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Celebrity Birthdays for Oct. 1: Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is 99. Actress-singer Julie Andrews is 88. Saxophonist Jerry Martini of Sly and the Family Stone is 80. Barbara Parritt of the '60s girl group The Toys is 79.


Today in History for Oct. 1: In 1674, Francois de Montmorency-Laval was officially named Bishop of Quebec by Pope Clement X. In 1764, civil law replaced military rule in Canada. In 1800, Spain sold Louisiana to France by a secret treaty.


Today in Music History for Oct. 1: In 1919, the famous Canadian vaudeville troupe, "The Dumbells," gave their first Canadian performance in London, Ont., in a musical review called "Biff, Bang, Bing.


Celebrity Birthdays for Sept. 30: Actress Angie Dickinson is 92. Singer Cissy Houston is 90. Singer Johnny Mathis is 88. Actor Len Cariou ("The Four Seasons") is 84. Singer Marilyn McCoo is 80. Singer Sylvia Peterson of The Chiffons is 77.


Today in History for Sept. 30: On this date: In 1399, King Henry IV ascended the throne of England. He had usurped the crown from Richard II, beginning the Lancastrian dynasty and planting the seeds of the "Wars of the Roses.


Today in Music History for Sept. 30: In 1791, Mozart's last opera, "The Magic Flute," was performed for the first time in Vienna. In 1935, singer Johnny Mathis was born in San Francisco.


Celebrity Birthdays for Oct. 5: Actress Glynis Johns ("Mary Poppins") is 100. '60s country singer Margie Singleton is 88. Singer Arlene Smith of The Chantels is 82. Singer-guitarist Steve Miller is 80. Singer Brian Johnson of AC/DC is 76.


Celebrity Birthdays for Oct. 7: Author Thomas Keneally is 88. Montreal Symphony Orchestra conductor Charles Dutoit is 87. TV personality Joy Behar ("The View") is 81. Drummer Kevin Godley of 10cc is 78. Actress Jill Larson is 76.


Celebrity Birthdays for Oct. 6: British broadcaster and writer Melvyn Bragg is 84. Actress Britt Ekland is 81. Singer-guitarist Thomas McClary (The Commodores) is 74. Musician Sid McGinnis is 74. Science fiction author David Brin is 73.


Celebrity Birthdays for Oct. 4: Country singer Leroy Van Dyke is 94. Actress Felicia Farr is 91. Canadian novelist Rudy Wiebe is 89. Actress Lori Saunders (Bobbie-Jo on "Petticoat Junction") is 82. Author and humorist Roy Blount Jr.
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