This Day in Showbiz History… October 23


Actor Ryan Reynolds (pictured) and British TV presenter Cat Deely, host of So You Think You Can Dance, both turn 45 today, while film director Ang Lee turns 67 and director Sam Raimi turns 62. Weird Al Yankovic, who released a string of novelty hits, turns 61 today.

This day in 1950 marked the death of American-Lithuanian singer and silent screen star Al Jolson, famous for starring in the first ‘talking picture’, The Jazz Singer, and for the hit songs Mammy and Swanee.

This day in 2010 marked the wedding, in Northern India, of pop star Katy Perry, then 25, and actor-comic Russell Brand, 10 years her senior.

At the top of the UK singles chart on this day in 2000 was Beautiful Day by U2. The Irish band’s fourth No hit, it spent one week at No 1. Just saying…