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Celebrity Birthdays for June 28: Comedian-movie director Mel Brooks is 98. Comedian-impressionist John Byner is 86. Actor Bruce Davison is 78. Actress Kathy Bates is 76. Actress Alice Krige is 70. Playwright Brad Fraser is 65.


Today in History for June 28: In 1491, King Henry VIII was born. He was married six times and died in 1547. (NOTE FOR TRIVIA BUFFS: Henry VIII was reputed to have loved beef so much he knighted it "Sir Loin.


Today in Music History for June 28: In 1914, bluegrass musician and singer Lester Flatt was born in Overton County, Tenn.


Celebrity Birthdays for June 27: Businessman Charles Bronfman is 93. Singer Bruce Johnston of the Beach Boys is 82. Composer-arranger-pianist Frank Mills is 82. Fashion designer Vera Wang is 75. Actress Julia Duffy ("Newhart") is 73.


Today in History for June 27: In 1299, in his encyclical "Scimus fili," Pope Boniface VIII claimed that Scotland owed allegiance to the Catholic Church. In 1759, British Gen. James Wolfe landed his army near Quebec City and blocked the St.


Today in Music History for June 27: In 1942, Canadian composer-arranger-pianist Frank Mills was born in Montreal.


Celebrity Birthdays for June 26: Jazz pianist Dave Grusin is 90. Actor Josef Sommer is 90. Jazz bassist Reggie Workman is 87. Singer Billy Davis Jr. of the Fifth Dimension is 86. Singer Georgie Fame is 81. Actor Clive Francis ("The Crown") is 78.


Today in History for June 26: In 1284, legend has it that the Pied Piper of Hamelin led 130 German children to their deaths after being refused his fee for charming rats and mice into a river.


Today in Music History for June 26: In 1909, Colonel Tom Parker, who managed Elvis Presley for much of his career, was born.


Celebrity Birthdays for June 25: Actress June Lockhart is 99. Singer Eddie Floyd is 87. Actress Barbara Montgomery ("Amen," ''The Women of Brewster Place") is 85. Actress Mary Beth Peil ("The Good Wife," ''Dawson's Creek") is 84.