This Day in Showbiz History… March 12

Academy Award-winner Liza Minnelli (pictured here as Sally Bowles in a scene from the 1972 Bob Fosse hit, Cabaret) turns 71 today, while actor Aaron Eckhart turns 49 and singer-songwriter James Taylor turns 69.

British singer Pete Doherty, frontman with The Libertines, turns 38 today while Law and Order actor Courtney B Vance turns 57 and Iron Maiden member Steve Harris turns 61.

On this day in 1987, the acclaimed musical Les Miserables opened on Broadway, with Colm Wilkinson and Terrence Mann in the lead roles of arch rivals. The production ran for  6 680 performances, and for a time became the second longest-running show in Broadway history,  reports Playbill.

On this day in1970, Venus by Shocking Blue was enjoying the first of its three weeks atop South Africa’s Springbok Radio chart. Just saying…