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Today Sunday September 30th In Entertainment History

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On Sept. 30, 1950, the Grand Ole Opry was first televised by Nashville station WSM. WSM-AM had been broadcasting the Opry on radio since 1925.

In 1955, actor James Dean was killed in the collision of his sports car with another automobile near Cholame, Calif. He was 24.

In 1960, "The Flintstones" made its debut on ABC.

In 1965, Donovan made his American TV debut on "Shindig!"

In 1967, John Lennon and Paul McCartney appeared on "The David Frost Show" to talk about the virtues of transcendental meditation as taught by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

In 1982, "Cheers," with Ted Danson and Shelly Long, made its debut on NBC. It ran until 1993.

In 1984, "Murder, She Wrote," starring Angela Lansbury, premiered on CBS.

Today's Birthdays: Author Elie Wiesel is 84. Actress Angie Dickinson is 81. Singer Cissy Houston is 79. Singer Johnny Mathis is 77. Actor Len Cariou ("The Four Seasons") is 73. Singer Marilyn McCoo is 69. Singer Sylvia Peterson of The Chiffons is 66. Actor John Finn ("Cold Case") is 60. Guitarist John Lombardo (10,000 Maniacs) is 60. Country singer Deborah Allen is 59. Jazz singer Patrice Rushen is 58. Actor Barry Williams ("The Brady Bunch") is 58. Actress Fran Drescher is 55. Country singer Marty Stuart is 54. Actress Crystal Bernard ("Wings") is 51. Actor Eric Stoltz is 51. Rapper-producer Marley Marl is 50. Country singer Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry is 49. Singer Trey Anastasio of Phish is 48. Bassist Robby Takac of The Goo Goo Dolls is 48. Actress Monica Bellucci ("The Passion of the Christ," "The Matrix Reloaded") is 48. Actor Tony Hale ("Arrested Development") is 42. Actress Jenna Elfman ("Dharma and Greg") is 41. Actor Ashley Hamilton is 38. Actress Lacey Chabert (shuh-BEHR') ("Mean Girls," "Party of Five") is 30. Actor Kieran Culkin is 29. Rapper T-Pain is 28.

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