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Today in entertainment history: July 7

Today in entertainment history: July 7

THIS DAY IN 2009:A star-studded memorial service was held for Michael Jackson in Los Angeles, 12 days after his death. Among those who paid tribute to Jackson included Usher, Stevie Wonder, Brooke Shields, Smokey Robinson, Lionel Richie, John Mayer, Jennifer Hudson and Queen Latifah. Photo: Associated Press

1954: Dewey Phillips of WHBQ in Memphis became the first DJ to play an Elvis Presley record. He premiered “That’s All Right,” and he also interviewed Elvis.

1968: The Yardbirds broke up. Guitarist Jimmy Page formed the New Yardbirds, which became Led Zeppelin.

1978: Morris the Cat of the “Nine Lives” cat food commercials was rescued by trainer Bob Martwick from the pound just a few minutes before he was to be put to sleep.

1980: The original lineup of Led Zeppelin gave its final show.

2009: A star-studded memorial service was held for Michael Jackson in Los Angeles, 12 days after his death. Among those who paid tribute to Jackson included Usher, Stevie Wonder, Brooke Shields, Smokey Robinson, Lionel Richie, John Mayer, Jennifer Hudson and Queen Latifah.

Today’s Birthdays: Bandleader Doc Severinsen is 87. Drummer Ringo Starr is 74. Singer-guitarist Warren Entner of the Grass Roots is 71. Bassist Jim Rodford (Argent) is 69. Actor Joe Spano is 68. Singer David Hodo (the construction worker) of The Village People is 67. Country singer Linda Williams is 67. Actress Shelley Duvall is 65. Actress Roz Ryan (“Amen”) is 63. Actor Billy Campbell (“Once and Again”) is 55. Bassist Mark White of the Spin Doctors is 52. Singer-songwriter Vonda Shepard (“Ally McBeal”) is 51. Comedian Jim Gaffigan is 48. Bassist Ricky Kinchen of Mint Condition is 48. Actress Amy Carlson (“Blue Bloods”) is 46. Actress Jorja Fox (“CSI”) is 46. Actress Cree Summer (“A Different World”) is 45. Actor Troy Garity (“Barbershop”) is 41. Actress Berenice Bejo (“The Artist”) is 38. Actor Hamish Linklater (“The New Adventures of Old Christine”) is 38. Actor Ross Malinger (“Sleepless in Seattle”) is 30.

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Oakland’s Johnson designated for assignment

Oakland Athletics pitcher Jim Johnson (45) is relieved by manager Bob Melvin, rear, during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, April 2, 2014. The Indians won 6-4. Johnson was the losing pitcher. In front is Athletics catcher Derek Norris.

Johnson, acquired in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles, was 4-2 with a 6.92 ERA in 38 games with the A's.

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Two Texas football players charged with sex assault

Texas head coach Charlie Strong listens to a question from a reporter during the Big 12 Conference NCAA college football media days in Dallas, Tuesday, July 22, 2014.

Spokeswoman Cindy Posey says the players charged Thursday are wide receivers Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander. Sanders also faces a charge of improper photography.

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Cavaliers sign rookie Andrew Wiggins

Top NBA draft prospect Andrew Wiggins of Kansas prepares for an interview during the NBA draft lottery in New York, Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

The Cavaliers have signed No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins, a contract that prevents him from being traded for 30 days.

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Knoblauch charged with assaulting ex-wife

Minnesota Twins' Chuck Knoblauch takes a hard swing at a pitch by Cleveland Indians pitcher Chad Ogea, and falls down as he misses the ball in the second inning in Minneapolis, Saturday, July 13, 1996.

Knoblauch has been released on $10,000 bond. His first court date is set for July 30

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