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Today in entertainment history: July 29

Today in entertainment history: July 29

THIS DAY IN 1987:Ben and Jerry's began selling Cherry Garcia ice cream, in honor of Grateful Dead singer-guitarist Jerry Garcia. Jerry Greenfield, left, and Bennett Cohen, the founders of Ben and Jerry Homemade Inc., pose in front of their "Cowmobile" in Burlington, Vt., on June 15, 1987. Photo: Associated Press

1957: Jack Paar made his debut as host of NBC’s “Tonight” show.

1959:The Isley Brothers recorded “Shout.”

1965: The Beatles’ second film, “Help,” had its royal premiere at London’s Pavillion Theatre.

1973:Led Zeppelin’s safe deposit box at The Drake Hotel in New York was robbed. The band lost $180,000 in concert receipts from two shows at Madison Square Garden.

In 1974, Mama Cass Elliott was found dead in London. It was rumored that the former Mamas and Papas lead singer choked on a ham sandwich, but a coroner ruled she had suffered a heart attack. She was 30.

1987: Ben and Jerry’s began selling Cherry Garcia ice cream, in honor of Grateful Dead singer-guitarist Jerry Garcia.

2000:Actor Brad Pitt married actress Jennifer Aniston in Malibu, California. They separated after four and a half years of marriage.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Professor Irwin Corey (“Car Wash”) is 100. Actor Robert Horton (“Wagon Train”) is 90. Actor Robert Fuller (“Laramie,” ”Emergency!”) is 81. Actor David Warner (“Titanic”) is 73. Keyboardist Neal Doughty of REO Speedwagon is 68. Singer-bassist Geddy Lee of Rush is 61. Documentary maker Ken Burns is 61. TV personality Tim Gunn (“Project Runway”) is 61. Singer Patti Scialfa (skee-AL’-fah) with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band is 61. Actress Alexandra Paul (“Baywatch”) is 51. Country singer Martina McBride is 48. Drummer Chris Gorman (Belly) is 47. Actor Tim Omundson (“Psych”) is 45. Actor Wil Wheaton is 42. Singer Wanya (wuh-NAY’) Morris of Boyz II Men is 41. Actor Stephen Dorff is 41. Country singer James Otto is 41. Actor Josh Radnor (“How I Met Your Mother”) is 40. Musician Danger Mouse of Gnarls Barkley is 37. Actress Allison Mack (“Smallville”) is 32.

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