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Today in entertainment history: March 5

Today in entertainment history: March 5

CONVICTED: Martha Stewart leaves Manhattan federal court Friday, March 5, 2004, in New York. Stewart was convicted of obstructing justice and lying to the government about a superbly timed stock sale. Photo: Associated Press

1960: Elvis Presley was discharged from the Army.

1963: Country singers Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins were killed when their small plane crashed near Camden, Tennessee. They were returning to Nashville following a benefit concert.

1975: Singer Rod Stewart met actress Britt Ekland at a party in Los Angeles. Their romance became much publicized.

1982: Comedian John Belushi was found dead of a drug overdose in Hollywood. He was 33.

2002: “The Osbournes” premiered on MTV.

2004: Martha Stewart was convicted of obstruction of justice and lying to government investigators involving her ImClone stock. She was sentenced to five months in a minimum-security prison.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor James Noble (“Benson”) is 92. Actor James B. Sikking (“Hill Street Blues,” ”Doogie Howser, M.D.”) is 80. Actor Dean Stockwell is 78. Actor Fred Williamson is 76. Actor Michael Warren (“Soul Food,” ”Hill Street Blues”) is 68. Actor-singer Eddie Hodges is 67. Singer Eddy Grant is 66. Keyboardist Alan Clark of Dire Straits is 62. Actress-comedian Marsha Warfield (“Night Court”) is 60. Comedian-magician Penn Jillette is 59. Singers Craig and Charlie Reid of The Proclaimers are 52. Guitarist John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers) is 44. Singer Rome is 44. Actor Kevin Connolly (“Entourage”) is 40. Actress Eva Mendes is 39. Model Niki Taylor is 39. Actress Kimberly McCullough (“General Hospital”) is 36. Actor Sterling Knight (“Sonny With A Chance”) is 25. Actor Jake Lloyd (“Star Wars Episode 1: Phantom Menace”) is 25.

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