This Day in Showbiz History… April 10

It was on this day in 1970 that Paul McCartney (pictured) officially announced the split of The Beatles, while this day in 2003 marked the death of  pop singer Little Eva who, born in 1944, had a hit with The Loco-Motion.

This day in 1972, at the 44th Academy Awards, the Best Picture Oscar went to The French Connection, while Gene Hackman took the Best Actor statuette for the same film, and the Best Actress Oscar went to Jane Fonda for her performance in Klute. The Best Director Oscar went to William Friedkin for The French Connection.

The 2003 Broadway revival of the musical Nine, starring Antonio Banderas, opened on this day, and went on to win the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. It also starred Chita Rivera, Laura Benantu and Jane Krakowski.

Dixie Carter, who played Julia Sugarbaker on TV’s Designing Women, died on this day in 2010, aged 70. Her Broadway credits included Melba Snyder in Pal Joey, Maria Callas in Master Class and Mrs Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie, reports Playbill.

Birthday’s today? Former child actor Haley Joel Osment turns 29, actor Max von Sydow turns 88 and actor Steven Seagal turns 65.

On this day in 1977, Don’t Leave Me This Way by Thelma Huston was crowning South Africa’s Springbok Radio chart, where it stayed put for three weeks. Just saying…