This Day in Showbiz History… July 31


This day in 1999 marked the wedding of Patrick Dempsey (pictured), star of TV’s ER, and make-up artist Jillian Fink. Also wed on this day, in 1940, were actress Loretta Young and advertising executive Tom Lewis.

Actor Ben Chaplin turns 53 today while actor Dean Cain turns 56, Harry Potter creator J K Rowling turns 57 and actor Wesley Snipes turns 60. Rico Rodriguez of TV’s Modern Family turns 24.

On this day in 1968, The Beatles closed their Apple Boutique clothing store and gave clothes away as they did so.

This day in 1959 saw Cliff Richard score his first No 1 hit in the UK with Living Doll. The song – written by Lionel Bart, who also wrote the musical Oliver! – emerged as the biggest-selling single of that year. Just saying…