On May 3, 1937, Margaret Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel Gone with the Wind.
In 1968 the Beach Boys began an American tour featuring Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. For the most part, audiences were put off by the Maharishi’s lectures, so half of the tour dates were cancelled.
In 1969, Jimi Hendrix was arrested at Toronto International Airport for possession of narcotics. He was released on $10,000 bail.
In 1971, Grand Funk Railroad agreed to meet with reporters, despite their previously rocky relationship with the press. The group’s manager invited 150 journalists, but only six showed up.
In 1976, Paul McCartney gave his first American concert in ten years when he opened his “Wings Over America” tour.
In 1978, the movie “FM” premiered in Los Angeles. More people have bought the soundtrack than seen the movie.
In 1986, Dolly Parton opened Dollywood amusement park near Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
In 1988, Madonna made her Broadway debut in “Speed the Plow”. She received mixed reviews.
In 1991, the last episode of “Dallas” aired on CBS.
In 2002, the film “Spider-Man” was opened.
In 2003, “Friends” star Matt LeBlanc married Melissa McKnight in Hawaii after a five-year engagement. They separate after three years of marriage.
Today’s birthdays: Singer Frankie Valli turns 88. Sports announcer Greg Gumbel is 76 years old. Singer Mary Hopkin is 72 years old. Singer Christopher Cross is 71 years old. Drummer Cactus Moser (Highway 101) is 65 years old. Keyboardist David Ball of Soft Cell is 63 years old. Country singer Shane Minor is 54. Actress Amy Ryan (“Bridge of Spies”, “The Office”) is 54 years old. Actor Bobby Cannavale (ka-nuh-VAL’-ee) (“Boardwalk Empire”, “Nurse Jackie”) is 52 years old. Producer-actor Damon Dash is 51 years old. Zac Brown Band bassist John Driskell Hopkins is 51. Actress Marsha Stephanie-Blake (“When They See Us”) is 47. TV personality Willie Geist (“Today”) is 47. Actress Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men”) is 47. Actor Dule’ (doo-LAY’) Hill (“Psych”, “The West Wing”) is 47 years old. Country singer Eric Church is 45. Actor Tanya Wright (“Orange Is The New Black”) is 44. Dancer Cheryl Burke (“Dancing With The Stars”) is 38. Singer Michael Kiwanuka (kee-wah-NOO’-kah) is 35 The actress Zoe De Grand Maison (“Orphan Black”) is 27. Designer is 25.
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