News

Today in entertainment history: June 19

Today in entertainment history: June 19

THIS DAY IN 1978: The "Garfield" comic strip appeared for the first time. "Garfield" creator Jim Davis, pauses after drawing the cartoon character in his Muncie, Ind., office Tuesday, June 9, 1998. Davis created the wacky cat 20 years ago and has seen the cat grow into a commercial success with a worldwide-syndicated strip, 13 prime-time animated television shows and at least 40 books. Photo: Associated Press/Michael Conroy

1960: Loretta Lynn’s “Honky Tonk Girl” became her first record to make the Billboard country chart.

1973: The stage production of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” opened in London. Tim Curry later repeated his starring role in the 1975 movie version.

1976: Wild Cherry released “Play That Funky Music.”

1978: The comic strip “Garfield” appeared for the first time.

1988: More than 3,000 East Germans gathered by the Berlin Wall to hear Michael Jackson, who was performing across the border in West Germany.

Today’s Birthdays: Singer Tommy DeVito of The Four Seasons is 86. Actress Gena Rowlands is 84. Singer Spanky McFarlane of Spanky and Our Gang is 72. Actress Phylicia Rashad is 66. Singer Ann Wilson of Heart is 64. Actress Kathleen Turner is 60. Country singer Doug Stone is 58. Singer Mark DeBarge of DeBarge is 55. Singer-dancer Paula Abdul is 52. Actor Andy Lauer (“Caroline in the City”) is 51. Singer-guitarist Brian Vander Ark of The Verve Pipe is 50. Actress Mia Sara (“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”) is 47. Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch is 44. Actor Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”) is 42. Actress Robin Tunney is 42. Actress Poppy Montgomery (“Without a Trace”) is 39. Singer-banjoist Scott Avett of The Avett Brothers is 38. Actress Zoe Saldana (“Avatar”) is 36. Singer Macklemore of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis is 31. Actor Paul Dano (“Little Miss Sunshine”) is 30. Actor Atticus Shaffer (“The Middle”) is 16.

Latest Headlines

in Local

66-Year-Old Bank Robbery Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

Fresh
JOHN SLATER MUG

BANGOR, Maine (AP) - A 66-year-old Maine man police say claimed to have a grenade and a gun when he robbed a Hallowell bank in June has pleaded not guilty.

in Local

Bangor Man Charged With Assaulting Pregnant Woman

Fresh
JOSHUA COLE MUG

BANGOR, Maine (AP) - A Bangor man charged with beating a pregnant woman so severely that she required multiple surgeries has been held on $100,000 bail.

in Entertainment, Trending, Viral Videos

TODAY’S MUST SEE: ‘Barely Legal Pawn’

Fresh
15-overlay7

WATCH: Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul reunited for "Barely Legal Pawn," to promote the upcoming Emmy Awards.

in Local

Data: Connecticut, Maine Have Slow Economic Growth

GENERIC ECONOMIC CHART

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - New federal statistics show economic growth in New England has been slowest in Connecticut and Maine since the end of the Great Recession.

in Local

Advocates Bash Plan Requiring Jobs for Food Stamps

Newsradio WGAN

Advocates for the poor are urging Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration to scrap a plan that would require people to have a job to receive food stamps.