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Today in History and Celebrity Birthdays


Today in Music History for April 13: In 1742, George Frideric Handel's majestic oratorio, ``The Messiah,'' was first performed, in Dublin. The performance raised 400 pounds for charity.


Celebrity Birthdays for April 13: Actor Edward Fox is 87. Singer Lester Chambers of The Chambers Brothers is 84. Movie-TV composer Bill Conti is 82. Musician Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane is 80. Singer Al Green is 78. Actor Ron Perlman is 74.


Today in History for April 13: In 655 (traditional date), Martin, pope from 649 to 655, died in banishment. He was the last pope venerated as a martyr.


Celebrity Birthdays for April 14: Actress Julie Christie is 84. Retired MLB All-Star Pete Rose is 83. Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore is 79. Actor John Shea ("Gossip Girl," ''Lois and Clark") is 75. Country music songwriter Kostas is 75.


Celebrity Birthdays for April 17: Actor David Bradley ("Game of Thrones") is 82. Singer and actress Michele Richard is 78. Musician Jan Hammer is 76. Actress Olivia Hussey is 73. Actor Clarke Peters ("Treme") is 72.


Celebrity Birthdays for April 19: Actress Elinor Donahue ("Father Knows Best") is 87. Keyboardist Alan Price of The Animals is 82. Singer Eve Graham of the New Seekers is 81. Actor Tim Curry is 78. Singer Mark "Flo" Volman of The Turtles is 77.


Celebrity Birthdays for April 20: Walter Ostanek, "Canada's Polka King," is 89. Actor George Takei ("Star Trek") is 87. Singer Johnny Tillotson is 86. Bluegrass singer-musician Doyle Lawson (Quicksilver) is 80. Actress Judith O'Dea is 79.


Celebrity Birthdays for April 16: Singer Bobby Vinton is 89. Denmark's Queen Margrethe II is 84. Blues singer and guitarist Stefan Grossman is 79. Basketball Hall of Fame centre Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is 77.


Celebrity Birthdays for April 15: Actress Claudia Cardinale ("Son of the Pink Panther") is 86. British singer-songwriter Marty Wilde (born Reginald Smith) is 85. Author and politician Jeffrey Archer is 84. Singer-guitarist Dave Edmunds is 80.


Celebrity Birthdays for April 18: Actor Clive Revill is 94. Actor Robert Hooks is 87. Mike Vickers, saxophone player and guitarist of Manfred Mann, is 84. Music critic Robert Christgau is 82.