On This Day in Film & TV for January 1

Events in Film & TV

  • 1944 1st feature-length foreign movie, African Journey, shown on TV, NYC
  • 1947 WTTG TV channel 5 in Washington, D.C. (MET) begins broadcasting
  • 1949 KPRC TV channel 2 in Houston, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949 KTTV TV channel 11 in Los Angeles, CA (MET) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 WBRE TV channel 28 in Wilkes-Barre Scranton, PA (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 1953 The first TV detector van, used to track down users of unlicensed television sets, begins operation in the UK
  • 1954 KSLA TV channel 12 in Shreveport, LA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 WWTV TV channel 9 in Cadillac-Traverse City, MI (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1955 WEAT (now WPEC) TV channel 12 in West Palm Beach, FL (CBS) begins
  • 1956 KHAS TV channel 5 in Hastings, NB (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1956 KOSA TV channel 7 in Odessa, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1956 WREC (now WREG) TV channel 3 in Memphis, TN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1958 WMBD TV channel 31 in Peoria, IL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1963 WTEV (now WLNE) TV channel 6 in Providence RI begins broadcasting
  • 1964 KNMT TV channel 12 in Walker, MN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1964 KTVS TV channel 3 in Sterling, CO (CBS) begins broadcasting

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1965 American actor George Murphy begins his term as Senator of California

Actor and Senator George Murphy
Actor and Senator
George Murphy
  • 1967 WABW TV channel 14 in Pelham, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 ABC radio splits into 4 networks (Info, Entertainment, Contemp & FM)
  • 1968 WDCO TV channel 15 in Cochran, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1972 KDSD TV channel 16 in Aberdeen, SD (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1974 NBC radio begins on the hour news 24 hours a day (following CBS lead)
  • 1976 NBC replaces the peacock logo

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1986 Barbra Streisand & Jon Peters relationship breaks up

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 Howard Stern's New Year's Eve Beauty Pageant

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1862 Snitz Edwards, Hungary, actor (College, Phantom of the Opera)
  • 1867 Lew Fields, comedian (of Weber & Fields)
  • 1868 Snitz Edwards, American actor (d. 1937)
  • 1880 Edie Martin, actress (Titfield Thunderbolt), born in London, England
  • 1883 [Hei]ko E Arnoldi, Dutch actor (3 Drops of Water)/theater director
  • 1889 Charles Bickford, actor (John-The Virginian), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1889 Tom Dugan, actor (Circus Clown, Drag, Skyway), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1890 Florence Lawrence, silent screen actress (Confidence), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1891 Frank Pettingell, English actor (Gaslight, Goose Steps Out), born in Liverpool (d. 1966)
  • 1896 Teinosuke Kinugasa, Japans actor/director (Jujiro, Jigoku-mon)
  • 1897 Walter Greaza, actor (Martin Kane Private Eye), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1899 Lev V Kuleshov, Russian director/theorist (Po Zakonu)
  • 1900 William Haines, Staunton VA, actor (Fast Life, Little Annie Rooney)
  • 1904 Florence Lake, American actress (Edgar Kennedy shorts), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1980)
  • 1905 Kamatari Fujiwara, actor (d. 1985), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1909 Dana Andrews, American actor (Battle of the Bulge, Laura), born in Covington County, Mississippi (d. 1992)
  • 1910 Russ Bender, actor/writer (Amazing Colossal Man, Space Monster)
  • 1917 Albert Mol, Dutch actor (d. 2004)
  • 1919 Carole Landis, Fairchild WI, actress (One Million BC, Topper Returns)
  • 1920 Elisabeth Andersen, [Anna de Bruyn], Dutch actress (Yerma, Titania)
  • 1924 Roberts Blossom, American actor and poet
  • 1925 Valentina Cortesa, actress (Kidnap Syndicate), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1925 Matthew "Stymie" Beard, American actor (d. 1981)
  • 1925 Raymond Pellegrin, French actor
  • 1927 Barbara Baxley, actress (Norma Rae, Countdown), born in Stockton, California
  • 1927 Pat Heywood, Scottish actress
  • 1928 Ernest R Tidyman, Ohio, novelist/screenwriter (The French Connection)
  • 1930 Ty Hardin, American actor (Riptide, Bronco), born in NYC, New York
  • 1930 Frederick Wiseman, documentary filmmaker, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1933 Joe Orton, England, actor/dramatist (Prick Up Your Ears) (d. 1967)
  • 1933 Norman Yemm, Australian actor
  • 1938 Frank Langella, Bayonne, New Jersey, American actor (Dracula, Frost/Nixon)
  • 1939 Michèle Mercier, French actress
  • 1944 Don Novello, American actor and comedian (Father Guido Sarducci-Saturday Night Live), born in Ashtabula, Ohio
  • 1944 Jimmy Hart, American wrestling manager
  • 1951 Nana Patekar, Indian film and stage actor
  • 1956 Kôji Yakusho, Japanese actor
  • 1957 Ewa Kasprzyk, Polish actress
  • 1958 Ren Woods, actress (Fanta-Roots), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1960 Michael David Morrison, actor (Caleb Snyder-As the World Turns)
  • 1961 Fiona Phillips, British television presenter
  • 1961 Mark Wingett, British actor
  • 1964 DeDee Pfeiffer, actress (Cybill)
  • 1964 Juliana Donald, American actress
  • 1966 Rawley Valberde, Oceanside California, actor (Amado-Santa Barbara)
  • 1967 Juanma Bajo Ulloa, Spanish film director
  • 1969 Morris Chestnut, actor (Boyz N the Hood)
  • 1969 Verne Troyer, American actor (Mini-Me in Austin Powers movies), born in Sturgis, Michigan
  • 1969 Nicolle Dickson, Australian actress
  • 1970 Gabriel Jarret, American actor
  • 1971 Sammie Henson, American wrestler
  • 1975 Sonali Bendre, Indian model and actress
  • 1976 Georgina Chapman, British fashion designer and actress

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1976 Chai Jing, Chinese broadcaster, author and documentary maker (Under the Dome), born in Linfen, Shanxi Province

Journalist and Environmental Activist Chai Jing
Journalist and Environmental Activist
Chai Jing
  • 1977 Keeley Hawes, British actress
  • 1978 Nina Bott, German actress
  • 1980 Elin Nordegren, Swedish model
  • 1981 Jonas Armstrong, Irish actor
  • 1981 Eden Riegel, American actress ( All My Children), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1983 Ali Bastian, English actress and model
  • 1983 Emi Kobayashi, Japanese model
  • 1986 Vidya Balan, Indian actress
  • 1991 Kathleen Herles, American voice actor
  • 1996 Mary Gibbs, American child actress
  • 1998 Marlene Lawston, American child actress

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1936 Actor Paul Henreid (27) weds Elizabeth Camilla Julia Gluck

HeartWedding of Interest

1956 Actor Gene Hackman (25) weds Fay Maltese

HeartWedding of Interest

1979 Film director John Carpenter (30) weds actress Adrienne Barbeau (33)

Horror film director John Carpenter
Horror film director
John Carpenter

HeartWedding of Interest

1988 Actor Michael Biehn (31) weds film producer Gina Marsh

HeartWedding of Interest

1989 Actor Leonard Nimoy (57) weds actress Susan Bay

  • 2003 "Lord of The Rings" actress Miranda Otto (35) weds actor Peter O'Brien (44) at St. Mary's Cathedral in Sydney, Australia
  • 2003 "A Beautiful Mind" actress Jennifer Connelly (32) weds actor Paul Bettany in Scotland
  • 2011 "Hot in Cleveland" actress Valerie Bertinelli weds financial planner Tom Vitale at their home in Malibu, California

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1960 Margaret Sullavan, American actress (Three Comrades), dies of barbiturate overdose at 48
  • 1964 Rika Hopper, Dutch actress (Comedia, Anastasia), dies at about 86
  • 1965 Gertrude Michael, actress (Caged, Cleopatra), dies at 53
  • 1969 Barton Maclane, actor (Gen Peterson-I Dream of Jeannie), dies at 68
  • 1972 Jane Morgan, actress (Mrs Margaret Davis-Our Miss Brooks), dies at 91
  • 1972 Maurice A Chevalier, French actor and singer (Can Can, Gigi), dies at 83
  • 1975 Arthur Pierson, actor/director (Hat Check Girl), dies at 73
  • 1982 Victor Buono, actor (Mr Schubert-Man from Atlantis), dies at 43
  • 1985 Kamatari Fujiwara, Japanese actor (b. 1905)
  • 1987 Gustav Knuth, actor (Heidi, Rats), dies at 85
  • 1990 Charles Boost, Dutch film critic, dies at 82
  • 1992 Ginette Leclerc, actress (Baker's Wife), dies at 79
  • 1993 June Clayworth, actress (Bodyguard, Criminal Court), dies of lymphoma
  • 1993 Phyllis Hill, actress (Singing in the Dark), dies of lung cancer at 72

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1994 Cesar Romero, US actor (Joker-Batman), dies at 86

  • 1997 Joan Rice, actress (Payroll, Steel Key, Curtain Up), dies at 66
  • 2001 Ray Walston, American actor (b. 1914)
  • 2002 Julia Phillips, American film producer (b. 1944)
  • 2003 Cyril Shaps, English actor (b. 1923)
  • 2007 A. I. Bezzerides, American novelist and screenwriter (b. 1908)
  • 2008 Peter Caffrey, Irish actor (b. 1949)
  • 2012 Bob Anderson, English Olympic fencer and renowned film fight choreographer, dies at 90
  • 2015 Donna Douglas, American actress (Elly May Clampett-The Beverly Hillbillies), dies of pancreatic cancer at 82