1949: The first Emmy Awards were given for excellence in television. The first Emmy winner was Shirley Dinsdale and her puppet, Judy Splinters, for Most Outstanding Personality
1958: Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock” became the first single ever to enter the U.K. pop chart at number one.
1962: “Twistin’ the Night Away” by Sam Cooke was released.
1971: Charles Manson and three young women followers were convicted in Los Angeles of murder and conspiracy in the 1969 slayings of actress Sharon Tate and six others.
1990: Actress Ava Gardner died of pneumonia at her London home. She was 68.
1993: Michael Bolton, Boyz II Men, Garth Brooks, Mariah Carey and Reba McEntire were among the winners at the 20th annual American Music Awards.
1994: Singer Marky Mark was sued by a Portland, Maine, woman, who said she was trampled during one of his shows. She said he invited the crowd to rush the stage after he stripped down to his underwear.
2006: “Survivor” winner Richard Hatch was convicted of failing to pay taxes on his one million dollar prize. He was sentenced to 51 months in prison.
2010: “Avatar” passed “Titanic” as the highest-grossing film of all time.
Today’s Birthdays: Country singer Claude Gray is 84. Actress Leigh Taylor-Young (“Peyton Place,” “Soylent Green”) is 71. Actress Jenifer Lewis (“The Preacher’s Wife”, “The PJ’s”) is 59. Actress Dinah Manoff (“Empty Nest”) is 58. Country drummer Mike Burch of River Road is 50. Singer Kina (Brownstone) is 47. Actress Ana Ortiz (“Ugly Betty”) is 45. Drummer Joe Sirois of Mighty Mighty Bosstones is 44. Guitarist Matt Odmark of Jars of Clay is 42. Singer Alicia Keys is 35. Actor Michael Trevino (“The Vampire Diaries”) is 31. Bassist Calum Hood of 5 Seconds to Summer is 20.