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Today in entertainment history: Feb. 14

Today in entertainment history: Feb. 14

ON THIS DAY IN 1980: Walter Cronkite, left, and Dan Rather, at a news conference in 1980. CBS announced that Dan Rather would succeed Walter Cronkite as anchorman and managing editor on "The CBS Evening News" the following year. Photo: Associated Press

A look back on this day in entertainment history.

1972: “Grease” opened off-Broadway. Original cast members included Barry Bostwick and Adrienne Barbeau. The show moved to Broadway later in the year. It closed in 1980.

1973: David Bowie collapsed from exhaustion at the end of an elaborate Valentine’s Day show at Radio City Music Hall.

1977: The B-52’s played their first concert at a party in Athens, Georgia.

1980: CBS announced that Dan Rather would succeed Walter Cronkite as anchorman and managing editor on “The CBS Evening News” the following year.

1984: Elton John married studio engineer Renate Blauel. The marriage lasted four years.

Today’s Birthdays: TV personality Hugh Downs (“20/20″) is 93. Actress Florence Henderson is 80. Country singer Razzy Bailey is 75. Jazz saxophonist Maceo Parker is 71. TV personality Pat O’Brien (“The Insider,” ”Access Hollywood”) is 66. Magician Teller of Penn and Teller is 66. Actor Ken Wahl (“Wiseguy”) is 57. Actress Meg Tilly is 54. Singer Dwayne Wiggins of Tony! Toni! Tone! is 53. Actor Enrico Colantoni (“Just Shoot Me”) is 51. Actor Valente Rodriguez (“George Lopez”) is 50. Bassist Ricky Wolking of The Nixons is 48. Bassist Kevin Baldes of Lit is 42. Singer Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty is 42. Actor Freddie Highmore (“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” ”Bates Motel”) is 22.

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