Zimbabwe Independence Day 18 April 2020 (Today in Entertainment History)

In 1961, “The Apartment” won the Academy Awards for best picture and best director for Billy Wilder. Elizabeth Taylor won her first Oscar as best actress, for “Butterfield 8.” Burt Lancaster won best actor for “Elmer Gantry.” “Never on Sunday” won best original song.

In 1964, The Rolling Stones’ self-titled debut album was released in Britain.

In 1970, Paul McCartney released his first solo album, “McCartney.”

In 1974, guitarist Vinnie Taylor of Sha Na Na was found dead of a drug overdose at a hotel in Charlottesville, Virginia. He was 25.

In 1980, musician Bob Marley played at Zimbabwe’s independence day ceremonies, calling it the greatest honor of his life. Marley died a little more than a year later.

In 1991, Nirvana performed “Smells Like Teen Spirit” in public for the first time, during a concert in Seattle.

In 1993, singer Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles married screenwriter M. Jay Roach in Los Angeles.

In 1998, Paul McCartney’s wife, Linda, died of breast cancer. She was 56.

In 2019, professional sports gambler James Holzhauer won $131,127 on “Jeopardy,” setting a record for single-episode winnings. He beat his own record he had set the week before.

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