On This Day in Film & TV for August 5

Events in Film & TV

  • 1921 KDKA Pittsburgh presents first radio broadcast of MLB; Pirates beat Phillies, 8-0; Harold Arlin first play-by-play broadcaster
  • 1926 Harry Houdini stays in a coffin under water for 1½ hrs before escaping
  • 1953 "From Here to Eternity" based on book by James Jones, directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift and Frank Sinatra is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1954)
  • 1956 KUAM TV channel 8 in Agana, GU (CBS/ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1956 WCYB TV channel 5 in Bristol-Kingsport, Virginia (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1957 "American Bandstand" premieres on network TV (ABC)
  • 1968 WMCV (now WZTV) TV channel 17 in Nashville, TN (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 1969 The UVF plant their first bomb in the Republic of Ireland, damaging the RTÉ Television Centre in Dublin
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Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1920 Actor John Barrymore (38) marries second wife author and actress Blanche Oelrichs (29) (divorced 1928)
  • 1956 Actress-singer Shirley Jones (22) weds film and stage actor-singer Jack Cassidy (29)
  • 1964 Film director Mel Brooks (38) weds actress Anne Bancroft (32) at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau

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