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March 11, 2014 07:08 GMT
On March 11th, 1959, the Lorraine Hansberry drama "A Raisin in the Sun," starring Ruby Dee and Sidney Poitier, opened on Broadway.
In 1968, Otis Redding was awarded a gold record for the single "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" three months after his death. A year later, the song won two Grammy Awards.
In 1970, "Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine In" by the Fifth Dimension was named Record of the Year at the Grammys. The self-titled album by Blood, Sweat and Tears was named Album of the Year. Crosby, Stills and Nash won the Best New Artist Grammy.
In 1993, actress Elizabeth Taylor received a lifetime achievement award from the American Film Institute.
In 1997, Queen Elizabeth knighted Paul McCartney.
Today's Birthdays: News correspondent Sam Donaldson is 80. Accordionist Flaco Jimenez (FLAH'-koh hee-MEN'-ez) of the Texas Tornadoes is 75. Actor Mark Metcalf ("Animal House") is 68. Singer-keyboardist Mark Stein of Vanilla Fudge is 67. Singer Bobby McFerrin is 64. Actress Susan Richardson ("Eight is Enough") is 62. Interscope Records head Jimmy Iovine (eye-VEEN') is 61. Country singer Jimmy Fortune of the Statler Brothers is 59. Singer Nina Hagen is 59. Singer Cheryl Lynn is 57. Actor Jeffrey Nordling ("24") is 52. Actress Alex Kingston ("ER") is 51. Actor Wallace Langham ("C.S.I.," "Veronica's Closet") is 49. Singer Lisa Loeb is 46. Singer Pete Droge is 45. Actor Terrence Howard ("Crash," "Hustle and Flow") is 45. Keyboardist Rami Jaffee (The Wallflowers) is 45. Actor Johnny Knoxville is 43. Singers Benji and Joel Madden of Good Charlotte are 35. Actor David Anders ("The Vampire Diaries," "Alias") is 33. Singer LeToya Luckett (Destiny's Child) is 33. Actress Thora Birch ("Ghost World," "American Beauty") is 32. TV personality Melissa Rycroft is 31. Actor Rob Brown is 30. Actor Anton Yelchin is 25.