On this day in history as it relates to showbiz...
190 BC Marucs Arelius, the Emperor of Rome, dies. Was he assassinated? That's the suspicion in most Hollywood accounts. He's been played by Alec Guiness (The Fall of the Roman Empire) and Richard Harris (Gladiator)
1906 Character actor of big and small screen Michael O'Shea, who later married Virginia Mayo, is born...
1908 Brigitte Helm is born in Berlin. She claims. Other sources say she was born two years earlier. Regardless age means nothing when you achieve screen immortality as she did with her her dual role in Fritz Lang's classic Metropolis (1927)
1919 'Unforgettable' Nat King Cole, singer and sometime actor, is born in Alabama
1925 Italian movie star Gabriele Ferzetti born. His classics include L'Avventura, Once Upon a Time in the West, and The Wayward Wife
1938 Rudolf Nureyev born in Russia. Goes on to become of the world's greatest dancers and later starred in Ken Russell's biopic of the silent film giant Valentino (1977) and became the subject of many documentaries himself
1944 Charlton Heston marries Lydia Clarke when he is only 21 and not yet famous. They stay together until his death
1949 Dallas and Man from Atlantis star Patrick Duffy born
1951 Kurt Russell is born in Springfield Massachusetts. He'll be famous within twelve years time and will remain so. Curiously he's never won a major showbiz award - he was sadly snubbed by Oscar for Silkwood (1983) after his sole Golden Globe nomination
1954 Future TV star Lesley-Anne Down is born: Upstairs/Downstairs in the 70s, North and South in the 80s, and several daytime soaps since the 1990s
1956 Lucille Ball wins her second of two Emmys for TV classic I Love Lucy at the 8th Annual Emmy Awards
1960 The seminal French New Wave classic Breathless is released in France. Have you seen it? It's so great
1961 The Absent Minded Professor with Fred MacMurray was new in theaters
1964 Rob Lowe is born
1989 the forgotten movie Rooftops opens in theaters. It was the last theatrical feature from the great director Robert Wise (West Side Story, Sound of Music, etcetera)
1991 The 1990 BAFTAs are held. Goodfellas takes Best Picture but the very next week it will lose the Oscar to Dances With Wolves.
1992 John Boyega (Attack the Block, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) is born in London
1995 Adoptive mom Jessica Lange and former crack addict Halle Berry battle it out in court for custody of a child in Losing Isaiah, new in movie theaters. I never saw that one. You?
1997 Andrew Melendez is murdered by fellow NYC club kid Michael Alig. Wilson Cruz and MacAuley Culkin played these roles in the feature Party Monster six years later
2006 A memorable weekend at the movies as the comedy She's the Man, the genre hit V For Vendetta, and Jason Reitman's debut Thank You for Smoking all open
2017 Disney's Beauty and the Beast remake and the super long in coming sequel to Trainspotting arrive in theaters today
Which of these events will you feel festive about today? Or will St Patrick's Day festivities do it for you?