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Today in entertainment history: May 9

Today in entertainment history: May 9

ON THIS DAY IN 1994:Singer Willie Nelson was arrested on a misdemeanor drug charge after police in Hewitt, Texas, found the butt of a joint in the ashtray of his Mercedes-Benz. Photo: Associated Press

1970: Lynyrd Skynyrd first performed “Free Bird” in public, at the grand opening of the Jacksonville Art Museum in Jacksonville, Florida.

1994:Singer Willie Nelson was arrested on a misdemeanor drug charge after police in Hewitt, Texas, found the butt of a joint in the ashtray of his Mercedes-Benz.

2000:Singer Marc Anthony married former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres in Las Vegas. They divorced in 2004.

Today’s Birthdays: Guitarist Nokie Edwards of The Ventures is 79. Actor Albert Finney is 78. Actress-turned-politician Glenda Jackson is 78. Guitarist Sonny Curtis of Buddy Holly and The Crickets is 77. Producer-director James L. Brooks is 77. Singer Tommy Roe is 72. Singer-guitarist Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield, Poco) is 70. Singer Clint Holmes is 68. Actress Candice Bergen is 68. Singer Billy Joel is 65. Bassist Tom Petersson of Cheap Trick is 64. Actress Alley Mills (“The Wonder Years”) is 63. Actor John Corbett (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” ”Northern Exposure”) is 53. Singer David Gahan of Depeche Mode is 52. Rapper Ghostface Killah of Wu-Tang Clan is 44. Guitarist Mike Myerson of Heartland is 43. Singer Tamia is 39. Trombonist Dan Regan of Reel Big Fish is 37. Singer Pierre Bouvier of Simple Plan is 35. Actress Rosario Dawson is 35. Musician Andrew W.K. is 35.

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