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Today in entertainment history: May 9

Today in entertainment history: May 9

ON THIS DAY IN 1994:Singer Willie Nelson was arrested on a misdemeanor drug charge after police in Hewitt, Texas, found the butt of a joint in the ashtray of his Mercedes-Benz. Photo: Associated Press

1970: Lynyrd Skynyrd first performed “Free Bird” in public, at the grand opening of the Jacksonville Art Museum in Jacksonville, Florida.

1994:Singer Willie Nelson was arrested on a misdemeanor drug charge after police in Hewitt, Texas, found the butt of a joint in the ashtray of his Mercedes-Benz.

2000:Singer Marc Anthony married former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres in Las Vegas. They divorced in 2004.

Today’s Birthdays: Guitarist Nokie Edwards of The Ventures is 81. Actor Albert Finney is 80. Actress-turned-politician Glenda Jackson is 80. Guitarist Sonny Curtis of Buddy Holly and The Crickets is 79. Producer-director James L. Brooks is 79. Singer Tommy Roe is 74. Singer-guitarist Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield, Poco) is 72. Singer Clint Holmes is 70. Actress Candice Bergen is 70. Singer Billy Joel is 67. Bassist Tom Petersson of Cheap Trick is 66. Actress Alley Mills (“The Wonder Years”) is 65. Actor John Corbett (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” ”Northern Exposure”) is 55. Singer David Gahan (GAHN) of Depeche Mode is 54. Actress Sonja Sohn (“Body of Proof,” ”The Wire”) is 52. Rapper Ghostface Killah of Wu-Tang Clan is 46. Guitarist Mike Myerson of Heartland is 45. Singer Tamia is 41. Trombonist Dan Regan of Reel Big Fish is 39. Singer Pierre Bouvier of Simple Plan is 37. Actress Rosario Dawson is 37. Musician Andrew W.K. is 37. Actress Rachel Boston (“Witches of East End,” ”In Plain Sight,” ”American Dreams”) is 34. TV personality Audrina Patridge (“The Hills”) is 31. Actress Grace Gummer (“American Horror Story,” ”The Newsroom”) is 30.

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