This Day in Showbiz History… January 24

neildSinger Neil Diamond (pictured) turns 75 today, while actor Ed Helms turns 42 today, comic singer Ray Stevens turns 77, actress Julia Dreyfus turns 50 and actor Matthew Lillard turns 46.

Singer Aaron Neville turns 75, pianist and TV host Jules Holland turns 58.

On the film scene, it was on this day in 1927 that the great Alfred Hitchcock released his first movie as a director – The Pleasure Garden – in England. Also, on this day in 1976, at the 33rd Golden Globe Awards, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest took the award for best drama, and Jack Nicholson and Ellen Burstyn took the acting statuettes for their roles in the same film.

On Broadway, on this day in 2010, Liev Schrieber and Scarlett Johansson teamed in the Gregory Mosher revival of the Arthur Miller play, A View From the Bridge. It centred on a Brooklyn longshoreman who loves his teenage niece a little too much.

On this day in 1994, the British singles chart was topped by Things Can Only Get Better by D:Ream. It was actually a reissued single… the song was used by New Labour in their 1997 campaign, and hit the Top 20 again. Just saying…