This Day in Showbiz History… October 20


Musician Tom Petty (pictured), who died on October 2, 2017, would have turned 72 today, while John Hillerman, who played the po-faced Higgins in TV’s Magnum PI, and died in 2017, would have turned 89.

Others celebrating birthdays today are musician Snoop Dogg (51), actor Viggo Mortensen (64) and former American Idol winner David Cook (40). South African model Candice Swanepoel turns 34 and Trainspotting director Danny Boyle turns 66.

Actor Burt Lancaster died on this day in 1994, aged 80, while designer Oscar de la Renta died on this day in 2014, aged 82.

It was on this day in 1973 that Canadian actor William Shatner (Captain Kirk in the original Star Wars series) married Marcy Lafferty.

At the top of the UK singles chart on this day in 1978 was Summer Nights, from the hit film Grease, by John Travolta and Olivia Newton John. It spent seven weeks at No 1. Just saying…