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Celebrity Birthdays for Sept. 30: Actress Angie Dickinson is 92. Singer Cissy Houston is 90. Singer Johnny Mathis is 88. Actor Len Cariou ("The Four Seasons") is 84. Singer Marilyn McCoo is 80. Singer Sylvia Peterson of The Chiffons is 77.


Today in History for Sept. 30: On this date: In 1399, King Henry IV ascended the throne of England. He had usurped the crown from Richard II, beginning the Lancastrian dynasty and planting the seeds of the "Wars of the Roses.


Today in Music History for Sept. 30: In 1791, Mozart's last opera, "The Magic Flute," was performed for the first time in Vienna. In 1935, singer Johnny Mathis was born in San Francisco.


Celebrity Birthdays for Oct. 5: Actress Glynis Johns ("Mary Poppins") is 100. '60s country singer Margie Singleton is 88. Singer Arlene Smith of The Chantels is 82. Singer-guitarist Steve Miller is 80. Singer Brian Johnson of AC/DC is 76.


Celebrity Birthdays for Oct. 7: Author Thomas Keneally is 88. Montreal Symphony Orchestra conductor Charles Dutoit is 87. TV personality Joy Behar ("The View") is 81. Drummer Kevin Godley of 10cc is 78. Actress Jill Larson is 76.


Celebrity Birthdays for Oct. 6: British broadcaster and writer Melvyn Bragg is 84. Actress Britt Ekland is 81. Singer-guitarist Thomas McClary (The Commodores) is 74. Musician Sid McGinnis is 74. Science fiction author David Brin is 73.


Celebrity Birthdays for Oct. 4: Country singer Leroy Van Dyke is 94. Actress Felicia Farr is 91. Canadian novelist Rudy Wiebe is 89. Actress Lori Saunders (Bobbie-Jo on "Petticoat Junction") is 82. Author and humorist Roy Blount Jr.


Today in Music History for Oct. 13: In 1941, singer Paul Simon was born in Newark, N.J. Between 1962 and 1970, he and partner Art Garfunkel were the most popular duo in rock music. "Simon and Garfunkel's" No.


Celebrity Birthdays for Oct. 3: Hockey Hall of Fame goalie Glenn Hall is 92. Composer Steve Reich is 87. Hockey Hall of Fame centre Jean Ratelle is 83. Singer Chubby Checker is 82. Actor Alan Rachins ("Dharma and Greg") is 81.


Celebrity Birthdays for Oct. 2: Critic Rex Reed is 85. Singer Don McLean is 78. Country singer Jo-el Sonnier is 77. Actor Eric Peterson ("Corner Gas") is 77. Actor Avery Brooks ("Star Trek: Deep Space Nine") is 75. Fashion designer Donna Karan is 75.
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