On This Day in Film & TV for January 26

Events in Film & TV

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1926 John Logie Baird gives the first public demonstration of television in his laboratory in London

Inventor of Television John Logie Baird
Inventor of Television
John Logie Baird
  • 1931 "Cimarron" directed by Wesley Ruggles and starring Richard Dix and Irene Dunne premieres in New York. 1st western to win Best Outstanding Production/Picture (1931)
  • 1949 WHIO TV channel 7 in Dayton, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1958 Jack Smith takes over from Art Baker as TV host of "You Asked for It"
  • 1959 KOKH TV channel 25 in Oklahoma City, OK (IND/PBS) begins broadcasting

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1974 31st Golden Globes: The Exorcist, Al Pacino, & Marsha Mason win

Actor Al Pacino
Al Pacino
  • 1979 "The Dukes of Hazzard" premieres on US TV network CBS

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1980 175,000 pay to hear Frank Sinatra sing in Rio de Janeiro

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

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1985 42nd Golden Globes: Amadeus, F. Murray Abraham, & Sally Field win

Music awardsMusic Awards

1987 14th American Music Awards: Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie & Alabama

Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston
Singer Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie
  • 1987 Hart Foundation beat British Bulldogs for WWF tag team title
  • 1992 8th Sundance Film Festival: "In the Soup" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • 1997 13th Sundance Film Festival: "Sunday" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • 2003 19th Sundance Film Festival: "American Splendor", directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • 2014 30th Sundance Film Festival: "Whiplash", directed by Damien Chazelle, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1892 Zara Cully, American actress (d. 1978)
  • 1902 Romney Brent, Saltillo Mexico, actor/writer (Dinner at the Ritz)
  • 1904 Douglas Evans, actor (South Pacific Trail)
  • 1905 Charles Lane, actor (Homer-Petticoat Junction, Lucy Show), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2007)
  • 1908 Jill Esmond, English actress (d. 1990)
  • 1913 William Prince, Nichols NY, actor (City in Fear, Cyrano de Bergerac)
  • 1915 William Hopper, American actor (Paul Drake-Perry Mason), born in NYC, New York
  • 1920 Derek Bond, actor (Nicholas Nickelby), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1922 Michael Bentine, England, author/comedian (Reluctant Jester)
  • 1923 Anne Jeffreys, NC, actress (Dick Tracy, Topper, General Hospital)
  • 1925 Joan Leslie, actress (High Sierra, Yankee Doodle Dandy), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1925 Paul Newman, American actor (Hud, Hombre, Hustler), racing car driver and popcorn mogul (Newman's Own), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2008)

Actor & Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor & Entrepreneur
Paul Newman
  • 1927 William Redfield, American actor (Jimmy Hughes Rookie Cop, Marriage), born in NYC, New York
  • 1929 Gordon Solie, American wrestling commentator (d. 2000)
  • 1931 Mary Murphy, actress (A Man Alone, Maggie-Investigators), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1932 Ronald Allison, British author/broadcaster
  • 1935 Bob Uecker, catcher/actor (Mr Belvedere), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1941 Henry Jaglom, actor (Eating, Lucky Ducks, Always), born in London, England
  • 1941 Scott Glenn, actor (Right Stuff, Personal Best, Backdraft), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1942 Souad Hosni, Egyptian actress (d. 2001)
  • 1946 Gene Siskel, movie critic (Siskel & Ebert)
  • 1947 Patrick Dewaere, [PJMH Bordeaux], France, actor (Les Valseuses)
  • 1949 Paul Nurse, dr/director-general elect (Imperial Cancer Research Fund)
  • 1949 David Strathairn, American actor (LA Confidential, The Bourne Ultimatum), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1950 Janet Lupo, American model
  • 1951 Walt Willey, Ottawa Ill, actor (Jackson Montgomery-All My Children)

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1958 Ellen DeGeneres, comediene (Ellen Morgan-Ellen), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

Comedian and TV Star Ellen DeGeneres
Comedian and TV Star
Ellen DeGeneres
  • 1960 Road Warrior Animal, American professional wrestler
  • 1964 Cathy Podewell, American actress (Cally Harper Ewing-Dallas), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1964 Paul Johansson, American actor
  • 1965 Allison Hossack, Manitoba, actress (Olivia-Another World)
  • 1968 Ravi Teja, Tollywood film actor
  • 1971 Bryan Callen, American actor
  • 1971 Dorian Gregory, American actor
  • 1976 Frankie Rayder, American model
  • 1977 Cindy Cesar, Miss Mauritius Universe (1997)
  • 1978 Kelly Stables, American actress
  • 1979 Sara Rue, American actress
  • 1984 Layla Kayleigh, British television personality
  • 1986 Shantelle Taylor, Canadian professional wrestler
  • 1987 Vladimir Garin, Russian actor (d. 2003)
  • 1990 Christopher Massey, American actor

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1993 Cameron Bright, Canadian actor (The Twilight Saga, X-Men), born in Victoria, British Columbia

Weddings in Film & TV

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1940 Actor Ronald Raegan (28) weds Academy Award-winning actress Jane Wyman (23) at the Wee Kirk o' the Heather church in Glendale, California

Actress Jane Wyman
Jane Wyman

HeartWedding of Interest

1944 Actor Ralph Richardson (41) weds actress Meriel Forbes (30)

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1947 Grace Moore, American soprano/actress (One Night of Love), dies at 48
  • 1950 Betsy van den Arend, Dutch [Betje], actress (Miss Hobbs), dies at 78
  • 1963 John Sigvard Olsen, comedian (Olsen & Johnson), dies at 70
  • 1967 Albert Remy, actor (Blows), dies at 55
  • 1967 Kenneth Thomson, actor (White Gold), dies of emphysema at 68
  • 1973 Edward G Robinson, [Goldenberg], actor (Little Caesar), dies at 79
  • 1975 Lubov Orlova, actress (Moscow Laughs, Man of Music, Tanya), dies at 72
  • 1977 Margaret Hayes, actress (Robert Montgomery Presents), dies at 61
  • 1978 Leo Genn, actor (Lady Chatterley's Lover, Henry V), dies at 72

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1992 José Ferrer, Puerto Rican actor/director (Cyrano de Bergerac), dies at 80

  • 2006 Len Carlson, Canadian actor (b. 1937)
  • 2008 Christian Brando, actor and son of Marlon Brando (b 1958)
  • 2012 Ian Abercrombie, English actor, dies from kidney failure at 77
  • 2016 Abe Vigoda, American actor (Barney Miller, The Godfather), dies at 94
  • 2017 Barbara Hale, American actress (Della Street in Perry Mason), dies at 94
  • 2017 Mike Connors, [Krekor Ohanian], American actor (Mannix), dies at 91