This Day in Showbiz History… January 4


It was on this day in 1936 that Billboard magazine published its first music hit parade, while on this day in 2004 US pop star Britney Spears (pictured) annulled her surprise Las Vegas marriage to childhood pal Jason Alexander – less than 55 hours after they were hitched at the Little White Wedding Chapel.

Michael Stipe, vocalist with REM, turns 57 today, while actress Julia Ormond turns 52. Also born on this day was actor Sterling Holloway (1905 to 1992), who is perhaps best known for the voice of Kaa the Snake  in the Walt Disney classic, The Jungle Book, and as Pooh in Disney’s Winnie the Pooh.

On this day in 1965 writer T S Eliot died in London at the age of 77.

Playbill reports that in this day in 2014, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, a musical with music by Bono and The Edge of Irish band U2, ended its Broadway run after 1 066 performances.

The production broke Broadway records for longest preview period (182 performances) and for most expensive musical (it cost $75 million).

On this day in 1980, South Africa’s Springbok Radio chart was topped by the Barbra Streisand hit, Woman in Love, which enjoyed eight weeks at No 1. Just saying…