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! TODAY IN ENTERTAINMENT HISTORY !

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On February sixth, 1943, a Los Angeles jury acquitted actor Errol Flynn of three counts of statutory rape.

In 1960, singer-songwriter Jesse Belvin died in a car accident in Los Angeles. One of his best-known works is the Penguins hit "Earth Angel," which he co-authored.

In 1970, "Instant Karma" by John Lennon was released as a single.

In 1989, actor Todd Bridges was ordered held without bond on an attempted murder charge. He pleaded not guilty in connection with a shooting.

In 1990, singer Billy Idol shattered a leg and broke an arm when his motorcycle hit a car in Los Angeles. Police said Idol ran a stop sign and wasn't wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

In 1991, actor Danny Thomas died after suffering a heart attack at his Los Angeles home. He was 79. He was buried in Memphis a few days later.

In 1995, rapper Tupac Shakur (TOO'-pak shah-KOOR') was sentenced to one-and-a-half to four-and-a-half years in prison on a sexual assault charge. Shakur had no visible reaction to the sentence.

In 1998, singer-guitarist Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys died of complications from lung cancer in Los Angeles. He was 51.

Also in 1998, singer Falco was killed in a traffic accident in the Dominican Republic. He was 40. Falco was probably best known for his song "Rock Me Amadeus."

In 2003, A-B-C aired the British documentary, "Living With Michael Jackson." Jackson's comments about allowing kids to spend the night in his bedroom prompted authorities to look into his relationships with children. Jackson was arrested the following November on child molestation charges.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor is 89. Actor Patrick MacNee ("The Avengers") is 84. Actor Rip Torn is 75. Actress Mamie Van Doren is 75. Actor Mike Farrell is 67. N-B-C news anchorman Tom Brokaw is 66. Actress Gayle Hunnicutt is 63. Singer Fabian is 63. Actor Michael Tucker is 62. Singer Natalie Cole is 56. Actor Jon Walmsley ("The Waltons") is 50. Actor-director Robert Townsend ("The Parent 'Hood") is 49. Actress Kathy Najimy ("Veronica's Closet," "King of the Hill") is 49. Drummer Simon Phillips of Toto is 49. Actor Barry Miller ("Saturday Night Fever," "Fame") is 48. Actress Megan Gallagher ("Millennium") is 46. Country singer Richie McDonald of Lonestar is 44. Vocalist Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses is 44. Singer Rick Astley is 40. Bassist Tim Brown of the Boo Radleys is 37. Actor Brandon Hammond is 22.

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