This Day in Showbiz History… March 7


American comedienne Wanda Sykes (pictured) turns 59 today, while late actor John Heard, who died in 2017, would have turned 77. Actress Rachel Weisz turns 53. Also note that movie director Stanley Kubrick died on this day in 1999, aged 70.

On this day in 1968, the BBC broadcast the news in colour on television for the first time, while in the US, on this day in 1655, Mary Martin (mother of Dallas star Larry Hagman) appeared on television in the title role in Peter Pan.

The Beatles made their broadcasting debut on the BBC radio on this day in 1962, and

On this day in 1987, The Final Countdown by Europe climbed to the top of South Africa’s Springbok Radio chart, where it remained for five weeks. Just saying…