On This Day

July 1954 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jul 1 WDBO (now WCPX) TV channel 6 in Orlando, FL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 4 WMSL (WYUR, now WAFF) TV channel 48 in Huntsville, AL (ABC) begins
  • Jul 5 The BBC broadcasts its first television news bulletin
  • Jul 6 KMOS TV channel 6 in Sedalia-Warrensburg, MO (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 8 KMOX (now KMOV) TV channel 4 in Saint Louis, MO (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Jul 15 KOCO TV channel 5 in Oklahoma City, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 15 WBOC TV channel 16 in Salisbury, MD (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 17 Construction of Disneyland commences
  • Jul 22 WTHI TV channel 10 in Terre Haute, IN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 26 WCET TV channel 48 in Cincinnati, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film Release

Jul 28 "On the Waterfront", directed by Elia Kazan starring Marlon Brando and Eva Marie Saint, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1955)

Historic Publication

Jul 29 Publication of "Fellowship of the Ring" 1st volume of "Lord of the Rings" by J. R. R. Tolkien published by George Allen and Unwin in London


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jul 2 Wendy Schaal, American actress (It's a Living, Julie-Fantasy Is), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 4 Chang-dong Lee, South Korean filmmaker and novelist (Secret Sunshine, Poetry), born in Daegu, South Korea
  • Jul 6 Allyce Beasley, American actress (Agnes Dipesto-Moonlighting), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 6 James Kiberd, American actor (Trevor Dillon-Loving, All My Children), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Jul 11 Butch Reed, American professional wrestler
  • Jul 14 R. Sarathkumar, Indian actor (Nattamai), director and politician, born in New Delhi, India
  • Jul 17 J. Michael Straczynski, American television screenwriter, producer, comic book writer and director (Babylon 5, Jeremiah, Changeling), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • Jul 20 Moira Harris, American stage and screen actress (Steppenwolf Theater; One More Saturday Night), born in Pontiac, Michigan
  • Jul 22 Pierre Lebeau, Canadian actor
  • Jul 25 Lynne Frederick, English actress (Schizophrenia), born in Middlesex, England (d. 1994)
  • Jul 28 Bruce Abbott, American actor (Dark Justice), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Jul 29 Gary Springer, American actor (Bernice Bobs Her Hair), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 30 Ken Olin, American actor (Thirtysomething; Brothers & Sisters), and director (Alias; This Is Us), born in Chicago, Illinois

Weddings in Film & TV

Groucho Marx

Jul 17 Master of quick wit and widely considered one of the best comedians of the modern era Groucho Marx (63) weds actress Eden Hartford (24)

Steve Allen

Jul 31 American television personality and songwriter Steve Allen (32) weds American actress Jayne Meadows (33)

  • Jul 31 American comedian Steve Allen (32) weds American actress Jayne Meadows (35), in Waterford, Connecticut

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jul 6 Dirk Verbeek, Dutch actor and director (Hofstad Stage), dies at 70
  • Jul 14 Jackie Saunders, American silent screen actress (b. 1892)