On This Day in Film & TV for January 20

Events in Film & TV

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1949 J. Edgar Hoover gives Shirley Temple a tear gas fountain pen

First Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover
First Director of the FBI
J. Edgar Hoover
Actress and Diplomat Shirley Temple
Actress and Diplomat
Shirley Temple
  • 1958 KUED TV channel 7 in Salt Lake City, UT (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1965 The Beatles appear on Shindig (ABC-TV)
  • 1978 Columbia Pictures pays $9.5 million for movie rights to "Annie"

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1981 Ronald Reagan inaugurated as the 40th President of the United States of America

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1989 Reagan becomes 1st pres elected in a "0" year, since 1840, to leave office alive

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1990 47th Golden Globes: Born on the Fouth of July, Tom Cruise, & Michelle Pfeiffer win

Actor Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise
  • 1997 2nd Critics' Choice Movie Awards: Fargo wins Best Film
  • 1998 3rd Critics' Choice Movie Awards: L.A. Confidential wins Best Film

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2002 59th Golden Globes: A Beautiful Mind, Russell Crowe, & Sissy Spacek win

  • 2002 18th Sundance Film Festival: "Personal Velocity: Three Portraits", directed by Rebecca Miller, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

2007 12th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: The Departed wins Best Film

Film Director Martin Scorsese
Film Director
Martin Scorsese
  • 2008 "Breaking Bad", created by Vince Gilligan and starring Bryan Cranston premieres on AMC

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1867 Yvette Guilbert, French singer and actress (d. 1944)
  • 1878 Finlay Currie, Scotland, actor (Quo Vadis, Ivanhoe, Avengers)
  • 1892 Roscoe Ates, Grange Miss, actor (Dep Roscoe-Marshal of Gunsight Pass)
  • 1895 Eva A Jessye, US singer/actress/songwriter (Hallelujah)
  • 1896 George Burns, [Nathan Birnbaum], American actor/comedian (Oh God), born in NYC, New York
  • 1896 Rolfe Sedan, American actor (Mailman-George Burns Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1896 Isabel Withers, American actress (d. 1968)
  • 1897 Mae Busch, Australian/US actress (Cowboy Socialist)
  • 1898 Colin Clive, [Greig], St Malo France, actor (Bride of Frankenstein)
  • 1900 Colin Clive, British actor (d. 1937)
  • 1903 Leon Ames, Portland Indiana, actor (Mr Ed, Father of the Bride)
  • 1908 Paula Wessely, Austrian actress/producer (Masquerade)
  • 1910 Abram Hill, director/playwright/founder (American Negro Theater)
  • 1912 Christopher Casson, Irish actor (Zardoz, Educating Rita)
  • 1914 Wensley Pithey, Cape Town South Africa, actor (Winston Churchill-Ike)
  • 1919 Alex Nicol, Ossining NY, actor (Man From Laramie, Air Cadet)
  • 1920 DeForest Kelley, actor (Dr McCoy-Star Trek), born in Atlanta, Georgia

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1920 Federico Fellini, Italian film director and scriptwriter (8 1/2, La Dolce Vita), born in Rimini, Italy (d. 1993)

Film director, Scriptwriter Federico Fellini
Film director, Scriptwriter
Federico Fellini
  • 1926 Michael Higgins, actor (1918, Wanda, Black Stallion), born in Brooklyn, New York

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1926 Patricia Neal, American actress (Hud, Subject Was Roses), born in Packard, Kentucky (d. 2010)

Actress Patricia Neal
Patricia Neal
  • 1928 William Berger, Austria, actress (Adventure of Hercules)
  • 1929 Arte Johnson, comedian (Laugh-in, Don't Call Me Charlie), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1934 Tom Baker, English actor (fourth Doctor in Doctor Who), born in Liverpool
  • 1937 Dorothy Provine, Deadwood SD, actress (Good Neighbor Sam, Darn Cat)
  • 1938 William Berger, Austrian actor (d. 1993)
  • 1940 Krishnam Raju, Indian actor and politician
  • 1941 Pierre Lalonde, Quebec singer and television host
  • 1946 David Lynch, Missoula Montana, actor/director (Dune, Eraserhead)
  • 1950 Liza Goddard, British actress
  • 1955 Wyatt Knight, American actor

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1956 Bill Maher, American comedian and political commentator (Real Time with Bill Maher, Politically Incorrect), born in NYC, New York

Political Commentator and Comedian Bill Maher
Political Commentator and Comedian
Bill Maher
  • 1958 Lorenzo Lamas, actor (Lance-Falcon Crest, California Fever), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1963 James Denton, American actor
  • 1964 Victoria Sellers, actress (Crime Zone, Warlords), born in London, England
  • 1966 Rainn Wilson, American actor (The Office, Juno), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1967 Stacey Dash, actress (Dionne-Clueless), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1969 Melissa Rivers, American TV hostess (MTV, CBS Morning News), born in NYC, New York
  • 1970 Anita St Rose, Miss Universe-Great Britain (1996)
  • 1970 Skeet Ulrich, actor (Scream)
  • 1970 Mitch Benn, UK comedian, songwriter, actor
  • 1978 Joy Giovanni, American actress and glamour model
  • 1981 Christine Bleakley, BBC Television Host
  • 1981 Crystal Lowe, Canadian actress
  • 1983 Paula Taylor, English-Thai actress, model and presenter
  • 1984 Olivia Hallinan, English Actress
  • 1984 Toni Gonzaga, Filipina Actress and Singer

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

1968 Actress Sharon Tate (24) weds actor/director Roman Polanski (34) in Chelsea, London

Actress and Murder Victim Sharon Tate
Actress and Murder Victim
Sharon Tate
  • 2001 "Fast Lane" actor Peter Facinelli (27) weds actress and director Jennie Garth (28) at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Montecito, California

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1779 David Garrick, English actor (b. 1717)
  • 1920 Georg Lurich, Estonian wrestler (b. 1876)
  • 1959 Carl Switzer, actor (Alfalfa-Our Gang), shot to death at 31
  • 1960 Matt Moore, Irish-American actor and director (Coquette, Deluge), dies at 72
  • 1971 Broncho Billy Anderson, American actor and the 1st cowboy in a movie (The Great Train, The Lucky Dog), dies at 88
  • 1989 Beatrice Lillie, actress (Thoroughly Modern Millie), dies at 94
  • 1989 Alamgir Kabir, Bangladeshi film director (b. 1938)
  • 1990 Barbara Stanwyck, [Ruby Stevens], actress (Big Valley), dies at 82
  • 1991 Louis Seigner, actor (Eclipse, Special Section), dies in a fire at 87

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1993 Audrey Hepburn, actress (Roman Holiday), dies of colon cancer at 63

  • 1993 Joseph Anthony [Deuster], US director/actor (Rainmaker), dies at 80
  • 1998 Bobo Brazil, American professional wrestler (b. 1924)
  • 2002 Carrie Hamilton, actress and singer (b. 1963)
  • 2003 Nedra Volz, American actress (b. 1908)