On This Day in Film & TV for December 1

Events in Film & TV

  • 1903 "The Great Train Robbery" the 1st Western film, released starring Justus D. Barnes and G. M. Anderson
  • 1919 AA Milne's comedy play "Mr Pim Passes By" premieres in Manchester
  • 1949 WBNG TV channel 12 in Binghamton, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1949 WKTV TV channel 2 in Utica, NY (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 Hugh Hefner publishes 1st edition of Playboy magazine, featuring Marilyn Monroe as the magazine's 1st centerfold
  • 1953 WAIM (now WAXA) TV channel 40 in Anderson, SC (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 1953 WCSH TV channel 6 in Portland, ME (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1956 Musical comedy film "The Girl Can't Help It" starring Jayne Mansfield with cameos by rock 'n' roll stars Little Richard, Eddie Cochran, and Gene Vincent premieres
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Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1982 Martial artist Jackie Chan (28) weds actress Lin Feng-jiao (29) in Los Angeles
  • 1990 Film director John Carpenter (36) weds producer Sandy King
  • 1996 Model-actress Angie Everhart (27) weds actor Ashley Hamilton (22) at the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 1994 Cindy Crawford and Richard Gere announce they are separating
  • 2008 "CSI" actress Marg Helgenberger (50) divorces actor Alan Rosenberg (58) due to irreconcilable differences after 19 years of marriage

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Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1723 Susanna Centlivre, English actress known as "the most successful female playwright of the eighteenth century", dies at 66 (approximately)
  • 1955 Chief Thundercloud [Victor Daniels], Cherokee actor (The Lone Ranger, Colt .45), dies from stomach cancer at 57
  • 1958 Patricia "Boots" Mallory, American dancer and actress (Handle With Care), dies from chronic throat disease at 45
  • 1968 Hugo Haas, Czechoslovakian actor and director (Bait, Pick Up, 2 Smart People), dies of asthma at 66
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