This Day in Showbiz History… December 5


Topping the UK singles chart on this day in 1999 was Millennium Prayer by Cliff Richard (pictured), which spent three weeks at No 1. It was his 14th and last No 1 hit, and came 40 years after his first No 1 in the UK.

US actress Kirstie Alley died, after a short battle with cancer, on this day in 2022. She was 71. Alley’s breakout role was in TV’s Cheers (1987 to 1993) and she was also noted for her roles in the Look Who’s Talking movies and in the sitcom Veronica’s Closet.

Today marks the day of the birth of Walt Disney, Fritz Lang, JJ Cale, Samuel L Jackson and Little Richard, and it marks nine years to the day that Nelson Mandela died. Others who left us on December 5 include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Dave Brubeck.

On this day in 2010, it is reported, a single glove worn by Michael Jackson on his Bad tour sold for some $330 000 at auction, while a jacket worn by the star fetched $96 000 and a fedora went for $72 000.

Still on the music scene, this day in 1973 saw the US release of Band on the Run (pictured), the third studio album by Paul McCartney and Wings. It went on to sell 6 million copies and, reports Wikipedia, became EMI’s top-selling album of the 1970s in the UK.

Still in the UK… on the TV scene, this day, in 1974, marked the BBC’s showing of the final episode of the iconic Monty Python’s Flying Circus series. Just saying…