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Today in History and Celebrity Birthdays


Celebrity Birthdays for Oct. 5: Actress Glynis Johns ("Mary Poppins") is 100. '60s country singer Margie Singleton is 88. Singer Arlene Smith of The Chantels is 82. Singer-guitarist Steve Miller is 80. Singer Brian Johnson of AC/DC is 76.


Celebrity Birthdays for Oct. 7: Author Thomas Keneally is 88. Montreal Symphony Orchestra conductor Charles Dutoit is 87. TV personality Joy Behar ("The View") is 81. Drummer Kevin Godley of 10cc is 78. Actress Jill Larson is 76.


Celebrity Birthdays for Oct. 6: British broadcaster and writer Melvyn Bragg is 84. Actress Britt Ekland is 81. Singer-guitarist Thomas McClary (The Commodores) is 74. Musician Sid McGinnis is 74. Science fiction author David Brin is 73.


Celebrity Birthdays for Oct. 4: Country singer Leroy Van Dyke is 94. Actress Felicia Farr is 91. Canadian novelist Rudy Wiebe is 89. Actress Lori Saunders (Bobbie-Jo on "Petticoat Junction") is 82. Author and humorist Roy Blount Jr.


Today in Music History for Oct. 13: In 1941, singer Paul Simon was born in Newark, N.J. Between 1962 and 1970, he and partner Art Garfunkel were the most popular duo in rock music. "Simon and Garfunkel's" No.


Celebrity Birthdays for Oct. 3: Hockey Hall of Fame goalie Glenn Hall is 92. Composer Steve Reich is 87. Hockey Hall of Fame centre Jean Ratelle is 83. Singer Chubby Checker is 82. Actor Alan Rachins ("Dharma and Greg") is 81.


Celebrity Birthdays for Oct. 2: Critic Rex Reed is 85. Singer Don McLean is 78. Country singer Jo-el Sonnier is 77. Actor Eric Peterson ("Corner Gas") is 77. Actor Avery Brooks ("Star Trek: Deep Space Nine") is 75. Fashion designer Donna Karan is 75.


Celebrity Birthdays for Oct. 1: Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is 99. Actress-singer Julie Andrews is 88. Saxophonist Jerry Martini of Sly and the Family Stone is 80. Barbara Parritt of the '60s girl group The Toys is 79.


Today in Music History for Oct. 10: In 1813, Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi was born in Le Roncole. Among Verdi's major successes were "Rigoletto," produced in 1851, and "Il Trovatore" and "La Traviata," both staged in 1853. Verdi died in 1901.


Today in History for Oct. 13: On this date: In A.D. 54, Roman Emperor Claudius I died after being poisoned, apparently at the behest of his wife, Agrippina. In 1399, King Henry IV of England was crowned.
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