This Day in Showbiz History…December 10


British actor-director Kenneth Branagh (pictured) turns 63 today and former TV child star Raven-Symone turns 37. On this day in 2005, comedian Richard Pryor died, aged 65, while eccentric Ed Wood, US filmmaker and director of Plan 9 from Outer Space, died of heart failure on this day in 1978. He was 54.

The author of The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling, became the first English-language writer to receive the Nobel prize for literature, on this day in 1907, while playwright George Bernard Shaw received the same award on this day in 1925.

Also on this day, in 2001, Peter Jackson’s hit film, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, premiered in London.

South Africa’s most popular song this week, in 1974, was Kung Fu Fighting by Carl Douglas. It crowned the Springbok Radio Top 20 for seven weeks. Just saying…