On This Day

July 1941 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jul 1 1st commercial TV licenses granted-W2XBS-WNBT (NBC) & WCBW (CBS), NYC
  • Jul 1 WCBW (now WCBS) TV channel 2 in NY, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 1 WNBT TV (W2XBS, Now WNBC) channel 4 in NYC (NBC) begins broadcasting

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Jul 2 Noël Coward's "Blithe Spirit" premieres in London

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward

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Jul 19 BBC World Service begins playing V(ictory) ("...-" in Morse code) (opening of Ludwig van Beethoven's 5th symphony)

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Jul 19 Tom and Jerry first appear under their own names in cartoon "The Midnight Snack" by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera

Animator Joseph Barbera
Animator
Joseph Barbera
Animator William Hanna
Animator
William Hanna

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jul 1 Sally Quinn, American CBS newscaster (Morning Show), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • Jul 3 Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Indian film director and cinematographer (Kathapurushan, Mathulikal), born in Mannadi, Travancore, British India
  • Jul 7 Bill Oddie, English comedian and ornithologist
  • Jul 10 Robert Pine, American actor (Joe Getraer-CHiPs), born in Scarsdale, New York
  • Jul 10 Jake Eberts, film producer (Chariots of Fire, Dances with Wolves), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2012)
  • Jul 12 Joseph Whipp, American actor (Escape from Alcatraz), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jul 13 Jacques Perrin, French actor (Cinema Paradiso, 317th Platoon) and filmmaker, born in Paris, France
  • Jul 13 Lut[guard] Tomsin, actress/director (Knock on the Door)
  • Jul 13 Robert Forster [Foster], American actor (Medium Cool, Jackie Brown), born in Rochester, New York (d. 2019)
  • Jul 20 Kurt Raab, German actor (d. 1988)
  • Jul 25 Raúl Ruiz, Chilean filmmaker (Three Sad Tigers), born in Puerto Montt, Chile (d. 2011)
  • Jul 25 Peter Suschitzky, Polish-British cinematographer and photographer, born in London
  • Jul 29 David Warner, English actor (Star Trek VI, Time Bandits), born in Manchester, United Kingdom

Weddings in Film & TV


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Jul 12 Actor William Holden (23) weds actress Brenda Marshall (25) in Las Vegas


Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jul 29 James Stephenson, British actor (Letter, Espionage Agent, Nancy Drew), dies at 52