On This Day in Showbiz History… January 26

sinatraaON THIS DAY IN 2021:

On this day in 1974, The Exorcist took the Academy Award for best picture, the first and only horror film to do so, while on this day in 1980 some 175 000 people paid to hear Frank Sinatra (pictured) sing in Rio de Janeiro.

Ellen DeGeneres turns 63 today and rocker Eddie van Halen, who died of a stroke in October 2020, would have turned 66 today. Others having birthdays today include actor Scott Glenn (82) and David Straitham (72). And, had he not died, aged 83, in 2008, Paul Newman would have turned 96 today.

This day in 1988 – 33 years ago – marked the opening on Broadway of the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic, Phantom of the Opera, with Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman in the lead roles. And this day in 1996 marked the off-Broadway opening of the musical Rent which then went to Broadway and won awards.

The song Innuendo by Queen was Britain’s top-selling song on this day in 1991. Just saying…