1945: “Going My Way” won the best picture Oscar. Bing Crosby won the best actor award for his role in that movie.
1956: Colonel Tom Parker became Elvis Presley’s manager.
1964: Actress Elizabeth Taylor married actor Richard Burton for the first time in Montreal. It was her fifth marriage and his second.
1967: Frank Sinatra won the record of the year Grammy for “Strangers in the Night” and album of the year for “Sinatra — A Man and His Music.” John Lennon and Paul McCartney pulled an upset by winning for song of the year for “Michelle.”
1977: “Three’s Company” made its debut on ABC.
Today’s Birthdays: Elvis Presley drummer DJ Fontana is 83. Actor Judd Hirsch is 79. Bassist Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead is 74. Singer Mike Love of the Beach Boys is 73. Singer-keyboardist Sly Stone of Sly and the Family Stone is 71. Guitarist Howard Scott of War is 68. Rock guitarist Ry Cooder is 67. Singer Dee Snider of Twisted Sister is 59. Actress Park Overall (“Empty Nest”) is 57. Model Fabio is 53. Singer Terence Trent D’Arby is 52. Singer Bret Michaels of Poison is 51. Singer Rockwell is 50. Singer Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray is 46. Bassist Mark Hoppus of Plus-44 and Blink 182 is 42. Actress Eva Longoria (“Desperate Housewives”) is 39. Musician will.i.am of Black Eyed Peas is 39. DJ Joseph Hahn of Linkin Park is 37. Rapper Young Buck is 33. Actor Kellan Lutz (The “Twilight” films) is 29.
1971: Simon and Garfunkel were the first winners of the so-called “Triple Crown” of the Grammys. “Bridge Over Troubled Water” was named song and record of the year, and the album by the same name won album of the year. It was also the first year the Grammys were televised live.
1974: The Grand Ole Opry moved from the Ryman Auditorium to a new facility at the Opryland complex.
1991: Seven members of Reba McEntire’s band and her road manager were killed when their plane crashed after taking off from an airport in San Diego.
2005: Actor Robert Blake was acquitted of murdering his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley. He was later found liable in a civil court and ordered to pay her children $30 million.
Today’s Birthdays: Comedian Jerry Lewis is 88. Movie director Bernardo Bertolucci is 73. Game show host Chuck Woolery is 73. Singer-songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker is 72. Actor Victor Garber (“Alias”) is 65. Actor Erik Estrada is 65. Actress Kate Nelligan is 63. Country singer Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel is 63. Guitarist-singer Nancy Wilson of Heart is 60. Actress Isabelle Huppert is 59. Actor Clifton Powell (“Ray,” ”Norbit”) is 58. Rapper Flavor Flav of Public Enemy is 55. Actor Jerome Flynn (“Game of Thrones”) is 51. Folk singer Patty Griffin is 50. Singer Tracy Bonham is 47. Actress Lauren Graham (“Parenthood,” ”Gilmore Girls”) is 47. Actor Judah Friedlander (“30 Rock”) is 45. Singer Blu Cantrell is 38.