On This Day

January 1954 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 KSLA TV channel 12 in Shreveport, LA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1 WWTV TV channel 9 in Cadillac-Traverse City, MI (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Jan 1 NBC broadcasts 1st live color US coast-to-coast telecast, the Tournament of Roses Parade, from Pasadena, California
  • Jan 4 Soap Opera "The Brighter Day" premieres
  • Jan 13 WEAR TV channel 3 in Pensacola-Mobile, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting

Television Debut

Jan 17 Jacques Cousteau's 1st network telecast airs on "Omnibus" (CBS)

  • Jan 26 Groundbreaking begins on Disneyland

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jan 2 Cynthia Sikes, American actress (Flamingo Road, St Elsewhere), born in Coffeyville, Kansas
  • Jan 6 Anthony Minghella, English director and screenwriter (The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley), born in London (d. 2008)
  • Jan 6 Trudie Styler, English actress, born in Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
  • Jan 11 Saskia ten Batenburg, Dutch actress (Factory, Hunk)
  • Jan 13 Vicki McCarty, American author (Girlfriend's Guide to) Playboy playmate (Sep, 1979), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 14 Jim Duggan, American wrestler, born in Glens Falls, New York
  • Jan 18 Ted DiBiase, American professional wrestler, born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Jan 19 Katey Sagal, American actress & singer-songwriter (Married With Children - "Peg"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 19 Katharina Thalbach, German actress & film director, born in Berlin, Germany
  • Jan 22 Chris Lemmon, American actor (Brothers & Sisters, Duet) [or Jun 22], born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 22 Tully Blanchard, American professional wrestler, born in Calgary, Canada
  • Jan 28 Anicee Alvina, actress (Friends), born in Paris, France

Oprah Winfrey

Jan 29 Oprah Winfrey, American TV talk show host and actress (The Oprah Winfrey Show, Colour Purple), born in Kosciusko, Mississippi


Weddings in Film & TV

Wedding of Interest

Jan 14 NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio weds actress Marilyn Monroe (27) in her 2nd marriage at San Francisco City Hall

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 11 Emmy Arbous, Dutch actress/cabaret performer (Boefje), dies at 56
  • Jan 18 Sydney Greenstreet, British actor (Casablanca, Maltese Falcon), dies at 74
  • Jan 31 Florence Bates, actress (Kismet, I Remember Mama), dies at 65