This Day in Showbiz History… February 5

clare-mortimerDurban actress Clare Mortimer (pictured), award-winning star of such stage successes as Wit and A Voice I Cannot Silence, turns 44 today, while actress Charlotte Rampling  turns 71.

Oscar-winning actress Laura Linney turns 53 today, and Bobby Brown, singer and former husband of Whitney Houston, turns 48, while Beaches actress Barbara Hershey turns 60, British actor Michael Sheen turns 48 and actress Jennifer Jason-Leigh turns 55.

Glenn Miller and his orchestra recorded the classic Tuxedo Junction on this day in 1940, while on the classical music scene, on this day on 1887, the Giuseppe Verdi opera, Otello, premiered at La Scala in Italy.

The Dave Edmunds hit, I Hear You Knocking, rose to the top of South Africa’s Springbok Radio hit-parade on this day in 1978. It spent a week there. Just saying…