This Day in Showbiz History… June 15

Stage and screen start Neil Patrick Harris (pictured) turns 44 today while rapper-actor Ice Cube turns 48 and actor James Belushi turns 63. Friends star Courtenay Cox turns 53 today and actor Jake Busey celebrates his 46th birthday.

This day in 2000 marked the return to Broadway, for the first time since 1982, of TV star Kelsey Grammer, in the name role in Macbeth. Scheduled for 60 performances, the play closed after 10 days. It received  what Playbill labels as “mixed to negative reviews”.

The great Ella Fitzgerald died on this day in 1996. She was born in 1917.

The song Sukiyaki, by Japanese singer Kyu Sakamoto, hit No 1 in the US on this day in 1963, while on this day in 1965 Bob Dylan recorded his classic Like a Rolling Stone.

On this day in 1989, singer-songwriter Courtney Love, then aged 24, divorced singer James Moreland after only four months of marriage.

Crowning the UK singles chart on this day in 2006 was I Wish a Was a Punk Rocker by Scottish one-hit wonder Sandi Thom, which spent a week topping the chart.

Just saying…