Today in entertainment history: June 17

Today in entertainment history: June 17

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BARRY: Entertainer Barry Manilow turns 72 today. Photo: Associated Press

1968:The Ohio Express got their first gold single with “Yummy, Yummy, Yummy.”

1978: Jefferson Starship failed to perform at a festival in Germany because singer Grace Slick was unable to go onstage. Angry fans started a riot and caused over a million dollars in damage.

2000: Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson married Kristin Willits in Lexington, Kentucky.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Peter Lupus (TV’s “Mission: Impossible”) is 83. Singer Barry Manilow is 72. Comedian Joe Piscopo is 64. Actor Mark Linn-Baker (“Perfect Strangers”) is 61. Singer Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys) is 57. Director Bobby Farrelly (“There’s Something About Mary”) is 57. Actor Thomas Haden Church (“Sideways,” ”Wings,” ”Ned and Stacy”) is 54. Actor Greg Kinnear is 52. Actress Kami Cotler (“The Waltons”) is 50. Actor Jason Patric is 49. Singer Kevin Thornton of Color Me Badd is 46. Actor-comedian Will Forte (“Saturday Night Live”) is 45. Actor-rapper Herculeez of Herculeez and Big Tyme is 32. Rapper Kendrick Lamar is 28.

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

The first word of the new ‘Star Wars’ movie is …


Director J.J. reveals the first word spoken in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which hits theaters next month.

in Entertainment

Jennifer Lawrence named entertainer of the year


The star is one of the biggest and bankable actresses in Hollywood and has featured in a number of blockbusters including the "X-Men" franchise and "The Hunger Games" films.

in Entertainment

‘Rocky’ successor ‘Creed’ highlights Philadelphia’s revival


Adonis Johnson, the son of Balboa rival-turned-mentor Apollo Creed, leaves behind a life of privilege to walk in the footsteps of a father he never knew.

in Entertainment, Sports

FanDuel NFL entries have fallen sharply after New York shutdown


Entries at daily fantasy sports site FanDuel's NFL contests have fallen sharply since New York's attorney general declared the games to be illegal gambling in the state and the company stopped taking money from New Yorkers.

in Lifestyle

Retailers give shoppers new reasons to use mobile phones in stores


Retailers are using apps for smartphones to help drive shoppers to their stores, and make shopping easier.