On This Day in Film and Television

Events in Film & TV

  • 1928 Walt Disney's "Steamboat Willie" released, first Mickey Mouse sound cartoon
  • 1930 Musical "Smiles" with Bob Hope and Fred Astaire premieres in NYC
  • 1932 "Flowers & Trees" receives 1st Academy Award for a cartoon
  • 1932 5th Academy Awards: Fredric March and Wallace Beery in 1st ever tie for Best Actor. "Grand Hotel" and Helen Hayes also win.
  • 1951 Former Cubs 1st baseman & future TV star of Rifleman Chuck Connors is 1st player to oppose the major league draft
  • 1959 "Ben-Hur" directed by William Wyler and starring Charlton Heston premieres in New York City (Academy Awards Best Picture 1960)
  • 1980 "Heaven's Gate" film directed by Michael Cimino, starring Kris Kristofferson and Christopher Walken premieres - one of the biggest box office bombs ever
  • 1982 Mariasela Alvarez of Dominican Republic, crowned 32nd Miss World
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Birthdays in Film & TV

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Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1946 Donald Meek, Scottish actor (Stage Fair, Stagecoach), dies at 86
  • 1977 Victor Francen, Belgian actor (J'Acusse, San Antonio), dies at 89
  • 1982 Donald Dillaway, actor (Min & Bill, Platinum Blonde), dies at 78
  • 1986 Gia Carangi, American model (AIDS) (b. 1960)
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Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1966 MLB baseball player Hank Greenberg (55) weds actress Mary Jo Tarola
  • 2000 "Queen" guitarist Brian May (53) weds "EastEnders" actress Anita Dobson (51) in a civil ceremony at Richmond Register Office
  • 2000 Actress Catherine Zeta Jones (31) weds actor/producer Michael Douglas (56) at the Plaza Hotel in New York City
  • 2006 American film actor and producer Tom Cruise (44) weds actress Katie Holmes (27) at Odescalchi Castle, Bracciano, Italy
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