On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for August 31

Events in Film & TV

InventionHistoric Invention

1897 Thomas Edison patents the Kinetoscope [kinetographic camera], a device which produces moving pictures

Inventor Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison
  • 1941 Great Gildersleeve, a spin-off of Fibber McGee & Molly debuts on NBC
  • 1946 Foghorn Leghorn, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Robert McKimson and Warren Foster, (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Walky Talky Hawky"
  • 1953 KRBC TV channel 9 in Abilene, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 WKBG (now WLVI) TV channel 56 in Cambridge-Boston, MA (IND) begins
  • 1954 WMTW TV channel 8 in Portland-Poland Spring, ME (ABC) begins
  • 1955 KTRE TV channel 9 begins broadcasting in Lufkin, Texas (ABC/NBC affiliate)
  • 1966 "The Battle of Algiers", directed by Gillo Pontecorvo, starring Jean Martin, Saadi Yacef, premieres at the Vienna International Film Festival
  • 1970 WKMJ TV channel 68 in Louisville, Kentucky (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

1983 40th Venice Film Festival: "First Name: Carmen" directed by Jean-Luc Godard wins Golden Lion

Director Jean-Luc Godard
Jean-Luc Godard

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

1987 Michael Jackson's "Bad" video premieres on CBS TV

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • 1992 44th Emmy Awards: Northern Exposure (best drama & drama writing),Christopher Lloyd (Road To Avalonlea) & Dana Delany (China Beach) win

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

1993 50th Venice Film Festival: "Short Cuts" directed by Robert Altman and "Three Colors: Blue" directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski jointly awarded Golden Lion

Film Director Robert Altman
Film Director
Robert Altman

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

2005 62nd Venice Film Festival: "Brokeback Mountain" directed by Ang Lee wins Golden Lion

Filmmaker Ang Lee
Ang Lee

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2009 The Walt Disney Company announces it will acquire Marvel Entertainment for $4.24 billion

Comic-Book Artist and Marvel Creative Leader Stan Lee
Comic-Book Artist and Marvel Creative Leader
Stan Lee
  • 2011 68th Venice Film Festival: "Faust" directed by Alexander Sokurov wins Golden Lion

Film release premierFilm Premier

2012 "Argo" directed by Ben Affleck and starring Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman premieres at the Telluride Film Festival (Best Picture 2013)

Film release premierFilm Premier

2018 "A Star is Born" film remake directed by and starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga premieres at the Venice Film Festival

Singer-Songwriter Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga
Actor Bradley Cooper
Bradley Cooper

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1892 Claire DuBrey, American actress (Lightnin' in the Forest), born in Bonner's Ferry, Idaho (d. 1993)

Person of interestFredric March

1897 Fredric March, American actor (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Best Years of Our Lives), born in Racine, Wisconsin (d. 1975)

  • 1900 Roland Culver, English actor (Thunderball, Encore), born in London, England (d. 1984)

Person of interestArthur Godfrey

1903 Arthur Godfrey, American radio and TV host (Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scout), born in NYC, New York (d. 1983)

Radio and TV Host Arthur Godfrey
Radio and TV Host
Arthur Godfrey
  • 1905 Dore Schary, American producer, writer and director (Act 1, Boys Town, Big City), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1958)
  • 1905 Sanford Meisner, American actor and teacher, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1914 Richard Basehart, American actor (Voyage to Bottom of Sea), born in Zanesville, Ohio (d. 1984)
  • 1916 Daniel Schorr, American broadcast journalist (CBS), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1920 James Lanphier, American actor (Flight of Lost Balloon), born in Hempstead, New York (d. 1969)
  • 1923 Larry Grayson, British comedian (Generation Game), born in Banbury, Oxfordshire, England (d. 1995)
  • 1924 Buddy [Leonard] Hackett, comedian (God's Little Acre, Music Man), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1928 James Coburn, American actor (Our Man Flint, Magnificent Seven), born in Laurel, Nebraska (d. 2002)
  • 1931 Noble Willingham, American actor (Walker, Texas Ranger, The Corndog Man), born in Mineola, Texas (d. 2004)
  • 1934 Nikos Xanthopoulos, Greek actor
  • 1937 Guido de Moor, Dutch actor (Apart, Because the Cats)
  • 1937 Warren Berlinger, actor (Larry-Joey Bishop Shop, Take Two), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1940 Jack Thompson [John Payne], Australian actor (Breaker Morant, The Man from Snowy River), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1941 Henk Terlingen, Dutch radio/TV-host (Paul Meier Show)
  • 1942 Carole Wells, actress (Pistols 'n' Petticoats), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1942 Barnyard Dawg [George P Dog], Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Robert McKimson (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Walky Talky Hawky"
  • 1944 Jos LeDuc, Canadian professional wrestler (d. 1999)
  • 1947 Mona Marshall, American voice actress
  • 1948 Lowell Ganz, American screenwriter

Person of interestRichard Gere

1949 Richard Gere, actor (Breathless, Cotton Club, Pretty Woman), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • 1959 Rachel Dennison, actress (Doralee Rhodes-9 to 5), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1962 Dee Bradley Baker, American voice actor, born in Bloomington, Indiana
  • 1963 Todd Carty, Irish actor
  • 1965 Daniel Bernhardt, Swiss actor
  • 1965 Céline Bonnier, French Canadian actress
  • 1968 Jim Bob Howard, American actor (Flash and Bone), born in Wichita Falls, Texas
  • 1969 Jonathan LaPaglia, Australian actor
  • 1970 Zack Ward, Canadian actor
  • 1971 Chris Tucker, American stand-up comedien and actor (Rush Hour), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1975 Takahiro Suwa, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1977 Jeff Hardy, American professional wrestler
  • 1978 Phina Oruche, British actress
  • 1979 Mickie James, American professional wrestler (WWE Women's Champion 2006), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1981 Joe Swanberg, American filmmaker

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

1940 "Wuthering Heights" actor Laurence Olivier (33) weds "Gone With The Wind" actress Vivien Leigh (26)

LoveWedding of Interest

2010 Actress Leelee Sobieski (27) weds fashion designer Adam Kimmel in Italy

  • 2014 Model and TV host Jenny McCarthy (41) weds singer Donnie Wahlberg (45) at the Hotel Baker in St. Charles, Illinois
  • 2014 Singer-songwriter Ashlee Simpson (29) weds "Hunger Games" actor Evan Ross (26) in Greenwich, Connecticut

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1940 Johanna "Annie" Bakker, revue-artists/singer/actress, dies at 58
  • 1948 Billy Laughlin, American child actor (Froggy- Our Gang), dies in a car accident at 16
  • 1959 Charles Delaney, American actor (Air Police, Lonesome Trail), dies at 67
  • 1967 Michael Fitzmaurice, American radio actor (Superman, Reported Missing, 14 Hours), dies of lymphoma at 59
  • 1968 Dennis O'Keefe, American actor (Suspicion), dies of lung cancer at 60

Person of interestJohn Ford

1973 John Ford, American director (Stagecoach, The Searchers), dies at 78

Film director John Ford
Film director
John Ford
  • 1973 Raymond Keane, American actor (Midnight Sun, Love Eagle), dies at 66
  • 1975 Pierre Blaise, French actor (Lacombe Lucien), dies at 24
  • 1979 Sally Rand, American burlesque dancer, vedette and actress known for her ostrich feather fan and balloon bubble dances, dies at 75
  • 1991 Gerry Davis, British screenwriter (Dr Who), dies at 61
  • 1995 David Farrar, English actor (Beat Girl, I Accuse, Watusi), dies at 87
  • 1999 Marguerite Chapman, American actress (The Seven Year Itch, Spy Smasher, Flight to Mars), dies at 81
  • 2000 Patricia Owens, Canadian actress (b. 1925)
  • 2002 Lionel Hampton, American Jazz vibraphone player, pianist, drummer, and actor, dies from congestive heart failure at 94
  • 2004 Carl Wayne, English singer and actor (The Move), dies at 61
  • 2005 Michael Sheard, British actor (b. 1940)
  • 2007 Karloff Lagarde, Mexican professional wrestler, dies at 79
  • 2008 Jerry Reed, American country music singer (When You're Hot, You're Hot) and actor (Bat 21, Smokey & the Bandit), dies of complications from emphysema at 71
  • 2012 Max Bygraves [Walter William Bygraves], British actor (Charley Moon, Spare the Rod, Tom Brown's School Days), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 89
  • 2013 David Frost, British broadcaster, dies from a heart attack at 74
  • 2017 Richard Anderson, American actor (Oscar Goldman- The 6 Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman television series), dies at 91
  • 2020 John Thompson, American Basketball Hall of Fame center, coach and broadcaster (NBA C'ship 1965, 66, Boston Celtics; coach NCAA C'ship 1984, Georgetown), dies at 78