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Entertainment History

July 30, 2014 07:06 GMT

On July 30th, 1954, Elvis Presley made his professional debut in Memphis. It was his first concert to be advertised.

In 1970, The Beatles closed their Apple Boutique.

Also in 1970, the Rolling Stones fired Allen Klein as their manager.

In 1986, RCA Records dropped John Denver from his contract.

In 1992, Motown's biggest stars gathered for a memorial service for Mary Wells, who died of cancer at the age of 49. Smokey Robinson sang a medley of Wells' hits. Motown founder Berry Gordy called her the "first lady of song."

In 1996, actress Claudette Colbert (kohl-BAYR') died in Barbados at the age of 92. She won an Oscar for her performance in "It Happened One Night."

Also in 1996, actor Tom Cruise filed a lawsuit against a German magazine for falsely quoting him as saying he had "zero sperm count." Cruise later accepted a retraction.

In 1998, "Howdy Doody" creator Buffalo Bob Smith died of cancer in Flat Rock, North Carolina. He was 80.

In 2007, Britney Spears' divorce from Kevin Federline was finalized.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Richard Johnson is 87. Actor Edd (correct) "Kookie" Byrnes is 81. Blues guitarist Buddy Guy is 78. Movie director Peter Bogdanovich is 75. Singer Paul Anka is 73. Jazz saxophonist David Sanborn is 69. Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger is 67. Actor Jean Reno (ZHAHN rih'NOH') ("The Da Vinci Code," "Godzilla") is 66. Blues singer Otis Taylor is 66. Actor Ken Olin is 60. Actress Delta Burke is 58. Singer-songwriter Kate Bush is 56. Country singer Neal McCoy is 56. Actor Laurence Fishburne is 53. Actress Lisa Kudrow ("Friends") is 51. Country guitarist Dwayne O'Brien of Little Texas is 50. Actress Vivica A. Fox is 50. Actor Terry Crews ("Everybody Hates Chris") is 46. Director Christopher Nolan ("Memento," "Insomnia") is 44. Actor Tom Green is 43. Drummer Brad Hargreaves of Third Eye Blind is 43. Actress Christine Taylor ("The Brady Bunch Movie") is 43. Comedian Dean Edwards ("Saturday Night Live") is 41. Actress Hilary Swank is 40. Actress Jaime Pressly ("My Name Is Earl," "Not Another Teen Movie") is 37. Singer-guitarist Seth Avett of The Avett Brothers is 34. Actress Yvonne Strahovski ("Chuck") is 32. Actress Joey King is 15.

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