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February 28, 2015 08:07 GMT
On February 28, 1966, the Cavern Club in Liverpool, where the Beatles began their climb to fame, closed because of financial problems. The next day, dozens of people protested at the club in hopes of keeping it open.
In 1968, singer Frankie Lymon was found dead of a heroin overdose in New York. He was 25. As the frontman for The Teenagers, he had a hit song with "Why Do Fools Fall In Love."
In 1974, singer-songwriter Bobby Bloom shot himself to death in West Hollywood, California. He was 28. Bloom's biggest hit was "Montego Bay."
In 1979, "talking horse" Mr. Ed died.
In 1983, the final episode of "MASH" aired, bringing in the biggest TV audience of all time to that date.
In 1984, Michael Jackson won a record eight Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year for "Thriller." But, Jackson lost to Sting of the Police in the Song of the Year category, when "Every Breath You Take" won.
In 1986, singer George Michael announced Wham! was breaking up.
In 1993, actor Tony Curtis married his fourth wife, Linda Deutsch.
In 2000, The Pretenders played a concert in their hometown of Akron, Ohio, for the first time.
In 2005, opening arguments began in Michael Jackson's child molestation trial. He was later acquitted.
In 2008, singer-keyboardist Mike Smith of The Dave Clark Five died of pneumonia in London, less than two weeks before the band was to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Gavin MacLeod is 84. Actor Don Francks is 83. Singer Sam the Sham is 78. Actor-director-dancer Tommy Tune is 76. Actor Frank Bonner is 73. Actress Kelly Bishop is 71. Actress Stephanie Beacham is 68. Writer-director Mike Figgis is 67. Actress Mercedes Ruehl is 67. Actress Bernadette Peters is 67. Actress Ilene Graff is 66. Comedian Gilbert Gottfried is 60. Actor John Turturro is 58. Singer Cindy Wilson is 58. Actress Rae Dawn Chong is 54. Actress Maxine Bahns is 46. Actor Robert Sean Leonard is 46. Singer Pat Monahan is 46. Actress Tasha Smith is 44. Actor Rory Cochrane is 43. Actress Ali Larter is 39. Country singer Jason Aldean is 38. Actor Geoffrey Arend is 37. Actress Michelle Horn is 28. Actress Madisen Beaty is 20. Actress Quinn Shephard is 20. Actor Bobb'e J. Thompson is 19.
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