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July 31, 2014 07:09 GMT

On July 31st, 1928, Leo the Lion roared for the first time at the beginning of MGM's first talking picture, "White Shadows in the South Seas."

In 1964, country star Jim Reeves died when the plane he was piloting crashed near Nashville. His pianist, Dean Manuel, also was killed.

Also in 1964, a Rolling Stones concert in Belfast was stopped after only 12 minutes because of rioting fans.

In 1970, Chet Huntley said "Good night, David," for the last time to David Brinkley. Huntley retired from the NBC "Nightly News" after 15 years.

In 1971, James Taylor reached the top of the Billboard pop chart with "You've Got A Friend."

In 1987, a judge in San Francisco ruled that soul singer Dave Prater and his new partner Sam Daniels could not bill themselves as Sam and Dave. The original Sam and Dave -- with Sam Moore -- had a string of hits including "Soul Man" and "Hold On, I'm Coming."

In 1990, Zsa Zsa Gabor was released from jail in El Segundo, California, after serving a 72-hour sentence for slapping a Beverly Hills police officer.

In 1991, Black Crowes lead singer Chris Robinson was given six months probation for spitting on a customer in a 7-Eleven store in Denver.

In 1996, Aerosmith fired longtime manager Tim Collins, who later hinted that the band was back on drugs.

In 1998, actor Gary Coleman turned himself in to police after allegedly punching a female fan who asked for his autograph.

In 2013, "Glee" actor Corey Monteith was found dead in a hotel room in Vancouver. He had overdosed on heroin and alcohol. He was 31.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Don Murray is 85. Actor Geoffrey Lewis is 79. Actress Susan Flannery ("Bold and the Beautiful") is 75. Singer Lobo is 71. Singer Gary Lewis of Gary Lewis and the Playboys is 69. Actor Michael Biehn is 58. Singer-guitarist Daniel Ash (Love and Rockets, Bauhaus) is 57. Drummer Bill Berry (R.E.M.) is 56. Actor Wesley Snipes is 52. Country singer Chad Brock is 51. Musician Fatboy Slim is 51. Guitarist Jim Corr of The Corrs is 50. "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling is 49. Actor Dean Cain ("Lois and Clark") is 48. Actress Eve Best ("Nurse Jackie") is 43. Actor Robert Telfer ("Saved By The Bell") is 37. Country singer Zac Brown is 36. Actor B.J. Novak ("The Office") is 35. Actor Eric Lively is 33. Country singer Blaire Stroud (3 of Hearts) is 31. Singer Shannon Curfman is 29. Actor Rico Rodriguez ("Modern Family") is 16.

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