On Oct. 14, 1954, director Cecil B. DeMille started filming "The Ten Commandments" in Egypt. The movie featured a cast of over 25,000.
In 1955, Bill Haley and his Comets, at the height of their fame with "Rock Around the Clock," played a concert in Lubbock, Texas. The opening act was an unknown singer named Buddy Holly.
In 1964, Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts secretly married Shirley Ann Arnold.
In 1971, John Fogerty was sued for allegedly plagiarizing Little Richard's "Good Golly Miss Molly" for Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Travelin' Band." The suit was eventually dropped.
In 1972, singer Joe Cocker was arrested in a drug raid after a concert in Adelaide, Australia. Cocker could have been fined and jailed for two years, but police instead ordered him to leave the country within four hours.
Also in 1972, Michael Jackson had his first solo hit, with "Ben."
In 1977, singer Bing Crosby died near Madrid, Spain, at age 74.
In 1990, conductor-composer Leonard Bernstein died in New York of lung failure. He was 72. Besides "West Side Story," Bernstein's Broadway successes included "On the Town," "Wonderful Town" and "Candide."
In 1996, Madonna gave birth to Lourdes Maria, her first child.
In 1998, "polka king" Frankie Yankovic died at his home in New Port Richey, Fla., a week after suffering a fall. He was 83.
In 2000, singer Drew Lachey of 98 Degrees married Lea Dellecave in Cincinnati.
In 2009, a man waiting in line for an autograph from Leona Lewis in London jumped out of line and punched her in the head.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Roger Moore is 85. Country singer Melba Montgomery is 74. Singer Cliff Richard is 72. Singer Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues is 66. Actor Harry Anderson ("Dave's World," "Night Court") is 60. Actor Greg Evigan ("My Two Dads," "B.J. and the Bear") is 59. Singer Thomas Dolby is 54. Actress Lori Petty ("A League of Their Own") is 49. Actor Steve Coogan ("Night at the Museum") is 47. Singer Karyn White is 47. Actor Jon Seda ("Homicide: Life On The Street") is 42. Country bassist Doug Virden (Sons of the Desert) is 42. Country singer Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks is 38. Singer Shaznay Lewis of All Saints is 37. Singer Usher is 34. Comedian Jay Pharoah ("Saturday Night Live") is 25.