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Today in entertainment history: July 14

Today in entertainment history: July 14

THIS DAY IN 1939:Popeye the Sailor Man, seen here in 2004, appeared in his first cartoon. Photo: Associated Press

1933: Popeye the Sailor Man appeared in his first cartoon.

1967: The Who began its first American tour by opening for Herman’s Hermits.

1973: The Everly Brothers broke up after Phil got angry over Don’s performance, smashed his own guitar and walked off stage. They reunited eleven years later.

1988: Michael Jackson launched his first British tour at Wembley Stadium in London. He rode over the crowd in a cradle suspended from a crane.

1989: Cyndi Lauper released the first close-captioned video, for “My First Night Without You.”

1992: Actress Demi Moore appeared on the cover of “Vanity Fair” naked except for a suit that had been painted on.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Harry Dean Stanton is 89. Actor Vincent Pastore (“The Sopranos”) is 69. Singer-comedian Kyle Gass of Tenacious D is 55. Actress Jane Lynch (“Glee,” ”Talladega Nights”) is 55. Actor Jackie Earle Haley is 54. Actor Matthew Fox (“Lost,” ”Party of Five”) is 49. Keyboardist Ellen Reid of Crash Test Dummies is 49. Singer-guitarist Tanya Donelly of Belly is 49. Actress Missy Gold (“Benson”) is 45. Singer Tameka Cottle of Xscape is 40. Country singer Jamey Johnson is 40. Musician taboo of Black Eyed Peas is 40. Singer Dan Smith of Bastille is 29. Singer Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons is 28.

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