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Undated -- Today In Entertainment History: 

On April 14, 1939, the movie "Wuthering Heights," starring Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier, premiered in New York.

In 1958, "Catch A Falling Star" by Perry Como became the first single certified as gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.

In 1962, Bob Dylan recorded seven songs, including "Blowin' In The Wind," at Columbia Records studios in New York.

In 1969, "Oliver!" was named best picture at the Academy Awards.

In 1974, Pete Townshend appeared for the first time as a solo act at a concert in London, accompanied only by homemade tapes.

In 1976, Motown Records announced a $13 million contract renewal for Stevie Wonder. At the time, it was the largest contract ever negotiated.

Also in 1976, Eric Faulkner of the Bay City Rollers nearly died after swallowing Seconal and Valium at his manager's house in Scotland.

In 1980, "Kramer vs. Kramer" won the best picture and director Academy Awards, plus the best actor award for Dustin Hoffman. Meryl Streep, who also appeared in that movie, was named best supporting actress. Sally Field won the best actress award for "Norma Rae."
Also in 1980, musician Gary Numan released "The Touring Principle," a 45-minute concert video. It was the first commercially available home rock videocassette.
In 1983, Pete Farndon, formerly of The Pretenders, died of a drug overdose. He had been fired from the band the year before.
In 1995, actor-singer Burl Ives died at his home in Anacortes, Wash. He was 85.
In 2012, Guns 'N Roses were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame without Axl Rose, who refused his induction. Rod Stewart was supposed to be inducted with The Small Faces but missed it because he had the flu. He missed his induction as a solo artist in 1994 because of a massive earthquake in Los Angeles.

Associated Press

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