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Today in entertainment history: March 19

Today in entertainment history: March 19

A PLACE TO CALL HOME: Elvis Presley bought Graceland on this day in 1957. Photo: Associated Press

1953: The Academy Awards were televised for the first time. “The Greatest Show On Earth” was named best picture. Gary Cooper won the best actor award for “High Noon.” Shirley Booth won best actress for her role in “Come Back, Little Sheba.”

1957: Elvis Presley bought Graceland.

1974: Jefferson Airplane began its first tour as Jefferson Starship.

1982: Guitarist Randy Rhoads of Ozzy Osbourne’s band was killed in a freak plane crash in Leesburg, Florida. He was 25. The plane was buzzing Osbourne’s tour bus and crashed into a house.

2000: A batch of Oscars were found in a trash can in Los Angeles, a week after they had been stolen from a loading dock.

Today’s Birthdays: Jazz musician Ornette Coleman is 84. Actress Renee Taylor (“The Nanny”) is 81. Actress Phyllis Newman is 81. Actress Ursula Andress is 78. Singer Clarence “Frogman” Henry is 77. Singer Ruth Pointer of the Pointer Sisters is 68. Actress Glenn Close is 67. Film producer Harvey Weinstein is 62. Actor Bruce Willis is 59. Actress Mary Scheer (“iCarly,” ”MadTV”) is 51. Guitarist-keyboardist Gert Bettens of K’s Choice is 44. Rapper Bun B of UGK is 41. Drummer Zach Lind of Jimmy Eat World is 38. Actress Abby Brammell is 35. Actor Craig Lamar Traylor (“Malcolm in the Middle”) is 25. Actor Philip Bolden is 19.

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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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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.