On This Day in Showbiz History… January 27

elvessOn this day, in 1956, Elvis Presley (pictured) released his classic Heartbreak Hotel single, while Charlie Sheen divorced model Donna Peele on this day in 1997 – after just under five months of marriage.

Actress Rosamund Pike turns 38 today, Alan Cumming turns 52, Bridget Fonda turns 53 and James Cromwell (the farmer in the film Babe) turns 77.

On TV, the sitcom Laverne & Shirley, a spinoff from Happy Days, premiered on the ABC network on America, while at the 36th Golden Globe Awards, on this day in 1979, the award for best drama went to Midnight Express.

On the classical music scene, composer Giuseppe Verdi died on this day in 1901 while today, in 1756, marked the birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

The Albert Hammond hit, The Peacemaker, was crowning the South African Springbok Radio Top 20 singles chart on this day in 1974. It spent six weeks in the top spot. Just saying…