On This Day in Film & TV for April 2

Events in Film & TV

  • 1902 "Electric Theatre", the first full-time movie theater in the United States, opens in Los Angeles, California
  • 1932 "Tarzan the Ape Man" released starring Olympic swimmer Johnny Weissmuller in the first of his 12 Tarzan films
  • 1950 WTAR (now WTKR) TV channel 3 in Norfolk, VA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 Plans to build Disneyland 1st announced [see Jan 26]
  • 1956 Soap operas "As the World Turns" & "Edge of Night" premiere on TV
  • 1960 KPEC TV channel 56 in Lakewood Center-Tacoma, WA (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1966 WJET TV channel 24 in Erie, PA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 "2001 A Space Odyssey" directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood, premieres at the Uptown Theater in Washington, D.C.
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Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1967 British–American actress Lynn Redgrave (24) marries British actor John Clark (34); divorce in 2000
  • 1975 Actress Jane Curtin (27) weds television producer Patrick Lynch
  • 2004 Actress Jill Whelan (38) weds Michael Chaykowsky aboard the Caribbean Princess cruise ship in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 2010 "Wayne's World" actress Tia Carrere (43) divorces British photojournalist Simon Wakelin due to irreconcilable differences after 7 years of marriage

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Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1956 Chester Clute, actor (Niagara Falls), dies at 65
  • 1959 Benjamin Christensen, Danish actor (Barnet, Mockery) and film director (Häxan), dies at 79
  • 1961 August Defresne, Dutch playwright and director (Anno Christi 969), dies at 67
  • 1969 Fortunio Bonanova, actor (My Best Gal, Havana Rose), dies at 74
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