On This Day

February 1953 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Feb 1 "General Electric Theater" premieres on CBS TV; Ronald Reagan later hosts

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

Feb 1 "You Are There" with Walter Cronkite premieres on CBS television

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite
  • Feb 1 WEEK TV channel 25 in Peoria, IL (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 3 J Fred Muggs, a chimpanzee, becomes a regular on NBC's Today Show
  • Feb 5 "Peter Pan" by Walt Disney opens at Roxy Theater, NYC

Film tv awardsEmmy Awards

Feb 5 5th Emmy Awards: I Love Lucy, Thomas Mitchell and Helen Hayes win

Actress Helen Hayes
Actress
Helen Hayes
  • Feb 8 WLVA (now WSET) TV channel 13 in Lynchburg-Roanoke, VA (ABC) begins
  • Feb 9 WNEP TV channel 16 in Scranton Wilkes-Barre, PA (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Feb 18 KOLN TV channel 10 in Lincoln, NB (CBS) begins broadcasting

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

Feb 26 10th Golden Globes: "The Greatest Show on Earth", Gary Cooper, & Shirley Booth win


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Feb 8 Mary Steenburgen, Newport Ark, actress (Parenthood, Time After Time)
  • Feb 9 Gabriel Rotello, American television documentary producer
  • Feb 11 Philip Anglim, American actor (Dane-Thorn Birds), born in San Francisco, California
  • Feb 12 Joanna Kerns [de Varona], actress (Maggie-Growing Pains), born in San Francisco, California
  • Feb 12 Nabil Shaban, British actor
  • Feb 12 Robin Thomas, American actor
  • Feb 13 Sharon Wyatt, American actress (Tiffany-General Hospital), born in Lebanon, Tennessee
  • Feb 15 Tony Adams, Irish film producer (d. 2005)
  • Feb 16 Janice Dickinson, American model (Vogue) and TV personality (America's Next Top Model), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 19 Bill Kirchenbauer, actor/comedian (Coach-Just the 10 of Us)
  • Feb 21 Christine Ebersole, American actress (SNL, Valerie, Tootsie), born in Patk Forest, Illinois
  • Feb 21 William L Petersen, actor (Return to Lonesome Dove)
  • Feb 22 Nigel Planer, British actor, born in Westminster, London
  • Feb 25 Garrett Glaser, entertainment correspondent (Entertainment Tonight)
  • Feb 25 Kim Yeong-cheol, South Korean actor
  • Feb 26 Bree Walker, American news anchor (WNBC TV, KNBC TV), born in Oakland, California
  • Feb 28 Ricky "Dragon" Steamboat [Richard Blood], wrestler (NWA/WWF/WCW/AWA)

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 14 Actress Agnes Moorehead (52) weds actor & film director Robert Gist (35)


Deaths in Film & TV

  • Feb 8 Cliff Clark, American actor (Kid Glove Killer, Golden Hoofs, Vigilante Hideout), dies from a heart attack at 63