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Today in entertainment history: July 15

Today in entertainment history: July 15

THIS DAY IN 1986:Columbia Records dropped Johnny Cash after 28 years. Cash signed a new recording contract with Polygram later the next year. Photo: Associated Press

1986: Columbia Records dropped Johnny Cash after 28 years. Cash signed a new recording contract with Polygram later the next year.

1988: MTV banned the video for Neil Young’s “This Note’s For You” because it ridiculed MTV sponsors.

1998: Drummer Joey Kramer of Aerosmith was burned when his Ferrari caught fire at a gas station in Scituate, Massachusetts.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Ken Kercheval (“Dallas”) is 79. Actor Patrick Wayne is 75. Actor Jan-Michael Vincent is 70. Singer Millie Jackson is 70. Guitarist-singer Peter Lewis of Moby Grape is 69. Singer Linda Ronstadt is 68. Drummer Artimus Pyle (Lynyrd Skynyrd) is 66. Actor Terry O’Quinn (“Lost,” ”West Wing,” ”Alias”) is 62. Drummer Marky Ramone (The Ramones) is 58. Guitarist Joe Satriani is 58. Actor Willie Aames (“Eight Is Enough,” ”Charles In Charge”) is 54. Model Kim Alexis is 54. Actress Lolita Davidovich is 53. Actor-director Forest Whitaker is 53. Actress Brigitte Nielsen is 51. Drummer Jason Bonham is 48. Actor Kristoff St. John (“The Young and the Restless”) is 48. Singer Stokley of Mint Condition is 47. Actor-comedian Eddie Griffin (“Malcolm and Eddie”) is 46. Actor Jim Rash (“Community”) is 43. Drummer John Dolmayan of System Of A Down and of Scars On Broadway is 42. Actor Scott Foley (“Felicity”) is 42. Actor Brian Austin Green (“Beverly Hills 90210″) is 41. Rapper Jim Jones is 38. Actress Lana Parrilla (“Once Upon A Time,” ”Swingtown”) is 37. Guitarist Ray Toro of My Chemical Romance is 37. Actress Laura Benanti (“Law and Order: SVU”) is 35. Singer Kia Thornton of Divine is 33. Actor Tristan Wilds (“90210″) is 25.

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