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Today in entertainment history: June 19

Today in entertainment history: June 19

THIS DAY IN 1978: The "Garfield" comic strip appeared for the first time. "Garfield" creator Jim Davis, pauses after drawing the cartoon character in his Muncie, Ind., office Tuesday, June 9, 1998. Davis created the wacky cat 20 years ago and has seen the cat grow into a commercial success with a worldwide-syndicated strip, 13 prime-time animated television shows and at least 40 books. Photo: Associated Press/Michael Conroy

1960: Loretta Lynn’s “Honky Tonk Girl” became her first record to make the Billboard country chart.

1973: The stage production of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” opened in London. Tim Curry later repeated his starring role in the 1975 movie version.

1976: Wild Cherry released “Play That Funky Music.”

1978: The comic strip “Garfield” appeared for the first time.

1988: More than 3,000 East Germans gathered by the Berlin Wall to hear Michael Jackson, who was performing across the border in West Germany.

Today’s Birthdays: Singer Tommy DeVito of The Four Seasons is 87. Actress Gena Rowlands is 85. Singer Spanky McFarlane of Spanky and Our Gang is 73. Actress Phylicia Rashad is 67. Singer Ann Wilson of Heart is 65. Actress Kathleen Turner is 61. Country singer Doug Stone is 59. Singer Mark DeBarge of DeBarge is 56. Singer-dancer Paula Abdul is 53. Actor Andy Lauer (“Caroline in the City”) is 52. Singer-guitarist Brian Vander Ark of The Verve Pipe is 51. Actress Mia Sara (“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”) is 48. “Good Morning America” host Lara Spencer is 46. Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch is 45. Actor Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”) is 43. Actress Robin Tunney is 43. Actress Poppy Montgomery (“Without a Trace”) is 40. Singer-banjoist Scott Avett of The Avett Brothers is 39. Actress Zoe Saldana (“Avatar”) is 37. Singer Macklemore of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis is 32. Actor Paul Dano (“Little Miss Sunshine”) is 31. Actor Giacomo Gianniotti (“Grey’s Anatomy”) is 26. Actor Atticus Shaffer (“The Middle”) is 17.

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