1974: Former Beatle George Harrison visited the White House at the invitation of Jack Ford, the president’s son. Harrison was the first rock musician to be invited to the White House.
1985: Singer Phil Collins made his TV acting debut in the U.S. with an episode of “Miami Vice.”
1988: Singer Bruce Springsteen and model-actress Julianne Phillips divorced.
Today’s birthdays: Actor Dick Van Dyke is 89. Actor Christopher Plummer is 85. Country singer Buck White of The Whites is 84. Actor-singer John Davidson is 73. Actress Kathy Garver (“Family Affair”) is 69. Singer Ted Nugent is 66. Guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (The Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan) is 66. Guitarist Ron Getman of The Tractors is 66. Country singer-guitarist Randy Owen of Alabama is 65. Actress Wendie Malick (“Just Shoot Me”) is 64. Country singer John Anderson is 60. Singer Morris Day of The Time is 58. Actor Steve Buscemi (boo-SEHM’-ee) is 57. Actor Johnny Whitaker (“Family Affair”) is 55. Bassist John Munson of Semisonic is 52. Reality TV star NeNe Leakes (“The Real Housewives of Atlanta”) is 48. Actor-comedian Jamie Foxx is 47. Singer-guitarist Tom Delonge of Angels and Airwaves and of Blink-182 is 39. Actor James Kyson Lee (“Heroes”) is 39. Actress Chelsea Hertford (“Major Dad”) is 33. Singer Amy Lee of Evanescence is 33. Actor Michael Socha (“Once Upon A Time In Wonderland”) is 27. Country singer Taylor Swift is 25. Actress Maisy Stella (“Nashville”) is 11.
1977: The movie “Saturday Night Fever” opened in New York.
1978: The movie “Superman,” starring Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder, opened in Los Angeles.
1980: Fans around the world paid tribute to John Lennon, six days after he was shot to death in New York City. Hundreds of silent vigils were held at 2 p.m. Eastern time for ten minutes at the request of Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono.
1984: Madonna had her first number-one hit when “Like a Virgin” hit the top of the “Billboard” singles chart.
Today’s birthdays: Jazz trumpeter Clark Terry is 94. Actor Hal Williams (“227,” ”Sanford and Son”) is 80. Singer Joyce Vincent-Wilson of Tony Orlando and Dawn is 68. Actress Patty Duke is 68. Actress Dee Wallace is 66. Bassist Cliff Williams of AC/DC is 65. Singer-guitarist Mike Scott of The Waterboys is 56. Singer-whistle player Peter “Spider” Stacy of The Pogues is 56. Actress Cynthia Gibb (“Fame”) is 51. Actor Archie Kao (“Chicago P.D.”) is 45. Singer Brian Dalyrimple of Soul for Real is 39. Actress Vanessa Hudgens (“High School Musical”) is 26.