This Day in Showbiz History… March 23

Elizabeth Taylor (pictured) died on this day in 2011 (aged 79), while today also marks the birthday of singer Chaka Khan (64), actress Amanda Plummer (60) and actress Kerri Russell (41).

Actress Catherine Keener turns 58 today and Blur frontman Damon Albarn will have 49 candles on his birthday cake.

Titanic took the Oscar for Best Picture on this day in 1988, at the 70th Academy Awards, where Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt also took golden statuettes for their performances in As Good As It Gets. Still with movies, Striptease took the Golden Raspberry award for worst movie in this day in 1997.

On this day in 1985, singer-songwriter Billy Joel wed model Christie Brinkley and on this day in 1743, the George Frideric Handel oratorio, Messiah, premiered in London.

On this day in 1979, Le Freak  by Chic rose to the top of the Springbok Radio chart, where it remained for two weeks. Just saying…