On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for December 1

Events in Film & TV

  • 1949 WBNG TV channel 12 in Binghamton, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1949 WKTV TV channel 2 in Utica, NY (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 WAIM (now WAXA) TV channel 40 in Anderson, SC (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 1953 WCSH TV channel 6 in Portland, ME (NBC) begins broadcasting

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1953 Hugh Hefner publishes 1st edition of Playboy magazine, featuring Marilyn Monroe as the magazine's 1st centerfold

Actress Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe
Playboy Founder & Businessman Hugh Hefner
Playboy Founder & Businessman
Hugh Hefner

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1957 Sam Cooke, Buddy Holly and the Crickets debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show"

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly
TV Host Ed Sullivan
TV Host
Ed Sullivan
  • 1962 KGMB TV channel 9 in Honolulu, HI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1980 Mel Harris appears on M*A*S*H in "Cementing Relationships"

Film release premierFilm Premier

1982 "Tootsie" directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Dustin Hoffman and Jessica Lange premieres in Hollywood

Actor Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
Film Director, Producer and Actor Sydney Pollack
Film Director, Producer and Actor
Sydney Pollack
Actress Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange

Film release premierFilm Premier

1984 "Beverly Hills Cop" directed by Martin Brest and starring Eddie Murphy and Judge Reinhold premieres in Los Angeles

  • 1985 Noraly Beyer becomes Neth's 1st black TV newscaster

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 TV mini series "Anne of Green Gables" based on the novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery, starring Megan Follows is first shown on CBS in Canada

  • 1988 NBC bids a record $401 million to capture television broadcasting rights for the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympic Games
  • 1997 Westinghouse formally changes its name to CBS

Film release premierFilm Premier

2003 "The Return of the King", 3rd and final film in the Lord of the Rings series, directed by Peter Jackson and starring Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen premieres in Wellington, New Zealand

Film Director Peter Jackson
Film Director
Peter Jackson
Actor Elijah Wood
Elijah Wood
Actor Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
  • 2014 "The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies", 3rd and final Hobbit film, directed by Peter Jackson, starring Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen, premieres in London
  • 2018 Egyptian actress Rania Youssef charged for "inciting debauchery" after wearing see-through dress to Cairo film festival

Music releaseMusic Premiere

2018 Ariana Grande releases the music video to her single "Thank U Next", biggest ever launch on Youtube Premiere

  • 2018 World's first super-high definition 8K television channel by Japanese broadcaster NHK launches

Film release premierFilm Premier

2018 Computer-animated film "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" premieres in Los Angeles (Academy Award Best Animated Film 2019)

Actress and Singer Hailee Steinfeld
Actress and Singer
Hailee Steinfeld

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2020 Actor Elliot Page, formerly known as Ellen Page, reveals he is transgender

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1884 Torben Myer, Danish actor (Girl Who Came Back, Judgment at Nuremberg, Sullivan's Travels), born in Århus, Denmark (d. 1975)
  • 1897 Cyril Ritchard, Australian actor (Peter Pan; Hans Brinker), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1977)
  • 1907 Joel Fluellen, American actor (Porgy and Bess, Burning Cross, Learning Tree), born in Monroe, Louisiana (d. 1990)

Person of interestMary Martin

1913 Mary Martin, American actress (Peter Pan) and Larry Hagman's mom, born in Weatherford, Texas (d. 1990)

Actress Mary Martin
Mary Martin
  • 1917 William Tracy, American actor (To the Shores of Tripoli, The Shop Around the Corner), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1967)
  • 1921 Ralph Manza, American actor (Banacek, Mama Malone, Newhart), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2000)
  • 1922 Paul Picerni, American actor (The Untouchables), born in NYC, New York (d. 2011)
  • 1925 Jordan Klein, American cameraman/director (Thunderball), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1926 Keith Michell, Australian actor and theater director (6 Wives of Henry VIII), born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 2015)
  • 1926 Robert Symonds, American actor and associate director of the Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center, born in Bristow, Oklahoma (d. 2007)
  • 1929 David Doyle, American actor (Charlie's Angels, Rugrats), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1997)
  • 1929 Alan Mouncer, film director and producer
  • 1929 Dick Shawn [Richard Schulefand], American character actor and comedian (Producers, Maid to Order, Angel), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1929 Emily McLaughlin, American actress (Jessie Brewer- General Hospital), born in White Plains, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1933 Fujiko F. Fujio, Japanese cartoon artist (d. 1996)

Person of interestWoody Allen

1935 Woody Allen [Allen Konigsberg], American film director and actor (Zelig, Annie Hall), born in Brooklyn, New York

Actor, Screenwriter and Director Woody Allen
Actor, Screenwriter and Director
Woody Allen
  • 1937 Chuck Low, American actor
  • 1940 Matthias Habich, actor (Straight to the Heart, A Corps Perdu)

Person of interestRichard Pryor

1940 Richard Pryor, American comedian and actor (Lady Sings the Blues, Stir Crazy), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 2005)

Comedian and Actor Richard Pryor
Comedian and Actor
Richard Pryor
  • 1943 Nicholas Peter Negroponte, American founder/director (Media Lab at MIT), born in NYC, New York
  • 1944 Pierre Arditi, French film and stage actor

Person of interestBette Midler

1945 Bette Midler, American singer (The Rose; Wind Beneath My Wings), and actress (Ruthless People; Beaches), born in Honolulu, Hawaii

Actress and Singer Bette Midler
Actress and Singer
Bette Midler
  • 1947 Bob Fulton, Australian rugby league five eighth (35 Tests; Manly, Warrington, Easts; RL Immortal) and coach (39 Tests Australia; Manly, Easts), born in Warrington, England (d. 2021)
  • 1950 Richard Keith, Lafayette La, actor (Little Ricky-I Love Lucy)
  • 1950 Keith Thibodeaux, American actor and drummer
  • 1951 Treat Williams, Rowayton CT, actor (Flashpoint, Hair)
  • 1954 Bob Goen, TV host (Wheel of Fortune, Entertainment Tonight)
  • 1955 Pat Spillane, Irish Gaelic football left half forward and broadcaster (8 x All Ireland titles; Kerry), born in Templenoe, County Kerry, Ireland
  • 1955 Mark Thompson, American disc jockey and actor
  • 1955 Verónica Forqué, Spanish actress
  • 1956 Julee Cruise, American singer and actress
  • 1958 Charlene Tilton, American actress (Lucy Ewing - Dallas), born in San Diego, California
  • 1959 Wally Lewis, Australian rugby league five eighth, coach and broadcaster (34 Tests; Queensland 38 games; RL Immortal), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1960 Carol Alt[man], Queens NY (Mrs Ron Greshner)/actress (Private Parts)
  • 1961 Jeremy Northam, English actor (Emma, The Crown), born in Cambridge, England
  • 1962 Stan Albers, American actor (Curtis-Loving), born in Pleasant Beach, New Jersey
  • 1966 Matthew Laborteaux, actor (Killing Stone, Deadly Friend)
  • 1966 Katherine LaNasa, American actress
  • 1967 Nestor Carbonell, American actor (Luis-Suddenly Susan), born in NYC, New York
  • 1968 Justin Chadwick, British actor and director
  • 1970 Sarah Silverman, American actress and comedian
  • 1979 Angelique Bates, American Actress
  • 1982 Rizwan "Riz" Ahmed, British-Pakistani actor (The Night Of), rapper (Swet Shop Boys) and activist, born in Wembley, London
  • 1985 Janelle Monáe, American singer-songwriter (Dirty Computer) and actress (Hidden Figures), born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • 1987 Sarah Snook, Australian actress (Succession), born in Adelaide, Australia

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

1982 Martial artist Jackie Chan (28) weds actress Lin Feng-jiao (29) in Los Angeles

LoveWedding of Interest

1990 Film director John Carpenter (36) weds producer Sandy King

Horror film director John Carpenter
Horror film director
John Carpenter
  • 1996 Model-actress Angie Everhart (27) weds actor Ashley Hamilton (22) at the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles
  • 2012 "X Factor" and "Extra" host Mario Lopez (39) weds actress Courtney Mazza (31) in an outdoor ceremony in Punta Mita, Mexico

LoveWedding of Interest

2018 Singer Nick Jonas (26) and actress Priyanka Chopra (36) marry at Umaid Bhavan Palace, Jodhpur, India

Actress and Model Priyanka Chopra
Actress and Model
Priyanka Chopra
Singer-songwriter Nick Jonas
Nick Jonas

Divorces in Film & TV

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

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

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
  • 1980 Sam Levene, American Broadway actor (Purple Heart, Designing Women), dies at 75
  • 1991 Byron Webster, actor (That Man Bolt), dies of AIDS at 58
  • 1998 Freddie Young, British cinematographer (Lawrence of Arabia), dies at 96
  • 2001 Ellis R Dungan, American born Indian film director (b. 1909)
  • 2005 Jack Colvin, American actor (Incredible Hulk), dies at 71
  • 2006 Claude Jade, French actress (Stolen Kisses), dies at 58
  • 2007 Anton Rodgers, British actor (b. 1933)
  • 2008 Paul Benedict, American actor (Harry-Jeffersons), dies at 70
  • 2009 Ramses Shaffy, Dutch singer and cabaret actor (Zaak MP, Liefdesbekentenissen), dies at 76
  • 2009 Éva Szörényi, Hungarian actress and freedom activist for Hungary, dies at 92
  • 2013 Martin Sharp, Australian cartoonist, album cover artist songwriter (Cream), and filmmaker, dies of emphysema at 71
  • 2018 Kenneth "Ken" Berry, American actor (F Troop, Mayberry RFD, Mama's Family), dies at 85
  • 2019 Shelley Morrison, American actress (General Hospital, Will & Grace), dies at 83