1954: CBS gave Johnny Carson a summer TV game show called “Earn Your Vacation.”
1975: The Beach Boys on tour with Chicago literally got the joint jumping for the second night in a row. The second level at the Oakland Coliseum was noticeably shaking in film footage. And the day before, at the Anaheim Stadium, the mezzanine was seen vibrating as much as 18 inches.
1979: Tom Petty filed for bankruptcy in an effort to get out of his contract with MCA Records. He later signed with a new MCA affiliate that issued his successful comeback album, “Damn the Torpedoes.”
1990: The IRS auctioned off Willie Nelson’s golf course and country club for the second time to collect $230,000 toward his delinquent tax bill. After the first auction, the government had bought the property back.
1990: The movie “Pretty Woman” opened.
2005: Tom Cruise leaped on a couch and pumped his fist to express his love for Katie Holmes during an appearance on “Oprah.”
Today’s Birthdays: Actress Barbara Barrie is 84. Actress Joan Collins is 82. Actor Charles Kimbrough (“Murphy Brown”) is 79. Actress Lauren Chapin (“Father Knows Best”) is 70. Country singer Judy Rodman is 64. Comedian Drew Carey is 57. Actress Lea DeLaria (“Orange Is The New Black”) is 57. Country singer Shelly West is 57. Actor Linden Ashby (“Melrose Place”) is 55. Actress-model Karen Duffy is 54. Drummer Phil Selway of Radiohead is 48. Drummer Matt Flynn of Maroon 5 is 45. Singer Lorenzo is 43. Country singer Brian McComas is 43. Singer Maxwell is 42. Singer Jewel is 41. Actor D.J. Cotrona (TV’s “From Dusk Till Dawn,” ”G.I. Joe: Retaliation”) is 35. Comedian Tim Robinson (“Saturday Night Live”) is 34. Singer Sarah Jarosz is 24.
1974: Bandleader and composer Duke Ellington died of lung cancer at the age of 75. Ellington, considered by many to be the greatest jazz musician ever, composed such standards as “Mood Indigo” and “I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good.”
1978: The debut album by Van Halen went gold in the U.S.
1990: Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses and Erin Everly, Don Everly’s daughter, filed for divorce. They were married 27 days.
2000: Britney Spears’ album “Oops!…I Did It Again” sold 1.3 million copies its first week out, giving her the most first-week sales for a female artist.
2010: Slipknot bassist Paul Gray was found dead in a hotel room in Des Moines, Iowa. He was 38. An autopsy determined he died of a drug overdose.
Today’s Birthdays: Actor-comedian Tommy Chong is 77. Musician Bob Dylan is 74. Actor Gary Burghoff (“M*A*S*H”) is 72. Singer Patti LaBelle is 71. Actress Priscilla Presley is 70. Country singer-songwriter Mike Reid is 68. Actor Jim Broadbent (“Moulin Rouge,” ”Iris”) is 66. Actor Alfred Molina is 62. Singer Rosanne Cash is 60. Actress Kristin Scott Thomas is 55. Bassist Jimmy Ashhurst of Buckcherry is 52. Keyboardist Vivian Trimble (Luscious Jackson) is 52. Actor John C. Reilly (“Chicago,” ”Gangs of New York”) is 50. Actor Dana Ashbrook (“Twin Peaks”) is 48. Actor Eric Close (“Nashville,” ”Without A Trace”) is 48. Guitarist Rich Robinson (The Black Crowes) is 46. Actor Billy L. Sullivan (“Something So Right”) is 35. Actor-rapper Big Tyme is 34. Drummer Cody Hanson of Hinder is 33. Dancer Mark Ballas (“Dancing With The Stars”) is 29. Country singer Billy Gilman is 27.