This Day in Showbiz History… January 16



On this day in 1954, the musical South Pacific had its final curtain at New York’s Majestic Theatre after 1 928 performances; while on the same day 10 years later, in 1964, Hello Dolly! opened at the Big Apple’s St James Theatre, going on to enjoy 2 844 performances.

The hit television western series, Bonanza, had its 440th and final episode shown on America’s NBC network on this day in 1973.

TV’s Top Gear host, James May, turns 59 today and singer Sade (pictured) turns 64, while model Kate Moss turns 49 and Halloween director John Carpenter turns 75.

On this day in 1993, Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You (a cover of the far superior Dolly Parton classic), was topping the UK singles chart, where it enjoyed a 10-week run from December 5, 1992. It was Houston’s fourth and final No 1 hit in Britain. Just saying…