On This Day in Showbiz History… April 4

Local musician Hugh Masekela (pictured) turns 78 today, actor Robert Downey Jnr  turns 52 and Jeremy Irvine, star of the Steven Spielberg film, War Horse, turns 27. Durban musician Calli Thomson and Durban theatre personality Rowan Bartlett also celebrate birthdays today.

Aussie actor Hugo Weaving turns 57 and US singer-actress Jill Scott turns 45. Both Psycho star Anthony Perkins, who died in 1992, and Brokeback Mountain star Heath Ledger, who died in 2008,were also born on this day. Musician Muddy Waters, who died in 1983, was also born on April 4.

On this day in 1960, at the 32nd Oscars ceremony, Ben-Hur took a record 11 statuettes, including that for Best Picture.

It was on this day in 2008 that singer-actress Beyonce married rapper Jay-Z, who is 13 years her senior.

On this day in 1986, When the Going Gets Tough by Billy Ocean was enjoying the first of its six weeks topping the Springbok Radio chart. Just saying…