This Day in Showbiz History… February 17

edsSinger Ed Sheeran (pictured) turns 26 today and both heiress/TV star Paris Hilton and actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt turn 36. South African-based actor Malcolm Terrey also celebrates his birthday today.

Hal Holbrook turns 92, Denise Richards turns 46, director Michael Bay turns 52 and actress Rene Russo celebrates her 63rd 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…