This Day in Showbiz History… December 2

Today marks the first full year of this site’s ‘This Day in Showbiz History’ column, while today sees 36 candles on the birthday cake of Britney Spears (pictured).  It also marks the 26th birthday of current hit-maker Charlie Puth, while singer Nelly Furtado turns 47.

On  this day in 1972, The Temptations chalked their final No 1 hit with Papa Was a Rolling Stone.

On Broadway, on this day in 1979, the Martin Sherman play about homosexuals in the Nazi concentration camps, Bent, opened at the New Apollo Theatre. Richard Gere starred as a gay man who was also a Jew. The cast included David Marshall Grant and David Dukes. The show ran for 241 performances.

It was also on this day, in 1982, that the great Marty Feldman, London-born, bulge-eyed comedian and star of my all-time favourite film comedy, Young Frankenstein, died at the age of 49.

The Vanilla Ice hit, Ice Ice Baby, was crowning the South African singles chart on this day in 1990. The song spent three weeks in the top spot. Just saying…