In 2007, Sammy Sosa of the Texas Rangers became the fifth major leaguer to hit 600 career home runs.
One year ago: Lightning began sparking more than 2,000 fires across northern and central California, eventually burning over a million acres. Today's Birthdays: Actress Olympia Dukakis is 78. Actor Martin Landau is 78. Actor James Tolkan is 78. Actor Danny Aiello is 76. Blues musician Lazy Lester is 76. Actor John Mahoney is 69. Movie director Stephen Frears is 68. Singer-songwriter Brian Wilson is 67. Actor John McCook is 64. Singer Anne Murray is 64. TV personality Bob Vila is 63. Musician Andre Watts is 63. Actress Candy Clark is 62. Producer Tina Sinatra is 61. R&B Lionel Richie is 60. Actor John Goodman is 57. Rock musician Michael Anthony is 55. Pop musician John Taylor is 49. Rock musician Mark DeGliantoni is 47. Rock musician Murphy Karges (Sugar Ray) is 42. Actress Nicole Kidman is 42. Country/bluegrass singer-musician Dan Tyminski is 42. Movie director Robert Rodriguez is 41. Actor Peter Paige is 40. Today In Entertainment History -- One hundred years ago, in 1909, actor Errol Flynn was born in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. In 1948, the TV variety show "Toast of the Town" premiered. It later changed its name to the "Ed Sullivan Show." Abbott and Costello's "Who's On First" routine was first seen in the film "Naughty 90's." In 1975, the movie "Jaws" was released. In 1977, Steve Winwood released his first solo album, called "Steve Winwood."
In 1980, "It's Still Rock and Roll To Me" became Billy Joel's first number-one hit. In 1996, the first Furthur Festival kicked off in Atlanta. It was the first time the members of the Grateful Dead toured together since the death of singer Jerry Garcia. On a lighter note, on that same day, Paul Anka ended a Las Vegas concert early after he spit the crown of his tooth into the audience. He later sued his dentist for malpractice. In 1997, singer Lawrence Payton of the Four Tops died of liver cancer in Detroit. He was 59. Thought for Today: "Love your enemy — it'll drive him nuts." — Anonymous.