Today in entertainment history: Aug. 1

Today in entertainment history: Aug. 1

THIS DAY IN 1981:MTV made its debut on cable stations across the U.S. The first video played was "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles. Photo: Associated Press

1960: Chubby Checker released the single “The Twist.”

1971: The Concerts for Bangladesh were held at New York’s Madison Square Garden. It was the first large-scale benefit concert and a precursor to shows like Live Aid. The concerts featured George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Badfinger, Ringo Starr and Billy Preston.

1977: The book “Elvis — What Happened” was released to bookstores nationwide. It was an expose’ by two former bodyguards who presented Elvis as an overweight recluse. Elvis died two weeks later.

1981: MTV made its debut on cable stations across the U.S. The first video played was “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles.

1986: U2 began recording sessions in Dublin, Ireland, that became their album “The Joshua Tree.”

Today’s Birthdays: Actor-director Geoffrey Holder is 84. Singer Ramblin’ Jack Elliott is 83. Blues musician Robert Cray is 61. Singer Michael Penn is 56. Singer Joe Elliott of Def Leppard is 55. Rapper Chuck D of Public Enemy is 54. Guitarist Suzi Gardner of L7 is 54. Rapper Coolio is 51. Singer Adam Duritz of Counting Crows is 50. Country singer George Ducas is 48. Guitarist Charlie Kelley (Buffalo Club) is 46. Actress Jennifer Gareis (“The Bold and the Beautiful”) is 44. Actress Tempestt Bledsoe (“The Cosby Show”) is 41. Singer Ashley Parker Angel (O-Town) is 33.

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