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Today in entertainment history: March 21

Today in entertainment history: March 21

IT'S AS EASY AS...: "ABC" was released 44 years ago today. Photo: Associated Press

1944:Comedian Charlie Chaplin went on trial in Los Angeles, accused of transporting former protege√© Joan Barry across state lines for immoral purposes. Chaplin was acquitted, but he lost a paternity suit despite tests showing he wasn’t the father of Barry’s child.

1961: The Beatles made their first appearance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. The band would play more than 300 dates there.

1963: Barbra Streisand and Elliot Gould were married. They divorced in 1971.

1970:The single “ABC” by the Jackson Five was released.

1989: Madonna’s “Like A Prayer” album was released.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Kathleen Widdoes (“As the World Turns”) is 75. Singer-keyboardist Rose Stone of Sly and the Family Stone is 69. Actor Timothy Dalton is 68. Singer Eddie Money is 65. Singer-guitarist Rodger Hodgson (Supertramp) is 64. Bassist Conrad Lozano of Los Lobos is 63. Singer Russell Thompkins Junior of The Stylistics is 63. Actress Sabrina LeBeauf (“The Cosby Show”) is 56. Actor Gary Oldman is 56. Actor Matthew Broderick is 52. Actress-comedian Rosie O’Donnell is 52. MC Maxim of Prodigy is 47. Keyboardist Jonas “Joker” Berggren of Ace of Base is 47. Guitarist Andrew Copeland of Sister Hazel is 46. DJ Premier of Gang Starr is 45. Actress Laura Allen is 40.

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