On This Day in Film & TV for December 9

Events in Film & TV

  • 1724 Colley Cibber's play "Caesar in Egypt" premieres in London
  • 1960 1st broadcast of "Coronation Street" on British ITV
  • 1965 "A Charlie Brown Christmas", the first Peanuts animated special premieres on CBS in the US
  • 1968 KRNE TV channel 12 in Merriman, NB (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 Terence O'Neill, Northern Ireland Prime Minister, makes a television appeal for moderate opinion in what became known as the 'Ulster stands at the Crossroads' speech
  • 1988 NY Yankees sign 12-year television contract with MSG for $500M
  • 1988 Premiere of fact based crime drama film "Mississippi Burning"
  • 1990 23rd NAACP Image Awards: "Coming to America" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
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Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1953 Entertainer Milton Berle (45) marries for the third time Ruth Cosgrove (32)
  • 1989 "Baywatch" actor David Hasselhoff (37) weds actress Pamela Bach (26) at the Little Brown Church in Studio City, California
  • 2005 "Bourne" actor Matt Damon (35) weds Argentine-born Luciana Barrosa (29) at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau near New York City Hall

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 1982 American actors Mary-Beth & William Hurt divorce, after 10 years of marriage

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Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1692 William Mountfort, English actor and dramatist, dies at approximately 38
  • 1944 Laird Cregar, actor (Charley's Aunt, Hangover Square), dies at 28
  • 1976 Nino Martini, Italian actor (The Gay Desperado, Here's to Romance), dies from a heart attack at 71
  • 1979 Fulton J. Sheen, American archbishop and religious broadcaster (Life is Worth Living), dies in NYC at 84
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