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Today in entertainment history: June 6

Today in entertainment history: June 6

THIS DAY IN 1962:The Beatles auditioned for producer George Martin at EMI Records in London. He signed them to a contract the following month. Photo: Associated Press

1933: The first drive-in movie theater opened, in Camden, New Jersey.

1962: The Beatles auditioned for producer George Martin at EMI Records in London. He signed them to a contract the following month.

1969: Rod Stewart signed a solo recording contract with Mercury Records. He had previously sung for the Jeff Beck Group.

1971: The “Ed Sullivan Show” was cancelled after 23 years. It was TV’s longest-running variety show.

Today’s Birthdays: Singer-songwriter Gary “U.S.” Bonds is 75. Country singer Joe Stampley is 71. Actor Robert Englund (Freddie Krueger) is 67. Singer Dwight Twilley is 63. Playwright-actor Harvey Fierstein is 62. Actress-comedian Sandra Bernhard is 59. Actress Amanda Pays is 55. Record producer Jimmy Jam is 55. Comedian Colin Quinn is 55. Guitarist Steve Vai is 54. Singer-bassist Tom Araya of Slayer is 53. Actor Jason Isaacs (“Harry Potter” films) is 51. Bassist Sean Ysealt (White Zombie) is 48. Actor Max Casella (“Analyze This,” ”Doogie Howser, M.D.”) is 47. Actor Paul Giamatti (“Sideways”) is 47. Singer Damion Hall of Guy is 46. Bassist Bardi Martin (Candlebox) is 45. Guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer of Korn is 44. Country singer Lisa Brokop is 41. Singer Uncle Kracker is 40. Actress Staci Keanan (“Step By Step,” ”My Two Dads”) is 39. Actress Aubrey Anderson-Emmons (“Modern Family”) is 7.

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An Indian school boy eats a midday meal provided free at a government school in Hyderabad, India, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. India has offered free midday school meals since the 1960s in an effort to persuade poor parents to send their children to school, a program that reaches some 120 million children. The country now plans to subsidize wheat, rice and cereals for some 800 million people under a $20 billion scheme to cut malnutrition and ease poverty.

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