On This Day in Showbiz History… January 23

teeIt was on this day in 1977 that the acclaimed mini-series, Roots, debuted on America’s ABC network, while this day in 1983 marked the premiere of The A-Team – starring Mr T, pictured – on the NBC network in the US.

At the 45th Golden Globe Awards held on this day, in 1988, The Last Emperor took the award for best drama while at the same awards, on this day in 2000, the top award went to American Beauty.

On the music scene, Duke Ellington played Carnegie Hall in New York City for the first time on this day in 1943.

TV’s MacGyver, Richard Dean Anderson, turns 67 today, while Cheap Trick lead vocalist Robert Zander celebrates his 64th birthday and actor Rutger Hauer turns 73. Actor Ewen Bremner turns 45,

This day in 1970 saw Pretty Belinda by Chris Andrews reach the top of South Africa’s Springbok Radio Top 20, where it remained for five weeks.

Just saying…