1964: Madame Tussaud’s in London announced that The Beatles would become the first pop stars to be cast in wax.
1990: Comedian Richard Pryor was discharged from an Australian hospital after being treated for a mild heart attack.
1995: Julia Roberts and Lyle Lovett announced they were separating after 21 months of marriage.
1996: Phil Collins announced he was leaving Genesis.
Today’s Birthdays: Actress Conchata Ferrell is 72. Actor Ken Howard is 71. Actress Dianne Wiest is 69. Country singer Reba McEntire is 60. Rapper Salt of Salt-N-Pepa is 49. Country singer Rodney Atkins is 46. Actor Vince Vaughn is 45. Rapper Mr. Cheeks of Lost Boyz is 44. Actor Ken L. (“The Parkers”) is 42. Singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson is 42. Guitarist Dave Keuning of The Killers is 39. Actress Julia Stiles is 34. Singer Lady Gaga is 29.
1962: Jack Paar hosted NBC’s “Tonight” show for the last time. Johnny Carson began his stint as host in October.
1977: “Rocky” won the Academy Award for best picture. “Evergreen,” the love theme from “A Star Is Born,” won the best original song award.
1979: Eric Clapton married Patti Boyd, the ex-wife of his friend, George Harrison. They separated in 1986.
1989: “Rain Man” won four Academy Awards, including best picture and the best actor award for Dustin Hoffman.
2000: ‘N Sync’s album “No Strings Attached” sold 2.4 million copies its first week out. It set an all-time record for first-week sales.
2010: Ricky Martin announced on Twitter he is gay.
Today’s Birthdays: Host John McLaughlin (“The McLaughlin Group”) is 88. Comedian Eric Idle is 72. Composer Vangelis (“Chariots of Fire”) is 72. Singer Bobby Kimball of Toto is 68. Actor Bud Cort (“Harold and Maude”) is 67. Actor Brendan Gleeson (“Harry Potter”) is 60. Actress Marina Sirtis (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”) is 60. Actor Christopher Lambert (“Highlander”) is 58. Singer Perry Farrell of Porno for Pyros and Jane’s Addiction is 56. Comedian Amy Sedaris is 54. Model Elle Macpherson is 52. Singer-harmonica player John Popper of Blues Traveler is 48. Actress Lucy Lawless (“Xena: Warrior Princess”) is 47. Country singer Regina Leigh of Regina Regina is 47. Country singer Brady Seals is 46.