This Day in Showbiz History… January 18

costnerActor Kevin Costner (pictured) turns 62 today, while singer Bobby Goldsboro turns 76. Today also marks the birthday of Hollywood star Cary Grant, who died in November 1986, aged 82. Also of note is that today, in 1882, marked the birthday of A A Milne. Best known as the creator of the Winnie-the-Pooh books, he died in 1956.

On the television scene, today, in 1973, marked John Cleese’s final episode on Monty Python’s Flying Circus on BBC TV, while this day in 1974 saw the premiere, on America’s ABC network, of $6 Million Man, starring Lee Majors. Also, on this day in 1975, Jeffersons, a spinoff of the hit All in the Family, premiered on CBS in the US.

Playbill reports that on this day in 1974, choreographer and director Michael Bennett responded to an idea for a show about the lives of dancers in Broadway choruses. Bennett assembled a group of dancers, and had them discuss their experiences in an all-night session. The show that became A Chorus Line began to take shape the next day, adds Playbill.

This week in 1984 saw the Lionel Richie classic, All Night Long, topping the South African Springbok Radio singles chart, where it remained for four weeks. Just saying …