On This Day in Film & TV for February 1

Events in Film & TV

  • 1887 Harvey Wilcox of Ks subdivides 120 acres he owned in Southern California & starts selling it off as a real estate development (Hollywood)

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1893 Thomas Edison completes worlds 1st movie studio at West Orange, New Jersey

Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison
  • 1918 Jerome Kern, Guy Bolton & P. G. Wodehouse's musical premieres in New York
  • 1929 "The Broadway Melody" directed by Harry Beaumont and starring Bessie Love is released. 1st film with sound to win an Oscar (Outstanding Picture 1930)
  • 1940 NBC performs the first inter-city television broadcast from its station in New York City to another in Schenectady, New York by General Electric relay antennas.
  • 1953 "General Electric Theater" premieres on CBS TV; Ronald Reagan later hosts

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1953 "You Are There" with Walter Cronkite premieres on CBS television

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite
  • 1953 WEEK TV channel 25 in Peoria, IL (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 1st TV soap opera "Secret Storm" premieres
  • 1956 WSAV TV channel 3 in Savannah, GA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1958 WFTV TV channel 9 in Orlando, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1959 WVUE TV channel 8 in New Orleans, LA (ABC) begins broadcasting

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1965 Peter Jennings, 26, becomes anchor of ABC's nightly news

Journalist and T.V. News Anchor Peter Jennings
Journalist and T.V. News Anchor
Peter Jennings
  • 1967 WCLP TV channel 18 in Chatsworth, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1969 WPGH TV channel 53 in Pittsburgh, PA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1970 WMAA TV channel 29 in Jackson, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1976 "Rich Man, Poor Man" mini-series premieres on ABC TV

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1976 Sonny & Cher resume TV show, despite real-life divorce

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
Cher
  • 1980 Sears Radio Theater moves from CBS to Mutual Broadcasting System
  • 1980 Soap opera "Love of Life" ends a 28 year run

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1982 "Late Night With David Letterman" debuts on NBC-TV, Bill Murray is first guest

Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman
Actor/Comedian Bill Murray
Actor/Comedian
Bill Murray
  • 1995 Belgium's TV channel VT4 goes on the air

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2004 Wardrobe malfunction: Janet Jackson's breast is exposed during the half-time show of Super Bowl XXXVIII, resulting in US broadcasters adopting a stronger adherence to FCC censorship guidelines.

Film release premierFilm Release

2013 "House of Cards", starring Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood and Robin Wright as his wife, is released on Netflix

  • 2013 44th NAACP Image Awards: "Red Tails" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • 2015 31st Sundance Film Festival: "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1710 Konrad E Ackermann, German actor (Die Oberpfalz)
  • 1757 John P Kemble, England, actor/director (Drury Lane, Covent Garden)
  • 1869 Johannes F "Frits" Bakker Sr, actor (Holland Tooneelgezelschap)
  • 1883 Jevgeni B Vachtangov, Armenian/Russian actor/director (Eric XIV)

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1895 John Ford, American director (Stagecoach, Air Mail, Quiet Man), born in Cape Elizabeth, Maine (d. 1973)

Film director John Ford
Film director
John Ford
  • 1900 Stephen Potter, humorist/writer (School for Scoundrels, Shipbuilders)

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1901 Clark Gable, American actor (Gone With the Wind, It Happened One Night) known as 'The King of Hollywood', born in Cadiz, Ohio (d. 1960)

  • 1904 S J Perelman, author/humorist (Around the World in 80 Days), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1909 Helen Chandler, actress (Christopher Strong, Dracula), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1910 Michael Kanin, director/writer/actor (Woman of the Year), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1921 Peter Sallis, English actor (Last of the Summer Wine, Taste the Blood of Dracula), born in Twickenham, England
  • 1926 Stuart Whitman, actor (Capt Apache, Ransom, Cimarron Strip), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1932 John Hart, newsman (CBS News Retrospective, NBC News), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1937 Garrett Morris, actor (SNL, Martin, Carwash), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1938 Sherman Hemsley, actor (All in the Family, Jeffersons, Amen), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1940 Bibi Besch, actress (Star Trek 2, Beast Within), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1941 Karl Dall, German television host
  • 1942 Terry Jones, Welsh comedian (Monty Python), born in Colwyn Bay, North Wales
  • 1943 Tina Sloan, NY, actress (Lillian-Guiding Light, Search for Tomorrow)
  • 1944 Leo Burmester, actor (Flo, Chiefs, Abbys, Odd Jobs), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1946 Bart Braverman, actor (Bobby-Vega$, Roy-New Odd Couple), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1946 Elisabeth Sladen, actress (Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1954 Billy Mumy, California, actor (Will Robinson-Lost in Space, Dear Brigitte)
  • 1956 Brahmanandam, Indian film actor
  • 1958 Jackie Shroff, Indian actor
  • 1964 Kaitlin Hopkins, American actress (Kelsey-Another World), born in NYC, New York
  • 1964 Sharon Bruneau, actress (Sensuous Muscle), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1964 Linus Roache, English actor
  • 1965 Brandon Lee, actor (Showdown in Little Tokyo), born in Oakland, California (d. 1993)
  • 1965 Sherilyn Fenn, actress (2 Moon Junction, Twin Peaks), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1966 Donna Edmondson, playmate of year (Nov, 1986), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1968 Pauly Shore, comedian (Totally Pauly, Encino Man), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1969 Brian Krause, American actor (Charmed), born in El Toro, California
  • 1971 Michael C. Hall, American actor (Dexter, Six Feet Under), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1972 Yoshi DeHerrera, American TV personality
  • 1973 Makiko Ohmoto, Japanese voice actress
  • 1974 Jennifer Lien, actress (Hannah Moore-Another World)
  • 1974 Lisa Marie Scott, playmate (Feb, 1994), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1980 Courtney Hamilton, Miss Arizona Teen USA (1996)
  • 1984 Lee Thompson Young, American actor
  • 1985 Jodi Gordon, Australian actress and model
  • 1986 Lauren Conrad, American TV star

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1840 Novelist Alexandre Dumas (37) weds actress Ida Ferrier

HeartWedding of Interest

1932 Film director Frank Capra (34) weds secretary Lucille Reyburn

Film Director Frank Capra
Film Director
Frank Capra

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1922 William Desmond Taylor, director/actor (Broken Coin), dies at 49
  • 1959 Madame Sul-To-Wan, [Conley], actress (Birth of a Nation), dies at 85
  • 1966 William Harrigan, American actor (Invisible Man, Girl in 419), dies at 71
  • 1975 Richard Wattis, actor (Dick & Duchess, Liberace), dies at 62
  • 1979 Mort Marshall, actor (Cully-Dumplings), dies at 60
  • 1980 Jack Bailey, TV host (Queen for a Day), dies at 72
  • 1980 Romolo Valli, actor (Boom, La Viaccia), dies at 54
  • 1981 Wanda Hendrix, American actress (Sierra, Ride the Pink Horse), dies at 52
  • 1986 Gino Hernandez, American wrestler (b. 1957)
  • 1987 Erin Westmore, makeup artist (Hollywood Backstage), dies at 82
  • 1987 Alessandro Blasetti, Italian film director (b. 1900)
  • 1991 Carol Dempster, actress (Sally of Sawdust, America), dies at 89
  • 1991 James G MacDonald, cartoon voice (Mickey Mouse), dies at 84
  • 1992 George Berkeley, actor (Life Stinks, Capts & Kings), dies at 70
  • 1999 Barış Manço, Turkish singer, composer, television producer and celebrity. (b. 1943)
  • 2002 Hildegard Knef, German actress, singer, and writer (b. 1925)
  • 2005 John Vernon, Canadian actor (b. 1932)
  • 2012 Don Cornelius, American television host, commits suicide by gunshot at 75
  • 2013 Sir Paul Holmes, New Zealand media broadcaster, dies from prostate cancer and heart problems at 62

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2014 Maximilian Schell, Swiss-Austrian actor (Judgment at Nuremberg, The Pedestrian), dies at 83