This Day in Showbiz History… February 20

riSinger Rihanna (pictured) turns 29 today, while actor Sidney Poitier turns 90 and model Cindy Crawford turns 51. Also celebrating birthdays today are actress Brenda Blethyn (71) and actress Lily Taylor (50).

Locally, Durban guitar wizard Nibs van der Spuy turns 51 today, while also celebrating birthdays are award-winning local stage actress Jessica Sole and Durban-based funnyman-singer Danny Fisher.

It was on this day in 1944 that the Batman and Robin comic strips first started appearing in newspapers, and on this day in 1968 that John Cleese married Connie Booth, who played Polly in the hit Fawlty Towers TV series.

Playbill reports that it was on this day in 2014 that the musical version of the Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood film success, Bridges of Madison County, opened on Broadway. It ran for only 100 performances, but won a Tony Award for orchestrations and score.

The song topping the South African Springbok Radio chart this week in 1976 was Darlin’ by American David Cassidy. It spent four weeks at No 1. Just saying…