This Day in Showbiz History… February 17

edsON THIS DAY IN 2021:

Singer Ed Sheeran (pictured) turns 30 today and both heiress/TV star Paris Hilton and actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt turn 40. Today also marks the birthday of South African-based British actor Malcolm Terrey, who died in 2021.

Actor Hal Holbrook, who died in January 2021, was born 96 years ago today. Denise Richards turns 50, director Michael Bay turns 56 and actress Rene Russo celebrates her 67th birthday.

Interestingly, the world’s first superhero, The Phantom, a cartoon strip by Lee Falk, made his first appearance in comics on this day in 1936.

The Giacomo Puccini opera Madama Butterfly had its premiere in Milan on this day in 1904, while Bohemian composer Franz Gotz died on this day in 1815, aged 59.

The song topping the South African Springbok Radio chart this week in 1969 was Cry To Me by local act The Staccatos. It spent three  week at No 1. Just saying…