On This Day

February 1940 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Feb 1 NBC performs the first inter-city television broadcast from its station in New York City to another in Schenectady, New York by General Electric relay antennas.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 2 Frank Sinatra's singing debut in Indianapolis (Tommy Dorsey Orchestra)

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

Film release premierFilm Premier

Feb 7 Walt Disney's second feature length movie, "Pinocchio" premieres (NYC)

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney

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Feb 10 "Tom & Jerry" cartoon created by William Hanna & Joseph Barbera debut by MGM

Animator William Hanna
Animator
William Hanna
Animator Joseph Barbera
Animator
Joseph Barbera
  • Feb 23 Walt Disney's animated movie "Pinocchio" released
  • Feb 25 1st televised (W2XBS, NYC) hockey game (Rangers vs Canadians)
  • Feb 28 1st televised basketball game (U of Pitts beats Fordham U, 50-37)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 29 Hattie McDaniel becomes 1st African American woman to win an Oscar for "Gone with the Wind"

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Feb 29 12th Academy Awards: "Gone with the Wind" wins eight Oscars, Robert Donat & Vivien Leigh also win


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Feb 1 Bibi Besch, actress (Star Trek 2, Beast Within), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Feb 2 David Jason, English actor
  • Feb 2 Vsevolod Meyerhold [Karl Kasimir Theodor], Russian theatrical director and actor (Houligan), executed during the Great Purge at 65
  • Feb 3 Jim Hartz, newscaster (NBC-TV, Innovations)
  • Feb 4 John Schuck, American actor (McMillan & Wife, Holmes & Yoyo), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Person of interestGeorge A. Romero

Feb 4 George A. Romero, American-Canadian director (Night of the Living Dead), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2017)

  • Feb 6 Jimmy Tarbuck, English comedian, born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • Feb 6 Tom Brokaw, American news anchor (NBC Nightly News 1982-2004), born in Webster, South Dakota
  • Feb 7 Gary Bond, England, actor (Outback, Zulu, Anne of Thousand Days)
  • Feb 8 Ted Koppel, Lancashire England, American journalist (ABC Nightline)
  • Feb 12 Richard Lynch, American actor (Xaviar-Battlestar Galactica), (d. 2012)
  • Feb 19 Carlin Glynn, American actress (Continental Divide)
  • Feb 20 Jimmy Greaves, British broadcaster/soccer player
  • Feb 21 Peter McEnery, England, actor (Game is Over, Moonspinners)
  • Feb 22 Julian Chagrin, English mime & actor (Golddiggers), born in London, England
  • Feb 23 Peter Fonda, American actor (Easy Rider, Lilith, Wild Angels, Trip), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 24 Pete Duel, American actor (d. 1971)
  • Feb 25 Billy Packer, Wellsville NY, basketball sportscaster (CBS)
  • Feb 25 Jud Taylor, actor (Dr Gerson-Dr Kildare)
  • Feb 27 Howard Hesseman, American actor (Dr Johnny Fever-WKRP, Head of Class), born in Salem, Oregon
  • Feb 27 Bill Hunter, Australian actor, born in Ballarat, Australia (d. 2011)

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 13 Actress Lana Turner (19) marries bandleader Artie Shaw (29)

Actress Lana Turner
Actress
Lana Turner