Entertainment History on June 27th

On June 27th, 1968, Elvis Presley began taping his first TV special, “Elvis.” The show’s success was seen as the beginning of his comeback.

In 1989, The Who performed the rock opera “Tommy” in its entirety for the first time in 17 years. The performance in New York was part of the band’s reunion tour, and it raised money for a children’s charity and for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Also in 1989, singer Tom Jones got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 1992, Michael Jackson kicked off his worldwide “Dangerous” tour. About 70,000 people filled a stadium in Munich to see the first show.

In 1993, actress Julia Roberts married singer Lyle Lovett. They divorced in 1995.

In 1995, actor Hugh Grant was arrested for engaging in “lewd conduct” with a prostitute in a rented BMW in Los Angeles.

In 1996, actor Eddie Murphy got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Fans started lining up a full day ahead to get a good look at the unveiling.

In 2001, comedian Paula Poundstone was arrested on child endangerment charges in Malibu, California. The charges were later dropped.

Also in 2001, actor Jack Lemmon died of cancer in Los Angeles. He was 76.

In 2002, bassist John Entwistle of The Who was found dead in his hotel room in Las Vegas the night before the band was starting a tour. Entwistle was 57. His death was ruled a result of cocaine use and heart disease.