On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for August 7

Events in Film & TV

  • 1955 KSTF TV channel 10 in Scottsbluff-Gering, NB (CBS/NBC) begins
  • 1970 WDHN TV channel 18 in Dothan, AL (ABC) begins broadcasting

Music releaseMusic Recording

1985 Barbra Streisand records "Broadway Album"

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand

Music concertMusic Concert

1997 Garth Brooks performs a free concert in NYC's Central Park for HBO, later releasing it as Garth: Live from Central Park

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015 US Presidential candidate Donald Trump says in a CNN interview that news anchor Megyn Kelly had “blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever”

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

Film release premierFilm Premier

2018 "Crazy Rich Asians" first Hollywood film with all-Asian cast, starring Constance Wu, Henry Golding and Michelle Yeoh premieres in Los Angeles

Actress Constance Wu
Constance Wu
Actress Michelle Yeoh
Michelle Yeoh

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 China bans release of Winnie the Pooh movie "Christopher Robin", after character used to mock Chinese President Xi Jinping

Paramount Leader of China Xi Jinping
Paramount Leader of China
Xi Jinping
  • 2018 CW network announces Ruby Rose cast as lesbian superhero Batwoman

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1884 Billie Burke [Mary William Ethelbert Appleton], American actress (The Wizard of Oz, Merrily We Live), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1970)
  • 1885 Gordon Harker, British actor (Facts of Love, Champagne, Inspector Hornleigh), born in London, England (d. 1967)
  • 1899 Irene "Renie" Riano, English-born American actress [The Family Jewels], born in London, England (d. 1971)
  • 1902 Ann Harding, American actress (East is West, Janie), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1981)
  • 1914 Ted Moore, South African-British cinematographer (James Bond), born in Western Cape, South Africa (d. 1987)
  • 1924 Kenneth Kendall, British broadcaster (BBC News, Treasure Hunt), born in British India (d. 2012)
  • 1926 Stan Freberg, American satirist/ad executive/cartoon voice (Bertie), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1927 Carl Switzer, American actor (Our Gang, Beginner's Luck, General Spanky), born in Paris, Illinois (d. 1959)
  • 1928 Romeo Muller, American screenwriter, born in the Bronx, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1932 Edward Hardwicke, British actor (Sherlock Holmes), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • 1939 Verna Bloom, American actress (After Hours, Badge 373), born in Lynn, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • 1939 Anjanette Comer, American actress (Baby, Lepke), born in Dawson, Texas
  • 1940 Marlyn Mason, American actress (Making It, Peyton Place), born in San Fernando, California
  • 1941 Franco Columbu, Italian bodybuilder, powerlifter, actor and author (Mr. Olympia 1976, 81), born in Ollolai, Sardinia (d. 2019)
  • 1941 Howard Johnson, American jazz baritone saxophonist and tuba player (SNL band), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1942 Masa Saito, Japanese wrestler (AWA/WWF/NJPW/CWFI), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2018)
  • 1942 Garrison Keillor, American writer, humorist and radio personality (A Prairie Home Companion), born in Anoka, Minnesota
  • 1942 Tobin Bell, American actor, born in Queens, New York
  • 1944 David Rasche, American actor (Sledge Hammer), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1944 John Glover, American actor (52 Pick-Up, Something Special), born in Kingston, New York
  • 1952 Alexei Sayle, British comedian, born in Anfield, Liverpool,
  • 1954 Caroline Aaron, American actress (Crimes & Misdemeanors), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1955 Wayne Knight, American actor, born in New York City, New York
  • 1955 Gregoris Valtinos, Greek actor and director, born in Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 1960 David Duchovny, American actor (The X-Files, Californication), born in New York City, New York
  • 1963 Harold Perrineau Jr., American actor, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1964 Michael Weishan, American TV host, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1967 Charlotte Lewis, British actress (Golden Child, Pirates), born in London, England
  • 1971 Sydney Penny, American actress (Danni-New Gidget, Thorn Birds, All My Children), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1972 Greg Serano, American actor, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1974 Michael Shannon, American actor (Nocturnal Animals, Boardwalk Empire), born in Lexington, Kentucky

Person of interestCharlize Theron

1975 Charlize Theron, South African actress (Mad Max, The Cider House Rules, Monster), born in Benoni, Transvaal

  • 1978 Cirroc Lofton, American actor, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1979 Eric Johnson, American actor, born in Austin, Texas
  • 1980 Aurélie Claudel, French model, born in Laxou, France
  • 1983 Tina O'Brien, British actress, born in Manchester, England
  • 1996 Tessa Allen, American actress, born in Manhattan Beach, California

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

1936 Animator William Hanna (26) weds Violet Blanch Wogatzke (23)

Animator William Hanna
William Hanna

LoveWedding of Interest

1966 Latin music king Xavier Cugat (60) weds singer Charo (20) at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

Actress Charo

LoveWedding of Interest

1974 Actress Faye Dunaway weds Peter Wolf of J. Geils Band

Actress Faye Dunaway
Faye Dunaway

LoveWedding of Interest

1987 "Magnum, P.I." actor Tom Selleck (42) weds actress and dancer Jillie Mack (29) in Incline Village, Nevada

LoveWedding of Interest

1995 Rapper LL Cool J (27) weds Simone Johnson

Actor and Rapper LL Cool J
Actor and Rapper
LL Cool J
  • 2004 "The Wonder Years" actor Fred Savage (28) weds commercial real estate agent Jennifer Stone (31) in Los Angeles

LoveWedding of Interest

2010 British pop star Robbie Williams (36) weds actress Ayda Field (31) in an intimate ceremony at a Beverly Hills mansion

Deaths in Film & TV

Person of interestOliver Hardy

1957 Oliver Hardy, American comedian (Laurel & Hardy films), dies at 65

Comic Actor Oliver Hardy
Comic Actor
Oliver Hardy
  • 1972 Joi Lansing [Joyce Brown], American model, film and television actress, and nightclub singer (Touch of Evil, Bob Cummings Show), dies of cancer at 43
  • 1976 Cecil Weston, South African-born actress (Dude Ranch, Huckleberry Finn), dies at 86
  • 1985 Grayson Hall [Shirley Grossman], American actress (The Night of the Iguana, Dark Shadows), dies of cancer at 62
  • 1990 Eva Sully Block, actress (Kid Millions), dies of heart failure at 88
  • 1991 Billy James, New Zealand comedian and singer (Billy T. James Show), dies of heart failure at 42
  • 1992 John Anderson, American actor (Psycho, Ride the High Country, Legend of Wyatt Earp), dies of heart attack at 69
  • 1994 Robert Hutton [Winne], American actor (Torture Garden, Rocket), dies at 74
  • 1994 Larry Martyn, comedy actor (b. 1934)
  • 1996 Anne Kristen, actress (Truth or Dare, Rachel-Dr Finlay), dies at 59
  • 1999 Brion James, American actor (b. 1945)
  • 1999 Brian Connell, British writer and broadcaster, dies at 83

Person of interestPeter Jennings

2005 Peter Jennings, Canadian-American news anchor (ABC Evening News), dies of lung cancer at 67

Journalist and T.V. News Anchor Peter Jennings
Journalist and T.V. News Anchor
Peter Jennings
  • 2007 Ernesto Alonso, Mexican actor, director and producer. (b. 1917)
  • 2009 Gerard van den Berg, Dutch TV host (Like Father, Like Son), dies at 76
  • 2010 Manon Alving, Dutch actress (The Assault, Short American), dies at 87
  • 2012 Judith Crist, American film critic (TV Guide, Today), dies at 90
  • 2013 Kelly Garrett, American actress and singer (The Night That Made America Famous), dies of cancer at 69