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On September 19th, 1958, Elvis Presley set sail for Germany, where he would serve a tour of duty for the U.S. Army.

He arrived in West Germany on October first.

In 1973, singer-songwriter Gram Parsons died under mysterious circumstances in Joshua Tree, California.

Parsons played with The Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers. His coffin was later stolen by two of his associates and set on fire.

In 1981, singers Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel reunited for a free concert in New York's Central Park. More than 400,000 people turned out for the show, which was recorded and released as a double album.

In 1985, Frank Zappa appeared before a Senate panel to protest a proposal to rate the lyrics of rock music based on sexual and violent content.

In 1989, the Library of Congress announced the first 25 of 75 films named to the new national film registry.

The registry was established to get high-quality copies of films to make sure they would be preserved. The first group included "Gone With The Wind," "The Maltese Falcon" and "Citizen Kane."

In 1998, singer Fabian married former Miss Pennsylvania Andrea Patrick in Farmington, Pennsylvania.

In 2008, a private plane carrying Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and DJ AM crashed shortly after takeoff outside Columbia, South Carolina.

Barker and DJ AM were seriously hurt. Four others were killed.

Today's Birthdays: "Inside the Actor's Studio" host James Lipton is 89. Actress Rosemary Harris is 88. Actor Adam West ("Batman") is 87. Actor David McCallum ("The Man From U.N.C.L.E.") is 82. Singer Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers is 75. Singer Sylvia Tyson of Ian and Sylvia is 75. Singer-songwriter Paul Williams is 75. Singer Freda Payne is 73. Singer David Bromberg is 70. Actor Randolph Mantooth ("Emergency") is 70. Guitarist Lol Creme of 10cc (ten-see-see) is 68. Actor Jeremy Irons is 67. Actress-model Twiggy Lawson is 66. TV personality Joan Lunden is 65. Guitarist-producer Nile Rodgers of Chic (SHEEK) is 63. Singer-actor Rex Smith is 60. Musician Lita Ford is 57. Director Kevin Hooks is 57. Actress Carolyn McCormick ("Law and Order: Special Victims Unit") is 56. Country singer Jeff Bates is 52. Country singer Trisha Yearwood is 51. Comedian Cheri Oteri ("Saturday Night Live") is 50. News anchor Soledad O'Brien is 49. Singer Esperonza Griffin (Society of Soul) is 46. Celebrity chef Michael Symon is 46. Singer A. Jay Popoff of Lit is 42. Comedian/talk show host Jimmy Fallon is 41. Actress/host Alison Sweeney ("Days of Our Lives," "The Biggest Loser") is 39. Singers Tegan (TEE'-gan) and Sara Quin of Tegan and Sara are 35. Actor Columbus Short ("Scandal") is 33. Rapper Eamon is 32.

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