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Today in entertainment history: May 1

Today in entertainment history: May 1

ON THIS DAY IN 1967:Elvis and Priscilla Presley cut their wedding cake after exchanging nuptials in the Aladdin Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas. Photo: Associated Press

1967: Elvis Presley married Priscilla Beaulieu in Las Vegas. She was the daughter of an army officer Elvis had met while in Germany. She had been living at Elvis’ mansion in Memphis for several years before they were married.

1973: Bachman-Turner Overdrive released its first album.

1979: Elton John became the first pop music star to perform in Israel.

1988: Billy Joel escaped punishment for defamation charges brought against him by songwriter Jack Powers, whom he had called a “creep” during an interview with Playboy. The judge cited the First Amendment and dropped all charges.

Cable music channels banned the video for the Garth Brooks song “The Thunder Rolls” because it depicted adultery, domestic violence and murder. Brooks refused to alter the video.

1996: Talk show host Kathie Lee Gifford broke into tears on “Live With Regis and Kathie Lee.” She was defending herself over accusations that a line of clothing bearing her name used children working in sweatshops.

Today’s Birthdays: Country singer Sonny James is 85. Singer Judy Collins is 75. Singer Rita Coolidge is 69. Singer-bassist Nick Fortuna of The Buckinghams is 68. Actor Dann Florek (“Law and Order: SVU”) is 63. Singer-songwriter Ray Parker Junior is 60. Actress Maia Morgenstern (“The Passion of the Christ”) is 52. Country singer Wayne Hancock is 49. Actor Charlie Schlatter (“Diagnosis Murder”) is 48. Country singer Tim McGraw is 47. Bassist D’Arcy Wretzky (Smashing Pumpkins) is 46 Director Wes Anderson is 45. Actor Darius McCrary (“Family Matters”) is 38. Singer Tina Campbell of Mary Mary is 40. Actor Jamie Dornan (“Fifty Shades of Grey”) is 32. Actress Kerry Bishe (“Argo”) is 30.

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