This Day in Showbiz History… May 16


Janet Jackson (pictured) turns 55 today, while Terms of Endearment actress Debra Winger turns 66, Pierce Brosnan turns 68 and Erik Estrada, of TV’s CHiPs, turns 72. Tori Spelling turns 48, Megan Fox turns 35 and Mare Winningham turns 62.

Celebrated South African playwright Ronnie Govender was born on this day in 1934 and died, aged 86, on April 29, 2021.

Ethel Merman starred in the title role in Annie Get Your Gun, which premiered on Broadway on this day in 1946, while Liberace was born on this day in 1919 (the flamboyant pianist died of Aids in died in 1987).

On this day in 1947, the great Billie Holiday was arrested in her New York home for possession of narcotics.

Topping the South African singles chart on this day in 1986 was Rock Me Amadeus by Falco. It spent nine consecutive weeks at No 1. Just saying…