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Today in entertainment history: March 21

Today in entertainment history: March 21

IT'S AS EASY AS...: "ABC" was released 44 years ago today. Photo: Associated Press

1944:Comedian Charlie Chaplin went on trial in Los Angeles, accused of transporting former protegeé Joan Barry across state lines for immoral purposes. Chaplin was acquitted, but he lost a paternity suit despite tests showing he wasn’t the father of Barry’s child.

1961: The Beatles made their first appearance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. The band would play more than 300 dates there.

1963: Barbra Streisand and Elliot Gould were married. They divorced in 1971.

1970:The single “ABC” by the Jackson Five was released.

1989: Madonna’s “Like A Prayer” album was released.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Kathleen Widdoes (“As the World Turns”) is 77. Singer-guitarist Keith Potger of The Seekers is 75. Singer-keyboardist Rose Stone of Sly and the Family Stone is 71. Actor Timothy Dalton is 70. Singer Eddie Money is 67. Singer-guitarist Rodger Hodgson (Supertramp) is 66. Bassist Conrad Lozano of Los Lobos is 65. Singer Russell Thompkins Junior of The Stylistics is 65. Comedian Brad Hall (“Saturday Night Live”) is 58. Actress Sabrina LeBeauf (“The Cosby Show”) is 58. Actor Gary Oldman is 58. Actor Matthew Broderick is 54. Actress-comedian Rosie O’Donnell is 54. MC Maxim of Prodigy is 49. Keyboardist Jonas “Joker” Berggren of Ace of Base is 49. Guitarist Andrew Copeland of Sister Hazel is 48. DJ Premier of Gang Starr is 47. Actress Laura Allen is 42. Actor Scott Eastwood (“The Longest Ride”) is 30. Actor Forrest Wheeler (“Fresh Off The Boat”) is 12.

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