This Day in Showbiz History… March 24


Elvis Presley (pictured) joined the US Army on this day in 1958, while exactly 20 years after that, to the day, Paul McCartney and his band Wings released the single With a Little Luck.

On this day in 1941, Glenn Miller began work on his first movie for 20th Century Fox, while on this day in 1933, the Tennessee Williams play, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, opened on Broadway for 694 performances.

On this day in 1949, at the 21st Oscars ceremony, Laurence Olivier took the Best Actor award for Hamlet, a film that also received the statuette for Best Picture.

South African comedian Joe Parker turns 72 today, while both actress Kelly LeBrock and singer Nena (of 99 Red Balloons fame) turn 62 today, and actress Lake Bell turns 43. Actress Lara Flynn Boyle turns 52 today and actress Jessica Chastain turns 45. This day also marks the birthday of actor Steve McQueen who passed away, aged 50, in 1980.

On this day in 1972,  Softly Whispering I Love You by The Congregation  rose to the top of the Springbok Radio chart, where it remained for two weeks. Just saying…