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July 06, 2015 07:09 GMT

On July sixth, 1955, "Baby Let's Play House" became Elvis Presley's first national chart single, reaching number ten on Billboard's country chart.

In 1964, The Beatles' first film, "A Hard Day's Night," had its royal premiere at London's Pavillion Theatre. The movie opened in the U.S. the next month.

In 1965, Marty Balin and Paul Kantner formed a folk-rock group that eventually became Jefferson Airplane.

In 1971, jazz musician Louis Armstrong died in New York. He was 69.

In 1973, Queen released its first single, "Keep Yourself Alive."

In 1979, songwriter and producer Van McCoy died of a heart attack in Englewood, New Jersey. He was 35. He had worked with artists like Aretha Franklin and Jackie Wilson, and was probably best known for his instrumental hit "The Hustle."

In 1994, Vanessa Williams opened on Broadway in "Kiss of the Spider Woman."

In 1998, singing cowboy Roy Rogers died at his home in Los Angeles. He was 86.

Today's Birthdays: Actor William Schallert ("The Patty Duke Show") is 93. Actress-singer Della Reese is 84. Actor Ned Beatty is 78. Singer Gene Chandler is 75. Country singer Jeannie Seely is 75. Actor Burt Ward ("Batman") is 70. Actor Fred Dryer is 69. Actor Sylvester Stallone is 69. Actress Allyce (ah-LEES') Beasley ("Moonlighting") is 64. Actor Geoffrey Rush is 64. Actor Grant Goodeve ("Eight is Enough") is 63. Singer Nanci Griffith is 62. Actress Jennifer Saunders ("Absolutely Fabulous") is 57. Drummer John Keeble of Spandau Ballet is 56. Actor Brian Posehn ("Just Shoot Me") is 49. Rapper Inspectah Deck of Wu-Tang Clan is 45. NBC Sports correspondent and former "Good Morning America" host Josh Elliott is 44. Rapper 50 Cent is 40. Actresses Tia and Tamera (tuh-MAYR'-uh) Mowry ("Sister, Sister") are 37. Comedian Kevin Hart ("Think Like A Man") is 36. Actor Jeremy Suarez ("Bernie Mac") is 25.

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