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2/18:     On thisday, 1987, Bon Jovi were at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Livin' On A Prayer', it made No.4 in the UK.

ALSO on this day:

1929- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the winners of the first Academy Awards. The actual awards weren’t given out until May 16, 1929. Best Picture honors went to Wings, the World War I drama directed by William Wellman.

1953- Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz signed a contract worth $8 million to continue I Love Lucy through 1955. The deal was the richest contract in television at that time.

1993- A week after Michael Jackson told Oprah that he suffered from a disease (vitiligo) that caused a loss of skin pigmentation, Israeli tourism officials invited him to soak in the Dead Sea to help his condition.

1996- Sting ripped Michael Jackson in an interview with a London newspaper. He called Jackson's "Earth Song" a "pile of crap" and accused the pop singer of behaving as if he were God. DJ D.T. also blasted the song, saying the melody was so bad it gave him acid indigestion. Fastforward 14 years and the Grammys paid tribute to MJ with "Earth Song."

1999- George Clooney made his last appearance on ER.

2001- Actress and comedian Kathy Griffin married computer administrator Matthew Moline at a Hollywood restaurant. Brooke Shields was her maid of honor and guests included Bill Maher, Jane Krakowski and Camryn Manheim. The marriage didn’t last, though. They divorced in 2006.

2001- James Taylor married longtime girlfriend Caroline "Kim" Smedvig at a Boston church during a small ceremony. They’re still married.

2006- Character actor Richard Bright (The Godfather) was struck and killed by a bus in New York; he was 68.