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July 31, 2015 07:07 GMT
On July 31st, 1928, Leo the Lion roared for the first time at the beginning of MGM's first talking picture, "White Shadows in the South Seas."
In 1964, country star Jim Reeves died when the plane he was piloting crashed near Nashville. His pianist, Dean Manuel, also was killed.
Also in 1964, a Rolling Stones concert in Belfast was stopped after only 12 minutes because of rioting fans.
In 1970, Chet Huntley said "Good night, David," for the last time to David Brinkley. Huntley retired from the NBC "Nightly News" after 15 years.
In 1971, James Taylor reached the top of the "Billboard" pop chart with "You've Got A Friend."
In 1987, a judge in San Francisco ruled that soul singer Dave Prater and his new partner Sam Daniels could not bill themselves as Sam and Dave. The original Sam and Dave -- with Sam Moore -- had a string of hits including "Soul Man" and "Hold On, I'm Coming."
In 1990, Zsa Zsa Gabor was released from jail in El Segundo, California, after serving a 72-hour sentence for slapping a Beverly Hills police officer.
In 1991, Black Crowes lead singer Chris Robinson was given six months probation for spitting on a customer in a 7-Eleven store in Denver.
In 1996, Aerosmith fired longtime manager Tim Collins, who later hinted that the band was back on drugs.
In 1998, actor Gary Coleman turned himself in to police after allegedly punching a female fan who asked for his autograph.
In 2013, "Glee" actor Corey Monteith was found dead in a hotel room in Vancouver. He had overdosed on heroin and alcohol. He was 31.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Don Murray is 86. Actress Susan Flannery ("Bold and the Beautiful") is 76. Singer Lobo is 72. Singer Gary Lewis of Gary Lewis and the Playboys is 70. Actor Michael Biehn is 59. Singer-guitarist Daniel Ash (Love and Rockets, Bauhaus) is 58. Actor Dirk Blocker ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine") is 58. Drummer Bill Berry (R.E.M.) is 57. Actor Wesley Snipes is 53. Country singer Chad Brock is 52. Musician Fatboy Slim is 52. Guitarist Jim Corr of The Corrs is 51. "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling is 50. Actor Dean Cain ("Lois and Clark") is 49. Actor Jim True-Frost (American Odyssey" "The Wire") is 49. Actress Eve Best ("Nurse Jackie") is 44. Actor Robert Telfer ("Saved By The Bell") is 38. Country singer Zac Brown is 37. Actor B.J. Novak ("The Office") is 36. Actor Rico Rodriguez ("Modern Family") is 17.
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