating their newly-released song "Don't Bring Me Down" to Skylab.

In 1984, reigning Miss America Vanessa Williams was asked by pageant officials to resign because of nude photos of her that appeared in Penthouse magazine. She gave up her title three days later.

In 1986, "Sid And Nancy," a film biography of the Sex Pistols, premiered in London. Gary Oldman played Sid Vicious.

In 1996, actor Robert Downey Junior was arrested after authorities say he left a court-ordered drug rehab center. It was his third arrest in a month.

In 1998, actress Jodie Foster gave birth to a boy in Los Angeles. She refused to say who the father was and how she got pregnant.

In 2006, actor Haley Joel Osment, who was 18 at the time, was arrested for drunk driving and marijuana possession outside Los Angeles when his car hit a mailbox and flipped over.


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