1959: The Lorraine Hansberry drama “A Raisin in the Sun,” starring Ruby Dee and Sidney Poitier, opened on Broadway.
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.
1993: ctress Elizabeth Taylor received a lifetime achievement award from the American Film Institute.
1997: Queen Elizabeth knighted Paul McCartney.
Today’s Birthdays: Media mogul Rupert Murdoch is 85. Musician Flaco Jimenez is 77. Actress Tricia O’Neil is 71. Actor Mark Metcalf is 70. Rock singer-musician Mark Stein (Vanilla Fudge) is 69. Singer Bobby McFerrin is 66. Movie director Jerry Zucker is 66. Actress Susan Richardson is 64. Recording executive Jimmy Iovine is 63. Singer Nina Hagen is 61. Country singer Jimmy Fortune (The Statler Brothers) is 61. Singer Cheryl Lynn is 59. Actor Elias Koteas is 55. Actor-director Peter Berg is 54. Actor Jeffrey Nordling is 54. Actress Alex Kingston is 53. Country musician David Talbot is 53. Actor Wallace Langham is 51. Actor John Barrowman is 49. Singer Lisa Loeb is 48. Neo-soul musician Al Gamble (St. Paul & the Broken Bones) is 47. Singer Pete Droge is 47. Actor Terrence Howard is 47. Rock musician Rami Jaffee is 47. Actor Johnny Knoxville is 45. Rock singer-musicians Joel and Benji Madden (Good Charlotte; The Madden Brothers) are 37. Actor David Anders is 35. Singer LeToya is 35. Actress Thora Birch is 34. TV personality Melissa Rycroft is 33. Actor Rob Brown is 32. Actor Anton Yelchin is 27.