On This Day

January 1953 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 WBRE TV channel 28 in Wilkes-Barre Scranton, PA (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Jan 1 The first TV detector van, used to track down users of unlicensed television sets, begins operation in the UK
  • Jan 4 KTSM TV channel 9 in El Paso, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 6 WKBN TV channel 27 in Youngstown, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 13 KOLD TV channel 13 in Tucson, AZ (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 14 WALA TV channel 10 in Mobile, AL (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 16 KXLY TV channel 4 in Spokane, WA (ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 25 WABI TV channel 5 in Bangor, ME (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 28 WJTV TV channel 12 in Jackson, MS (CBS) begins broadcasting

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jan 5 Pamela Sue Martin, American actress (Nancy Drew, Fallon-Dynasty), born in Westport, Connecticut
  • Jan 11 John Sessions, Scottish actor and comedian (Whose Line Is It Anyway), born in Largs, Scotland (d. 2020)
  • Jan 15 Ta-Tanisha, American actress, born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jan 18 Brett Hudson, American comedian (Bonkers, Hudson Brothers Show), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Jan 19 Linda Hayden, English actress (The Blood on Satan's Claw, The Boys from Brazil), born in Stanmore, United Kingdom
  • Jan 19 Desi Arnaz Jr., American actor (Here's Lucy - "Craig", Fakeout, Joyride) & musician, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 24 Brian Matthews, American actor (Burning), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 25 The Honky Tonk Man [Wayne Farris], American professional wrestler, born in Bolivar, Tennessee
  • Jan 29 Dalila di Lazzaro, Udine Italy, covergirl/model (Vogue)
  • Jan 29 Teresa Teng [Li-chun], Taiwanese pop singer("Aijin"; The Power Of Love"; "Airport"), and actress, born in Baozhong Township, Yunlin, Taiwan
  • Jan 29 Lynne McGranger, Australian actress (Home and Away), born in Sydney, New South Wales

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 4 Arthur Hoyt, American actor and director (Gold Dust Gertie, Goldie Get Along), dies at 79
  • Jan 7 Osa Johnson, American adventurer and filmmaker, dies at 58