This Day in Showbiz History… March 11


It was on this day in 1964 that Sidney Poitier (pictured) took a Golden Globe Award for his performance in  Lilies of the Field, while The Cardinal took the statuette for best film.

On this day in 1997, the ashes of Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry, were launched into space.

Bobby McFerrin, who gave us the hit Don’t Worry, Be Happy, turns 73 today, while actor Johnny Knoxville turns 52 and actress Thora Birch turns 41. Flamboyant singer Nina Hagen turns 68 and actor Terrence Howard turns 54.

The 12th Grammy Awards were held on this day in 1970, when Crosby, Stills and Nash were named best new artist, the Record of the Year award went to The 5th Dimension and Aquarius, and the Album of the year statuette went to the eponymous album by Blood, Sweat and Tears.

On this day in 1981, Shaddap Your Face by Joe Dolce was enjoying the first of nine weeks atop South Africa’s Springbok Radio chart. Just saying…