On This Day

February 1950 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Feb 2 1st broadcast of "What's My Line" on CBS-TV
  • Feb 15 KENS TV channel 5 in San Antonio, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 15 WSYR (now WSTM) TV channel 3 in Syracuse, NY (NBC) begins broadcasting

Film Premier

Feb 15 Walt Disney's animated film "Cinderella" premieres in Boston

  • Feb 16 Longest-running prime-time game show, "What's My Line" begins on CBS
  • Feb 21 WOI TV channel 5 in Ames-Des Moines, IA (ABC/PBS) begins broadcasting

Television Premiere

Feb 25 "Your Show of Shows" with Sid Caesar & Imogene Coca premieres on NBC. Writers include Mel Brooks, Neil Simon and Woody Allen.


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Feb 2 Barbara Sukowa, German actress (Zentropia, Sicilian, Voyager, Lola)
  • Feb 2 Osamu Kido, wrestler (NJPW/UWF)
  • Feb 2 Genichiro Tenryu [Shimada], Japanese professional wrestler, born in Katsuyama, Fukui, Japan
  • Feb 3 Morgan Fairchild [Patsy McClenny], actress (Falcon Crest), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Feb 4 Pamela Franklin, actress (Satan's School for Girls), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Feb 8 Cristina Ferrare, American former supermodel and actress
  • Feb 12 Michael Ironside, Canadian actor (Starship Troopers), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Feb 13 Ewa Aulin, Swedish actress (Candy, Fiorina La Vacca), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Feb 14 Raymond van het Groenewoud, Belgian vocalist & actor (Brussels by Night)
  • Feb 15 Donna Hanover Giuliani, TV news anchor (WPIX)/wife of Mayor Giuliani
  • Feb 18 Cybill Shepherd, American actress (Moonlighting, Last Picture Show), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Feb 18 John Hughes, American film director (Breakfast Club; Ferris Bueller's Day Off), born in Lansing, Michigan (d. 2009)
  • Feb 20 John Voldstad, actor (Darryl-Newhart), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Feb 20 Ken Shimura, Japanese comedian and actor (Shimura Ken no Bakatono-sama), born in Higashimurayama, Japan (d. 2020)
  • Feb 22 Ellen Greene, American vocalist & actress (Little Shoppe of Horrors), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 22 Julie Walters, English actress (Educating Rita, Prick Up Your Ears), born in Birmingham, England
  • Feb 22 Miou-Miou [Sylvette Herry], French actress (Dog Day, My Other Husband), born in Paris, France
  • Feb 28 Ilene Graff, American actress (Marsha-Mr Belvedere), born in Brooklyn, New York

Weddings in Film & TV

David Attenborough

Feb 17 Natural history broadcaster David Attenborough (24) weds Jane Elizabeth Ebsworth Oriel

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Feb 26 Harry Lauder, Scottish comedian and singer (Roamin' in the Gloamin), dies at about 75