This Day in Showbiz History… December 24


On the celeb birthday scene, Ryan Seacrest, host of American Idol, turns 48 today, while pop star Ricky Martin (pictured) turns 51, and actor Anil Kapoor turns 66.

In keeping with the festive spirit, it is of note that today, in 1818, the carol Silent Night, composed by Franz Xaver Gruber, was reportedly first sung at St Nicholas parish church in Oberndorf, Austria.

It’s also worth noting that, on this day in 1871, the Giusseppi Verdi opera,  Aida, premiered in Cairo.

On this day in 1922, the BBC broadcast its first British radio play, The Truth About Father Christmas, and on this day in 1964, shooting began on The Cage, the pilot for Star Trek.

On this day in 2000, comedy legend Victor Borge died, aged 91.

The most popular single in South Africa on this week in 1984 was I Just Called To Say I Love You by Stevie Wonder. It crowned the chart for nine weeks. Just saying…