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Today in entertainment history: July 15

Today in entertainment history: July 15

THIS DAY IN 1986:Columbia Records dropped Johnny Cash after 28 years. Cash signed a new recording contract with Polygram later the next year. Photo: Associated Press

1986: Columbia Records dropped Johnny Cash after 28 years. Cash signed a new recording contract with Polygram later the next year.

1988: MTV banned the video for Neil Young’s “This Note’s For You” because it ridiculed MTV sponsors.

1998: Drummer Joey Kramer of Aerosmith was burned when his Ferrari caught fire at a gas station in Scituate, Massachusetts.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Ken Kercheval (“Dallas”) is 80. Actor Patrick Wayne is 76. Actor Jan-Michael Vincent is 71. Singer Millie Jackson is 71. Guitarist-singer Peter Lewis of Moby Grape is 70. Singer Linda Ronstadt is 69. Drummer Artimus Pyle (Lynyrd Skynyrd) is 67. Actor Terry O’Quinn (“Lost,” ”West Wing,” ”Alias”) is 63. Drummer Marky Ramone (The Ramones) is 59. Guitarist Joe Satriani is 59. Actor Willie Aames (“Eight Is Enough,” ”Charles In Charge”) is 55. Model Kim Alexis is 55. Actress Lolita Davidovich is 54. Actor-director Forest Whitaker is 54. Actress Shari Headley is 52. Actress Brigitte Nielsen is 52. Drummer Jason Bonham is 49. Actor Kristoff St. John (“The Young and the Restless”) is 49. Singer Stokley of Mint Condition is 48. Actor-comedian Eddie Griffin (“Malcolm and Eddie”) is 47. Actor Jim Rash (“Community”) is 44. Drummer John Dolmayan of System Of A Down and of Scars On Broadway is 43. Actor Scott Foley (“Felicity”) is 43. Actor Brian Austin Green (“Beverly Hills 90210”) is 42. Rapper Jim Jones is 39. Actress Lana Parrilla (“Once Upon A Time,” ”Swingtown”) is 38. Guitarist Ray Toro of My Chemical Romance is 38. Actress Laura Benanti (“Law and Order: SVU”) is 36. Singer Kia Thornton of Divine is 34. Actor Tristan “Mack” Wilds (“90210”) is 26.

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Smoke rises from railway cars that were carrying crude oil after derailing in downtown Lac Megantic, Quebec, Canada, Saturday, July 6, 2013. A large swath of Lac Megantic was destroyed Saturday after a train carrying crude oil derailed, sparking several explosions and forcing the evacuation of up to 1,000 people. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

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Maine Gov. Paul Page is temporarily withdrawing his nomination of Bill Beardsley as education commissioner because he says Democrats plan to reject Beardsley for reasons unrelated to his qualifications for the job.

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