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Today in entertainment history: June 25

Today in entertainment history: June 25

FIVE YEARS AGO TODAY:In this March 5, 2009 file photo, Michael Jackson is shown at a press conference in London. Jackson died five years ago at the age of 50. Photo: Associated Press

1951: The first commercial color telecast took place as CBS transmitted a one-hour special from New York to four other cities.

1967: The Beatles recorded “All You Need Is Love” live on the “Our World” program, which was seen worldwide.

1984: Prince released his “Purple Rain” album.

1988: Debbie Gibson became the youngest artist to ever write, produce and perform a number-one hit, when “Foolish Beat” hit the top of the charts. She graduated from high school the next day.

2006: Nicole Kidman married Keith Urban in Sydney, Australia.

2009: Michael Jackson died of cardiac arrest in Los Angeles. He was 50.

2009: Farrah Fawcett died of cancer outside Los Angeles. She was 62.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress June Lockhart is 89. Singer Eddie Floyd is 77. Actress Barbara Montgomery (“Amen”) is 75. Actress Mary Beth Peil (“The Good Wife,” ”Dawson’s Creek”) is 74. Singer Carly Simon is 69. Keyboardist-saxophonist Ian McDonald of Foreigner and King Crimson is 68. Actor-comedian Jimmie Walker is 67. TV personality Phyllis George is 65. Singer Tim Finn of Split Enz and Crowded House is 62. Keyboardist David Paich of Toto is 60. TV host/chef Anthony Bourdain is 58. Actor Ricky Gervais is 53. Singer George Michael is 51. Actress Erica Gimpel (TV’s “Fame,” ”Profiler”) is 50. Rapper Richie Rich is 47. Rapper Candyman is 46. Guitarist Sean Kelly (Sixpence None The Richer) is 43. Actress Angela Kinsey (“The Office”) is 43. Bassist Mike Kroeger of Nickelback is 42. Actress Linda Cardellini (“ER,” ”Scooby Doo”) is 39. Actress Busy Philipps (“ER,” ”Dawson’s Creek”) is 35.

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