January 26, 2015 16:04 GMT
(Following Advance for Use Wednesday, February 4)
On February fourth, 1938, "Our Town," Thornton Wilder's play about small-town life in America, opened on Broadway.
In 1961, singer Johnny Burnette underwent an emergency appendectomy in Los Angeles and was forced to cancel a British tour. He's known for the hit "You're Sixteen," which was on the Top 40 charts at the time.
In 1969, Columbia Records signed Johnny Winter to a five-year, $300,000 contract, which was unprecedented for a new artist.
In 1971, The Osmonds received their first gold record, for "One Bad Apple."
In 1983, singer Karen Carpenter died of cardiac arrest in Downey, California, at age 32. She had suffered from the eating disorder anorexia nervosa.
In 1987, Liberace died at his home in Palm Springs, California, of AIDS-related complications. He was 67.
In 1993, entertainer Ben Vereen was discharged from a rehabilitation center in New Jersey. He had been getting therapy for seven months after he was hit by a truck near his home in Malibu, California.
Today's birthdays: Actor Gary Conway ("Burke's Law") is 79. Drummer John Steel of The Animals is 74. Singer Florence LaRue of the Fifth Dimension is 73. Singer Alice Cooper is 67. Actor Michael Beck is 66. Actress Lisa Eichhorn is 63. Singer Tim Booth of James is 55. Country singer Clint Black is 53. Guitarist Noodles of The Offspring is 52. Country bassist Dave Buchanan of Yankee Grey is 49. "Daily Show" correspondent Rob Corddry is 44. TV personality Nicolle Wallace ("The View") is 43. Bassist Rick Burch of Jimmy Eat World is 40. Singer Natalie Imbruglia (im-BROO'-lee-uh) is 40. Rapper Cam'ron is 39. Singer Gavin DeGraw is 38.
(Above for release Wednesday, February fourth)
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