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This weekend in entertainment history

This weekend in entertainment history

'RAIN MAN:' The principals of this years' best film, from left, Mark Johnson, Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise and Barry Levinson are all smiles as they display their "Oscars" in Los Angeles, March 29, 1989 after "Rain Man" was named best film. This was the 61st Annual Academy Awards. Photo: Associated Press

MARCH 28

1964: Madame Tussaud’s in London announced that The Beatles would become the first pop stars to be cast in wax.

1990: Comedian Richard Pryor was discharged from an Australian hospital after being treated for a mild heart attack.

1995: Julia Roberts and Lyle Lovett announced they were separating after 21 months of marriage.

1996: Phil Collins announced he was leaving Genesis.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Conchata Ferrell is 72. Actor Ken Howard is 71. Actress Dianne Wiest is 69. Country singer Reba McEntire is 60. Rapper Salt of Salt-N-Pepa is 49. Country singer Rodney Atkins is 46. Actor Vince Vaughn is 45. Rapper Mr. Cheeks of Lost Boyz is 44. Actor Ken L. (“The Parkers”) is 42. Singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson is 42. Guitarist Dave Keuning of The Killers is 39. Actress Julia Stiles is 34. Singer Lady Gaga is 29.


MARCH 29

1962: Jack Paar hosted NBC’s “Tonight” show for the last time. Johnny Carson began his stint as host in October.

1977: “Rocky” won the Academy Award for best picture. “Evergreen,” the love theme from “A Star Is Born,” won the best original song award.

1979: Eric Clapton married Patti Boyd, the ex-wife of his friend, George Harrison. They separated in 1986.

1989: “Rain Man” won four Academy Awards, including best picture and the best actor award for Dustin Hoffman.

2000: ‘N Sync’s album “No Strings Attached” sold 2.4 million copies its first week out. It set an all-time record for first-week sales.

2010: Ricky Martin announced on Twitter he is gay.

Today’s Birthdays: Host John McLaughlin (“The McLaughlin Group”) is 88. Comedian Eric Idle is 72. Composer Vangelis (“Chariots of Fire”) is 72. Singer Bobby Kimball of Toto is 68. Actor Bud Cort (“Harold and Maude”) is 67. Actor Brendan Gleeson (“Harry Potter”) is 60. Actress Marina Sirtis (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”) is 60. Actor Christopher Lambert (“Highlander”) is 58. Singer Perry Farrell of Porno for Pyros and Jane’s Addiction is 56. Comedian Amy Sedaris is 54. Model Elle Macpherson is 52. Singer-harmonica player John Popper of Blues Traveler is 48. Actress Lucy Lawless (“Xena: Warrior Princess”) is 47. Country singer Regina Leigh of Regina Regina is 47. Country singer Brady Seals is 46.

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Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned

FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2014, file photo, Amanda Knox prepares to leave the set following a television interview in New York. Knox is engaged to Colin Sutherland, a musician who recently moved to Seattle from New York, a person close to the Knox family confirmed for The Associated Press. Knox’s murder conviction in the 2007 stabbing of her roommate has been reinstated by an Italian court, but the former college exchange student maintains her innocence and vows she won’t willingly go back to Italy. Both Knox and Sutherland are 27. No wedding date had been set.

Italy's highest court has overturned the murder conviction against Amanda Knox, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case.

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Time for Iran to make tough decisions in nuclear talks

In this March 26, 2015, photo, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, center, leaves a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other U.S. officials at a hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland. U.S. and Iranian diplomats gather at a Baroque palace in Europe, a historic nuclear agreement within reach. Over Iraq’s deserts, their militaries fight a common foe. Leaders in Washington and Tehran, capitals once a million miles from each other in ideological terms, wrestle for the first time in decades with the notion of a rapprochement.

Six world powers and Iran move closer to a deal, but there are still major disagreements.

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A look at some of the week's biggest headlines and the stories you may have missed.

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Celebrities protest new Indiana law

George Takei poses for a portrait at Quaker Good Energy Lodge with GenArt and the Collective , during the Sundance Film Festival, on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 in Park City, Utah.

Celebrities call for an Indiana boycott after the passing of a controversial law that could lead to discrimination against gay couples.

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Senate’s Harry Reid will not seek re-election

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. adjusts his glasses as he speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 24, 2015, following a policy luncheon. Reid is wearing special glasses as part of his recovery from injuries suffered in an exercise accident in January.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid says that it would be "inappropriate" for him to seek re-election.