On October 7, 1940, Artie Shaw and his Orchestra recorded Hoagy Carmichael's "Stardust" for RCA Victor.
In 1950, "Your Hit Parade" was first broadcast on NBC. It started as a radio program in 1935.
In 1954, Marian Anderson became the first black singer hired by the Metropolitan Opera Company in New York.
In 1968, the Motion Picture Association of America adopted its film-rating system, ranging from "G" for general audiences to "X" for adult patrons only.
In 1975, John Lennon won his battle against U.S. immigration authorities when a federal appeals court overturned an order to deport him. Officials had wanted to kick Lennon out of the country because of a drug arrest in Britain.
In 1977, guitarist Steve Hackett left Genesis.
In 1982, the musical "Cats" opened on Broadway.
In 1995, actors Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen were married on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts.
Also in 1995, rapper Tone Loc was arrested for allegedly taking $80 from a pizza parlor in Los Angeles, arguing with the owner over a pizza, and demanding his money back. He pleaded no contest to the charges.
In 1996, an alleged shoplifter surrendered to actors Richard Belzer and Clark Johnson after mistaking them for real cops. Belzer and Johnson were filming an episode of "Homicide: Life on the Street."
In 2000, Phish performed its last show before going on hiatus.
Today's Birthdays: "The View" co-host Joy Behar is 70. Drummer Kevin Godley of 10cc is 67. Country singer Kieran Kane of The O'Kanes is 63. Musician John Mellencamp is 61. Guitarist Ricky Phillips of Styx is 61. Actress Mary Badham ("To Kill A Mockingbird") is 60. Actress Christopher Norris ("Trapper John, M.D.") is 59. Drummer Tico Torres of Bon Jovi is 59. Gospel singer Michael W. Smith is 55. "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell is 53. Guitarist Charlie Marinkovich of Iron Butterfly is 53. Singer Ann Curless of Expose' is 49. Singer Toni Braxton is 45. Singer Thom Yorke of Radiohead is 44. Actress Allison Munn ("One Tree Hill") is 38. Singer Damian Kulash of OK Go is 37. Singer Taylor Hicks ("American Idol") is 36.