On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for August 16

Events in Film & TV

  • 1930 The first color sound cartoon "Fiddlesticks" by Ub Iwerks (ex Walt Disney studio) is released
  • 1953 KTAL TV channel 6 in Shreveport-Texarkana, LA (NBC) begins
  • 1967 WFIQ TV channel 36 in Florence, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1969 WATL TV channel 36 in Atlanta, GA begins broadcasting
  • 1973 5th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Sheraton Hotel, Harbor Island

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

1985 CBS' premiere of its TV adaptation of "Death of A Salesman", starring Dustin Hoffman and John Malkovich

  • 1994 Shauna Gambill, 17, of California, crowned 12th Miss Teen USA

Historic DiscoveryHurricane Katrina

2016 "When the Levees Broke" documentary directed by Spike Lee, of effects of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans, premieres at New Orleans Arena

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A section of New Orleans, Louisiana is flooded after Hurricane Katrina in 2005
A section of New Orleans, Louisiana is flooded after Hurricane Katrina in 2005
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Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017 Emma Stone is the year's highest-paid actress with $26 million, according to Forbes

Actress Emma Stone
Emma Stone

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Scarlett Johansson is the world's best-paid actress of the year earning $40.5 million according to Forbes

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1885 Charles Carson, British actor (Cry the Beloved Country), born in London, England (d. 1977)
  • 1895 Lucien Littlefield, American actor (Blondie), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1960)
  • 1895 Liane Haid, Austrian actress (Lady Hamilton), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2000)
  • 1899 Glenn Strange, American actor (Sam the Bartender-Gunsmoke), born in Weed, New Mexico (d. 1973)
  • 1900 Walter Kinsella, American actor (Martin Kane Private Eye), born in NYC, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1910 Mae Clarke [Violet Mary Klotz], American actress (Frankenstein, Waterloo Bridge), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1992)
  • 1920 Charles Bukowski, German-born American columnist (Notes of a Dirty Old Man) and writer (Hollywood: A Novel) who was described as a "laureate of American lowlife", born in Andernach, Weimar Republic Germany (d. 1994)
  • 1925 Fess Parker, American actor (Davy Crockett, Old Yeller), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2010)
  • 1928 Ann Blyth, American actress and singer (Kismet, Mildred Pierce), born in Mount Kisco, New York
  • 1929 Fritz Von Erich, American professional wrestler (d. 1997)
  • 1930 Frank Gifford, American NFL halfback (NY Giants)/ABC sportscaster, born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2015)
  • 1930 Robert Culp, American actor, screenwriter, voice actor, and director (I Spy, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice), born in Oakland, California (d. 2010)
  • 1933 Julie Newmar, American actress (Catwoman-Batman, Living Doll), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1934 John Standing, British actor (Edward-Lime Street), born in London, England
  • 1934 Ketty Lester [Revoyda Frierson], American singer/actress (Love Letters), born in Hope, Arkansas
  • 1934 Pierre Richard, French actor and director (The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe), born in Valenciennes, Nord, France
  • 1935 Betsy von Furstenberg, Nelheim Ger, actress (Machine Calls it Murder)
  • 1936 Anita Gillette, American actress (Quincy ME, Marathon, Moonstruck), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1936 Gary Clarke, actor (Hondo, Virginian, Michael Shayne), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1937 Lorraine Gary, American actress (Jaws, Jaws 2, Jaws 4), born in NYC, New York
  • 1939 Carol Shelley, actress (Gwendolyn Pidgeon-Odd Couple), born in London, England
  • 1945 Bob Balaban, American actor and director (2010, Girlfriends, Gosford Park), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1946 Lesley Ann Warren, American actress (Cinderella, Mission Impossible), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 Dick Murdoch, American professional wrestler (d. 1996)
  • 1949 Naseeruddin Shah, Indian actor (Zinda Bhaag, Masoom, Paar), born in Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh
  • 1950 Marshall Manesh, Iranian-born American actor
  • 1952 Reginald Veljohnson, actor (Carl Winslow-Family Matters, Die Hard)
  • 1953 Catlin O'Heaney, American actress (Snow White-Charmings), born in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin
  • 1953 Kathie Lee Gifford, American TV presenter (Live with Regis & Kathie Lee, Today show), born in Paris, France,

Person of interestJames Cameron

1954 James Cameron, Canadian film director and writer (Titanic, Avatar), born in Kapuskasing, Ontario

Film Director James Cameron
Film Director
James Cameron
  • 1957 Laura Innes, American actress and director (ER, The Event), born in Pontiac, Michigan
  • 1958 Angela Bassett, American actress (What's Love Got to Do With It), born in NYC, New York
  • 1958 Jonathan Prince, Beverly Hills Pa, actor (Danny-Alice, Pray TV)

Person of interestMadonna

1958 Madonna [Ciccone], American singer and actress (Like a Virgin), born in Bay City, Michigan

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
  • 1960 Timothy Hutton, American actor (Turk 182, Ordinary People), born in Malibu, California
  • 1962 Steve Carell, American actor and comedian (The Office), born in Concord, Massachusetts
  • 1967 Ulrika Jonsson, Swedish television personality
  • 1968 Donovan Leitch Jr., American actor (I Shot Andy Warhol) and musician (Camp Freddy), born in London, England
  • 1969 Andy Milder, American voice actor
  • 1970 Manisha Koirala, Indian actress
  • 1970 Saif Ali Khan, Indian actor
  • 1972 Frankie Boyle, Scottish comedian, born in Pollokshaws, Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • 1975 George Stults, American actor, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1975 Taika Waititi, New Zealand film director (Boy, Thor: Ragnarok), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1977 Tamer Hosny, Egyptian singer and actor, born in Cairo, Egypt
  • 1982 Cam Gigandet, American actor, born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1983 Colin Griffiths, English TV presenter and DJ, born in Kent, United Kingdom
  • 1985 Agnes Bruckner, American actress, born in Hollywood, Los Angeles
  • 1986 Shawn Pyfrom, American actor, born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1987 Kyal Marsh, Australian actor, born in Clare, South Australia
  • 1988 Kevin Schmidt, American actor, born in Andover, Kansas
  • 1991 Evanna Lynch, Irish actress, born in Termonfeckin, Republic of Ireland
  • 1991 Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse, Canadian actress, born in Montreal, Quebec

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

1902 Filmmaker Cecil B DeMille (21) weds actress Constance Adams (28) in Orange, New Jersey

Filmmaker and Director Cecil B. DeMille
Filmmaker and Director
Cecil B. DeMille

LoveWedding of Interest

1983 American singer-songwriter Paul Simon (41) weds American actress and writer Carrie Fisher (26); divorce 1984

Actress Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher

LoveWedding of Interest

1985 Singer Madonna weds actor Sean Penn on her 27th birthday

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Actor and Political Activist Sean Penn
Actor and Political Activist
Sean Penn

LoveWedding of Interest

1992 Comedian Janeane Garofalo (27) weds writer Robert Cohen in Las Vegas

Stand-Up Comedian Janeane Garofalo
Stand-Up Comedian
Janeane Garofalo

LoveWedding of Interest

2008 "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" talk show host Ellen DeGeneres (54) weds actress Portia de Rossi (39) in Beverly Hills, California

Comedian and TV Star Ellen DeGeneres
Comedian and TV Star
Ellen DeGeneres

Divorces in Film & TV

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1968 Singer and actor Frank Sinatra and 3rd wife actress Mia Farrow divorce after 2 years of marriage

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1951 Louis Jouvet, French actor (Volpone, Topaze, La Marseillaise), dies from a heart attack at 63

Person of interestBela Lugosi

1956 Bela Lugosi, actor (Dracula), dies of heart attack at 73

  • 1958 Paul Panzer, German-American silent film actor (The Perils of Pauline, Mildred Pierce, Hotel Berlin), dies at 85
  • 1964 Jack Pennick, American actor (Lady From Louisiana), dies at 68
  • 1966 Jack Mather, actor (Cisco Kid), dies of heart attack at 58
  • 1969 Russell "Russ" Bender, American actor and writer (Amazing Colossal Man, Space Monster, It Conquered the World), dies at 59
  • 1971 Elsie Baker, actress (Ghosts of Hanley House), dies at 78
  • 1971 Spyros Skouras, Greek-born American movie executive (20th Century Fox), dies at 78
  • 1973 Veda Ann Borg, American model and actress (Kid Galahad, Avalanche, Accomplice), dies of cancer at 58
  • 1989 Amanda Blake [Beverly Louise Neill], American actress (Gunsmoke), dies at 60
  • 1990 Pat O'Connor, New Zealand professional wrestler (b. 1925)
  • 1991 Robert DiMatte Jr, stage director/actor, dies at 43
  • 1993 Stewart Granger, English actor (Prisoner of Zenda, King Solomon's Mines), dies of cancer at 80
  • 1993 Tom Fuccella, actor (Paul-One Life to Live), dies of AIDs at 56
  • 1994 John Doucette, American actor (The Lone Ranger, Lock Up, Big Town), dies of cancer at 73
  • 1995 John Cameron Swayze, American newscaster (Timex, Hindenberg), dies at 89
  • 1996 Eric Cullen, actor (Huntington Tower), dies at 31
  • 1997 Gerard McLarnon, British-Irish actor and writer (The Wrestler's Honeymoon), dies at 82
  • 2002 Jeff Corey [Arthur Zwerling], American actor (Getting Straight, Superman & Mole Men), dies at 88
  • 2004 Acquanetta [Mildred Davenport], American actress nicknamed "The Venezuelan Volcano" (Tarzan & Leopard Woman), dies at 83
  • 2005 Joe Ranft, American screenwriter and animator (Toy Story, Cars), dies at 45
  • 2007 The Missing Link, professional wrestler (b. 1939)
  • 2012 William Windom, American actor, dies from heart failure at 88
  • 2019 Peter Fonda, American actor (Easy Rider, Ulee's Gold), dies at 79
  • 2019 Anna Quayle, British actress (A Hard Day's Night, Stop the World - I want to Get Off), dies at 86