This Day in Showbiz History… August 12

Musician Mark Knopfler (pictured), of Dire Straits, turns 68 today, while ever-tanned actor George Hamilton turns 78 and actress Angela Bassett turns 59. Also celebrating today is Oscar-winner Casey Affleck, who turns 42. Peter Krause, who played Nate in TV’s Six Feet Under, turns 52.

Legendary actress Lauren Bacall died, aged 89, on this day in 2014. Henry Fonda died on this day in 1982, and Loretta Young passed away on this day in 2000.

This day in 1988 marked the release of the controversial film, The Last Temptation of Christ, while this day in 1927 marked the opening of Wings, the only silent movie ever to win the Oscar for Best Picture. It starred Clara Bow.

Irene Cara rose to the top of the South African singles chart on this day in 1983, with Flashdance (What a Feeling). It remained at No1 for two weeks. Just saying..