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Today in entertainment history: April 17

Today in entertainment history: April 17

ON THIS DAY IN 1991: Nirvana performed "Smells Like Teen Spirit" in public for the first time, during a concert in Seattle. Photo: Associated Press

1964: The Rolling Stones’ self-titled debut album was released in Britain.

1974:Guitarist Vinnie Taylor of Sha Na Na was found dead of a drug overdose at a hotel in Charlottesville, Virginia. He was 25.

1980:Musician Bob Marley played at Zimbabwe’s independence day ceremonies, calling it the greatest honor of his life. Marley died a little more than a year later.

1991: Nirvana performed “Smells Like Teen Spirit” in public for the first time, during a concert in Seattle.

1998: Paul McCartney’s wife, Linda, died of breast cancer. She was 56.

Today’s Birthdays: Composer-musician Jan Hammer is 66. Actress Olivia Hussey is 63. Singer-guitarist Pete Shelley of The Buzzcocks is 59. Actor Sean Bean (“Lord of the Rings”) is 55. Actor Joel Murray (“Dharma and Greg,” ”The Artist”) is 52. Singer Maynard James Keenan of Tool and of Puscifer is 50. Actress Lela Rochon is 50. Actress Leslie Bega (“The Sopranos”) is 47. Actor Henry Ian Cusick (“Scandal,” ”Lost”) is 47. Actress Kimberly Elise is 47. Singer Liz Phair is 47. Rapper-actor Redman is 44. Actress Jennifer Garner (“Alias”) is 42. Singer Victoria Beckham of the Spice Girls is 40. Actress Lindsay Korman (“Passions”) is 36. Actress Rooney Mara (“The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”) is 29. Actress Dee Dee Davis (“The Bernie Mac Show”) is 18.

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