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1974: Cher and Sonny Bono were divorced: After ten years of marriage the show business duo called it a day after Cher was granted a divorce. She had pursued a solo career and the relationship, which at one point was thought to be rock-solid, didn't last.

In February 1974 Sonny Bono filed for legal separation, but just a week later Cher filed for divorce. The couple had first met in 1962 and in 1964 they recorded their first duets. The same year they also had an informal wedding in Tijuana. In 1965 they recorded their biggest hit I Got You Babe and they topped the charts in both the US and the UK. In 1966 Cher started her solo career with the single Bang Bang.

Two years later the pilot of The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour was aired and Cher also had another solo hit with Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves.

After the divorce Cher continued her acting and singing career, Bono worked as an actor until 1988 when he was voted mayor of Palm Springs, California, and was later elected to the House of Representatives. He died in a skiing accident in 1998.

Also on this day: 1945: Delegates signed theWorld Security Charter, the basis for the United Nations; 1963: President Kennedy made his famous 'Ich bin ein Berliner' speech; 1979: Muhammed Ali announced his retirement from boxing.
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