On This Day in Film & TV for August 1

Events in Film & TV

  • 1927 Earliest date for a film to be considered for the Academy Awards
  • 1934 2nd Venice Film Festival opens
  • 1953 KMBC TV channel 9 in Kansas City, Missouri (MET/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 KOBI TV channel 5 in Medford, Oregon (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 WKBT TV channel 8 in La Crosse, WI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1955 WILL TV channel 12 in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1956 KRCR TV channel 7 in Redding-Chico, California (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1959 WAAY TV channel 31 in Huntsville, AL (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1963 WQAD TV channel 8 in Moline, Illinois (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1967 WBRA TV channel 15 in Roanoke, VA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 WXIX TV channel 19 in Cincinnati-Newport, OH (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1970 KTSD TV channel 10 in Pierre, SD (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1970 2nd San Diego Comic-Con International opens at U.S. Grant Hotel
  • 1971 CBS presents Masterpiece Theatre's 6 Wives of Henry VIII
  • 1979 12th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at U.S. Grant Hotel
  • 1981 MTV premieres at 12:01 AM
  • 1985 18th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Hotel San Diego

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Actress Hedy Lamarr, aged 77 is arrested for shoplifting in Florida

Actress and Inventor Hedy Lamarr
Actress and Inventor
Hedy Lamarr
  • 1992 NBC's "Saturday Today" premieres
  • 1993 Walter Koenig, Chekov of Star Trek, suffers a heart attack
  • 1995 Westinghouse purchases CBS-TV network
  • 1996 M2, MTV's second TV channel is launched

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1996 George R.R. Martin publishes the epic fantasy novel "A Game of Thrones", the first in his series "A Song of Ice and Fire"

  • 2002 35th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1867 William Orlamond, Danish actor (Flesh and the Devil, The Wind), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1957)
  • 1910 Walter Scharf, American film composer, born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1912 Henry Jones, American actor (Vertigo, Phyllis, Falcon Crest, Gun Shy), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
  • 1920 Jeffrey Segal, British actor and playwright (Dad's Army, Traitors), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • 1922 Arthur Hill, Canadian actor (Owen Marshall, Glitter), born in Melfort, Saskatchewan, Canada (d. 2006)
  • 1922 Paul Lambert, American character actor (Executive Suite, Spartacus), born in El Paso, Texas (d. 1997)
  • 1924 Marcia Mae Jones, American actress (Frankie Darro, The Cisco), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2007)
  • 1930 Geoffrey Holder, Trinidadian-American actor, choreographer, singer, director and painter (Annie, The Wiz), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (d. 2014)
  • 1930 Julie Bovasso, American actress (Willie & Phil, Just Me & You), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1932 Meena Kumari, Indian film actress (Parineeta), born in Dadar, Mumbai, India (d. 1972)
  • 1933 Dom DeLuise, American comedian (End, Cannonball Run, Fatso), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1933 Jesse Corti, Venezuelan-American voice actor and comedian, born in Venezuela
  • 1936 Laurie Taylor, English sociologist and broadcaster (BBC Radio 4), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1941 Étienne Roda-Gil, French songwriter and screenwriter, born in Septfonds, Tarn-et-Garonne, France (d. 2004)
  • 1942 Giancarlo Giannini, Italian actor (Love and Anarchy) born in La Spezia, Italy
  • 1947 Rick Anderson, American actor and rock bassist (Tubes), born in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • 1949 Nigel Finch, English TV director and film-maker, born in Tenterden, Kent (d. 1995)
  • 1952 Brian Patrick Clarke, American actor (Merle-Eight is Enough), born in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1957 Laura Johnson, American actress (Falcon Crest), born in Burbank, California
  • 1957 Brad Stephen "Taylor" Negron, American actor and writer (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Easy Money), born in Glendale, California (d. 2015)
  • 1958 Adrian Dunbar, Northern Irish actor (Hear My Song), born in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
  • 1961 Mark "Red" Mitchell, American actor (JFK, 8 Seconds, I Want to Live), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1994)
  • 1963 Demián Bichir, Mexican-American actor (A Better Life), born in Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico
  • 1963 John Carroll Lynch, American actor (Shutter Island, Gran Torino), born in Boulder, Colorado
  • 1964 Rob Camilletti, American actor (Born on the Fourth of July), born in Queens, New York
  • 1965 Sam Mendes, British stage and film director, born in Reading, Berkshire, England
  • 1969 David Wain, American actor and director (Wet Hot American Summer), born in Shaker Heights, Ohio
  • 1972 D-Von Dudley, American professional wrestler, born in New Rochelle, New York
  • 1972 Tanya Reid, Canadian actress (Exit to Eden), born in Dryden, Ontario, Canada
  • 1973 Tempestt Bledsoe, American actress (Vanessa Huxtable-Cosby Show), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1973 Eduardo Noriega, Spanish actor (Open Your Eyes), born in Santander, Cantabria, Spain
  • 1973 Les Hill, Australian actor (Underbelly), born in Randwick, Australia
  • 1975 Mandy Leigh, American actress (Bloodscent), born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1979 Jason Momoa, American actor (Game of Thrones), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1979 Honeysuckle Weeks, Welsh actress (Foyle's War), born in Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales
  • 1981 Ashley Parker Angel, American singer and actor, born in Redding, California
  • 1982 Ai Tominaga, Japanese model and actress, born in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • 1984 Valery Ortiz, Puerto Rican actress (Hit the Floor), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1990 Landry Allbright, American actress (Bridget Forrester in Bold & Beautiful), born in San Dimas, California
  • 1998 Khamani Griffin, American actor (All Of Us, Daddy Day Care), born in Oakland, California

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1942 Actress Janet Leigh (14) weds childhood sweetheart John Kenneth Carlisle (18) in Reno, Nevada

Actress Janet Leigh
Actress
Janet Leigh

HeartWedding of Interest

1951 Actor Max Von Sydow (22) weds actress Christina Olin

HeartWedding of Interest

1986 Tennis ace John McEnroe marries actress Tatum O'Neal

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe

HeartWedding of Interest

2009 Fashion model Rhea Durham (34) weds actor and producer Mark Wahlberg (41) at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Beverly Hills

Actor & Former Rapper Mark Wahlberg
Actor & Former Rapper
Mark Wahlberg
  • 2009 "Heroes" actress Ali Larter (33) weds stand-up comedian and actor Hayes MacArthur (32) in Kennebunkport, Maine

HeartWedding of Interest

2009 Actress-comedian Mary Lynn Rajskub (38) weds personal trainer Matthew Rolph in an impromptu wedding in Las Vegas

HeartWedding of Interest

2010 "Dawson's Creek" actor James Van Der Beek (33) weds business consultant Kimberly Brook at the Kabbalah Center in Tel Aviv, Israel

  • 2015 Actor Declan Donnelly weds Ali Astall at St Michael's Roman Catholic Church in Elswick, Tyne and Wear

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1976 Actress Elizabeth Taylor's 6th divorce from actor Richard Burton (their 2nd divorce together)


Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1821 Elizabeth Inchbald [Simpson], English actress and author (Lovers' Vows, Lady Abbess), dies at 68
  • 1970 Frances Farmer, American actress (Son of Fury, Flowing Gold, Among the Living), dies from esophageal cancer at 56
  • 1975 Howard Joslin, American actor (Quebec, Detective Story), dies at 68

Person of interestStrother Martin

1980 Strother Martin, American actor (Cool Hand Luke, Slapshot), dies of heart attack at 61

  • 1981 Paddy Chayefsky, screenwriter (Network, Hospital) dies of cancer at 58
  • 1983 Peter Arne, actor (Straw Dogs), bludgeoned to death in London at 62
  • 1987 Benson Fong, American actor (Charlie Chan, Purple Heart), dies at 70
  • 1987 Pola Negri, actress (Forbidden Paradise), dies at 92
  • 1988 Florence Eldridge, Broadway actress (The Swan), dies at 86
  • 1988 Trindad Silva, actor (Hill St Blues), dies at 38 in an auto accident
  • 1991 Stuart Wilson, actor (The Girl Who Had Everything), dies at 87
  • 1992 Kenny Sacha, actor (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), dies of AIDS at 39
  • 1995 Loudi Nijhoff, Dutch actress (Alicia, Van Geluk Gesproken), dies
  • 1998 Eva Bartok, Hungarian-born actress (Crimson Pirate), dies at 72
  • 2003 Marie Trintignant, French actress (b. 1962)
  • 2010 Robert F. Boyle, American production designer and art director, dies at 100