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1896 in Film & Television History

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 4 AFL charters Actors' National Protective Union, NYC
  • Mar 12 1st movie in Netherlands (Kalverstr 220)
  • Apr 23 Vitascope system of movie projection 1st shown at Koster & Bial's Music Hall, New York City
  • Jul 26 Vitascope Hall, 1st permanent for-profit movie theatre, opens in New Orleans

Actors and Actresses Born in 1896

  • Jan 1 Teinosuke Kinugasa, Japanese actor and director (Gate of Hell, A Page of Madness, Jujiro, Jigoku-mon), born in Mie Ken, Japan (d. 1982)
  • Jan 7 Arnold Ridley, British actor and dramatist (The Ghost Train, Dad's Army), born in Bath, England (d. 1984)
  • Jan 16 Ruth Rose, American screenwriter (d. 1978)
  • Jan 20 George Burns [Nathan Birnbaum], American actor, comedian and singer (Oh God; Burns and Allen), born in NYC, New York (d. 1996)
  • Jan 20 Rolfe Sedan, American actor (Young Frankenstein, Ninotchka, George Burns Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 1982)

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