This Day in Showbiz History… April 2

In 1971, on this day, the television sci-fi soapie series, Dark Shadows – which inspired a more recent film version starring Johnny Depp (pictured) – ended a five-year run on US television.

On this day in 1968, the Stanley Kubrick classic, 2001: A Space Odyssey,  premiered in Washington, while on this day in 1902, the first full-time cinema in America, Electric Theatre,  opened in Los Angeles.

At the 46th Oscars ceremony, on this day in 1974, The Sting took the statuette for Best Picture, while Jack Lemmon took the lead actor award for his role in Save the Tiger, and Glenda Jackson took the lead actress award for her performance in A Touch of Class.

Today’s celeb birthdays? Musician Leon Russell turns 75, actress Linda Hunt turns 72 and actor Michael Fassbender turns 40.

On this day in 1971, A Summer Prayer For Peace by The Archies was in the first of its four weeks topping the Springbok Radio chart. Just saying…