This Day in Showbiz History… October 8

Hit-maker Bruno Mars (pictured) turns 32 today, while Aussie actor Paul Hogan (of the Crocodile Dundee films) turns 78 and actress Sigourney Weaver turns 68. Comedian Chevy Chase turns 74 today.

Also celebrating birthdays today is Oscar-winner Matt Damon (37), while Johnny Ramone of the band Ramones was also born on this day. He died, aged 55, in 2004.

It was on this day in 1936 that John Gielgud filled the title role in Hamlet, which opened at the Empire Theatre on Broadway. Lillian Gish played Ophelia. Also, on this day in 1979, Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller teamed for the burlesque-style Broadway revue, Sugar Baby, which ran for 1 208 performances.

Topping the South African singles chart on this day in 1971 was You by Peter Maffay. It spent two weeks at No 1. Just saying…