This Day in Showbiz History… May 6


Actor George Clooney (pictured) turns 62 today and singer Bob Segar turns 78. Also born on this day was Orson Welles, who died, aged 70, in 1985.

Robert Sean Leonard, Vanessa Redgrave and Brian Dennehy teamed in a Broadway revival of Long Day’s Journey Into Night, a play by Eugene O’Neill, which opened in New York on this day in 2003. It took Tony Awards for Best Revival and Best Actress in a Play (Redgrave).

On this day in 1997, both Michael Jackson and the Bee Gees were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, while Beatles at Hollywood Bowl, by The Beatles, was released in the UK on this day in 1977.

It was on this day in 2016 that Billy Elliot: The Musical closed at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre after an 11-year run. The musical had had 4600 performances, during which it was seen by more than 5.25 million people, reports Playbill.

Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait set fire to the couch on American TV’s Tonight Show on this day in 1994.