Today's birthdays include Tennessee Ernie Ford, who was born in 1919; songwriter Boudleaux Bryant was born in 1920; Gene Ames of the Ames Brothers in 1925 (age 78); Dotty McGuire of the McGuire Sisters in 1930 (age 73); country's Razzy Bailey in 1939 (age 64); Peter Tork of the Monkees in 1944 (age 59); Genesis lead singer Peter Gabriel in 1950 (age 53); Foreigner bassist Ed Gagliardi and singer/actor David Naughton, both in 1952 (age 51); bassist Peter Hook of Joy Division and New Order in 1956 (age 47); and Big Country bassist Tony Butler in 1957 (age 46).
Today's musical milestones:
In 1961, after many years recording for Capitol Records, Frank Sinatra launched his own Reprise label under the auspices of Warner Bros. Records.
In 1966, the Rolling Stones appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
In 1980, Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott married Caroline Crowther, daughter of British entertainer Leslie Crowther.
In 1981, Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" became the longest-charted rock album in history when it completed its 402nd week on the Billboard Top-200 Albums chart.
In 1982, thieves removed a 300-pound marble tombstone from the grave of Lynyrd Skynyrd lead singer Ronnie Van Zant in Orange Park, Fla. Police found it in a riverbed two weeks later.
In 1984, Capitol Records reissued the Beatles' "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" with a music video.
In 1991, Gloria Estefan announced her first concert tour since the traffic accident that almost left her paralyzed the previous March.
Also in 1991, Curtis Mayfield made his first public appearance since a freak accident during a New York concert left him paralyzed the previous August. He donated $100,000 to a Miami medical center to treat spinal cord injuries.
Also in 1996, members of the British pop group Take That confirmed they were breaking up.
And in 1996, the husband of former Pointer Sisters singer Patricia "Bonnie" Pointer was convicted of hitting his wife and her sister during a Christmas Eve family gathering.
In 1997, Michael Jackson became a father with the birth of a boy to his wife, Deborah Rowe Jackson, at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
In 1998, the Eagles sued the National Foundation to Protect America's Eagles, claiming the organization infringed on the band's name and image.
Also in 1998, Gregg Allman sued Capricorn Records in Los Angeles, accusing the label of copyright infringement stemming from its unauthorized release of 10 albums -- nine by the Allman Brothers Band and a solo effort by Gregg Allman.
In 1999, Will Smith was named Entertainer of the Year at the 30th annual NAACP Image Awards.
Also in 1999, the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir was joined on-stage by the pop trio Hanson as the Wetlands in New York City marked its 10th anniversary.
Today's musical quiz:
Who wrote the 1967 Monkees' hit "I'm A Believer"? Answer: Neil Diamond.
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