On This Day in Film and Television

Events in Film & TV

  • 1948 "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre", film based on B. Traven's novel, directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart premieres
  • 1956 KWAB TV channel 4 in Big Spring, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1962 Coco the Clown [Nicolai Poliakoff] is the subject of the BBC TV programme "This is Your Life"
  • 1968 KDCD TV channel 18 in Midland, TX (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1974 "Happy Days" begins an 11 year run on ABC
  • 1975 Space Mountain opens at Disneyland
  • 1975 Pioneering female comedian Phyllis Diller get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • 1977 Coneheads debut on "Saturday Night Live"
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Birthdays in Film & TV

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Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1893 Frances Anne "Fanny" Kemble, British Shakespearian actress (Juliet) and author, dies at 83
  • 1962 Kenneth MacKenna, American actor and director (Judgment at Nuremberg, Those We Love), dies of cancer at 62
  • 1968 John Davidson, American actor (Dick Tracy vs Crime Inc, Charlie Chan-Chinese Cat), dies at 80
  • 1971 John Dall, actor (Corn is Green, Rope), dies of heart attack at 50
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Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1955 Film director Stanley Kubrick (26) weds theatrical designer Ruth Sobotka (29)
  • 2013 "Gomer Pyle" actor Jim Nabors (82) weds retired performer Stan Cadwallader (64) at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle
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