On This Day in Film and Television

Events in Film & TV

  • 1946 "The Best Years of Our Lives", film directed by William Wyler, based on MacKinlay Kantor's novella Glory for Me, starring Myrna Loy and Fredric March, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1947)
  • 1953 WKJG TV channel 33 in Ft Wayne, IN (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1955 KTVO TV channel 3 in Ottumwa-Kirksville, IA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1969 KXIX (now KVCT) TV channel 19 in Victoria, TX (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • 1970 17th National Film Awards (India): "Bhuvan Shome" wins the Golden Lotus
  • 1976 "Rocky" directed by John G. Avildsen and starring Sylvester Stallone premieres in New York (Best Picture 1977)
  • 1981 Olivia Newton-John's "Physical" single goes #1 & stays for 10 weeks
  • 1987 Horse Racing Breeders' Cup Champs: Epitome, Ferdinand, Miesque, Sacahuista, Success Express, Theatrica, Very Subtle at Hollywood
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Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1894 Corinne Griffith, American actress dubbed "The Orchid Lady of the Screen" (3 Hours, Lilies of Field), born in Texarkana, Texas (d. 1979)
  • 1899 Jobyna Ralston, American actress (For Heaven's Sake), born in South Pittsburg, Tennessee (d. 1967)
  • 1900 Alice Calhoun, American Silent film actress (Flowing Gold), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1966)
  • 1907 Charles Korvin, Czechoslovakia, actor (Berlin Express, Ship of Fools)
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Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1945 Robert Benchley, US humorist (My 10 years in a quandary), dies at 56
  • 1963 Pierre Blanchar, Algerian actor and director (Magnificent Sinner, Wooden Crosses,, Pastoral Symphony), dies from a brain tumor at 71
  • 1967 Florence Reed, actress (Black Panther Club), dies after illness at 84
  • 1976 Niles Welch, American actor (Cornered), dies at 88
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Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1983 NY Ranger Ron Greschner marries model Carol Alt
  • 1983 Actor Ed Harris (33) weds actress Amy Madigan (33)
  • 1987 Actress Demi Moore weds actor Bruce Willis at The Little White Chapel in Las Vegas
  • 2013 Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt (34) weds actor Brian Hallisay (34)
  • 2015 Actress Sofia Vergara (43) weds True Blood star Joe Manganiello (38) in Palm Beach, Florida
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