The Stylistics are scheduled to give a one-off performance today at Kitec, in Kowloon Bay. The Philadelphia quintet (they've since shrunk to four members) were one of the best-selling soul groups of the 1970s, recording 12 consecutive top 10 hits, including the Grammy-nominated You Make Me Feel Brand New, You Are Everything and I'm Stone in Love With You. In 1979, the group had a small part playing conservative army officers in the movie Hair, directed by Milos Forman …

Born in 1932, the Czech New Wave film director's mother died in Auschwitz during the second world war; when the conflict ended, Forman discovered his father was not professor Rudolf Forman, as he had thought, but Otto Kohn, a Jewish architect who had survived the Holocaust. Forman became a United States citizen in 1975, and named two of his four sons Andrew and James, after Americans: comics Andy Kaufman and Jim Carrey (Carrey portrayed Kaufman in Forman's 1999 film Man on the Moon). Two of Forman's films, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeus, won him best director Academy Awards. The latter was a biopic of Mozart …

Born Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Amadeus Gottlieb Sigismundus Mozart in 1756, the Austrian composer had penned his first 30 symphonies by the age of 18. In 1782, Mozart married Constanze Weber, having tried unsuccessfully to court her elder sister, Aloysia. His father had not been keen on the match and the couple wed one day before his consent letter arrived in the mail. Much of Mozart's music has been used to score films, including 1994 drama The Shawshank Redemption, adapted from the novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, by Stephen King …

In 1999, King was nearly killed after a minivan crashed into him, tossing the author - who had been walking near his home in the US state of Maine - into a ditch 14 feet away. King sustained a collapsed lung, broken hip, a leg broken in nine places and a huge vendetta against the driver. King called for Bryan Smith to face jail time, mocked him in The New Yorker as being like "a character out of one of my own novels" and bought his van for US$1,500, only to have it crushed at a junkyard. As well as writing horror novels, King has voiced the audiobook of Assassination Vacation, playing Abraham Lincoln …

The 16th president of the United States' term in office ended when he was assassinated in April 1865. Lincoln is perhaps less famous for having turned Thanksgiving into a national holiday in 1863, partly to celebrate victories in the bloody American civil war. In 2004, British mockumentary CSA: The Confederate States of America presented an alternate end to that conflict, in which the Confederates, not the Lincoln-led Union, won. The film was produced by Spike Lee …

The American film director, producer, writer and actor is known for controversial films touching on race relations. In May 1999, Lee got into hot water when he made an inflammatory comment about Charlton Heston, then president of the National Rifle Association. Speaking to reporters at the Cannes Film Festival, Lee was quoted as saying the NRA should be disbanded and, of Heston, someone should "shoot him with a .44 Bull Dog". In 1994, Lee directed the semi-autobiographical coming-of-age dramedy Crooklyn, the soundtrack to which featured People Make the World Go Round, by The Stylistics.