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The film The Planet of the Apes, starring Charlton Heston (pictured), had its world premiere on this day in 1968, and Taxi Driver, starring Robert De Niro, has its first screening on this day in 1976.

It was on this day in 1926 that the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio became known as Walt Disney Studios; and on this day in 1915, that the classic D W Griffith film, Birth of a Nation, the first 12-reel film to be shown in the US, had its premiere in Los Angeles

Still talking movies, this day in 1965 saw the Best Picture Oscar go to Becket, while the Best Actress statuette went to Anne Bancroft for The Miracle Worker. Bancroft died in 2005, aged 73.

Birthdays today? Nick Nolte (of TV’s Rich Man, Poor Man fame) turns 76, Oscar-winning composer John Williams turns 85, and James Dean, had he not died (aged 24) in 1955, would have turned 86.

On this day in 1981, Rod Stewart was enjoying the first of his two weeks atop the South African Springbok Radio singles chart with Passion. Just saying…