This Day in Showbiz History… July 1


On this day in 1967, the musical Funny Girl, starring Barbra Streisand (pictured), closed on Broadway after 1 348 performances at the Winter Garden Theatre.

Streisand also starred in the 1968 film version, winning an Oscar for her debut role. Streisand tied for the Best Actress Oscar with Katharine Hepburn, for her performance in The Lion in Winter. It marked the first and only time there has been a tie in this category.

July 1 marks a special day for The Beatles – on this day in 1963 the group recorded She Loves You, and in 1967, on this day, the band’s eighth collection, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, went to the top of the UK charts, remaining there for 15 weeks. The album, re-released in May this year, is again in world charts.

On this day in 2013, Canadian singer Avril Lavigne, then 28, married singer Chad Kroeger, 10 years her senior, in a castle in France.’ Singer Missy Elliot turns 50 today while actor Dan Aykroyd turns 69.

Aussie singer John Paul Young rose to the top of the South African singles chart on this day in 1977, with Yesterday’s Hero, his second and last No 1. His first chart-topper was I Hate the Music. Just saying…