On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for February 1

Events in Film & TV

  • 1887 Harvey Wilcox of Ks subdivides 120 acres he owned in Southern California & starts selling it off as a real estate development (Hollywood)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1893 Thomas Edison completes worlds 1st movie studio at West Orange, New Jersey

Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison

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1923 Noël Coward's "Young Idea" premieres in London

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • 1929 "The Broadway Melody" directed by Harry Beaumont and starring Bessie Love is released. 1st film with sound to win an Oscar (Outstanding Picture 1930)
  • 1940 NBC performs the first inter-city television broadcast from its station in New York City to another in Schenectady, New York by General Electric relay antennas.
  • 1953 "General Electric Theater" premieres on CBS TV; Ronald Reagan later hosts

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

1953 "You Are There" with Walter Cronkite premieres on CBS television

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite
  • 1953 WEEK TV channel 25 in Peoria, IL (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 1st TV soap opera "Secret Storm" premieres
  • 1956 WSAV TV channel 3 in Savannah, GA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1958 WFTV TV channel 9 in Orlando, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1959 WVUE TV channel 8 in New Orleans, LA (ABC) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1965 Peter Jennings, 26, becomes anchor of ABC's nightly news

Journalist and T.V. News Anchor Peter Jennings
Journalist and T.V. News Anchor
Peter Jennings
  • 1967 WCLP TV channel 18 in Chatsworth, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1969 WPGH TV channel 53 in Pittsburgh, PA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1970 WMAA TV channel 29 in Jackson, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1976 "Rich Man, Poor Man" mini-series premieres on ABC TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 Sonny & Cher resume TV show, despite real-life divorce

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
Cher
  • 1980 Sears Radio Theater moves from CBS to Mutual Broadcasting System
  • 1980 Soap opera "Love of Life" ends a 28 year run

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1982 "Late Night With David Letterman" debuts on NBC-TV, Bill Murray is first guest

Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman
Actor/Comedian Bill Murray
Actor/Comedian
Bill Murray
  • 1995 Belgium's TV channel VT4 goes on the air

Music concertMusic Concert

2004 Wardrobe malfunction: Janet Jackson's breast is exposed during the half-time show of Super Bowl XXXVIII, resulting in US broadcasters adopting a stronger adherence to FCC censorship guidelines.

Film release premierFilm Release

2013 "House of Cards", starring Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood and Robin Wright as his wife, is released on Netflix

Actor Kevin Spacey
Actor
Kevin Spacey
Actress Robin Wright
Actress
Robin Wright
Actress Kate Mara
Actress
Kate Mara
  • 2013 44th NAACP Image Awards: "Red Tails" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • 2015 31st Sundance Film Festival: "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1710 Konrad Ernst Ackermann, German actor and theatre director (Die Oberpfalz), born in Schwerin, Germany (d. 1771)
  • 1757 John Philip Kemble, British actor and director (Drury Lane, Covent Garden), born in Prescot, Lancashire, England (d. 1823)
  • 1869 Johannes "Frits" Bakker Sr., actor (Holland Tooneelgezelschap), born (d. 1943)
  • 1883 Yevgeny Vakhtangov, Armenian-Russian theatrical director of the Moscow Art Theatre (Vakhtangov Theatre), born in Vladikavkaz, Russia (d. 1922)
  • 1884 Rosey Rowswell, American MLB broadcaster (Pittsburgh Prates 1936-54), born in Alton, Illinois (d. 1955)

Person of interestJohn Ford

1895 John Ford, American director (Stagecoach, Air Mail, Quiet Man), born in Cape Elizabeth, Maine (d. 1973)

Film director John Ford
Film director
John Ford
  • 1900 Stephen Potter, humorist/writer (School for Scoundrels, Shipbuilders)

Person of interestClark Gable

1901 Clark Gable, American actor (Gone With the Wind, It Happened One Night) known as 'The King of Hollywood', born in Cadiz, Ohio (d. 1960)

  • 1904 S J Perelman, American author, humorist and screenwriter (The New Yorker, Around the World in 80 Days), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1979)
  • 1906 Helen Chandler, American actress (Christopher Strong, Dracula), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1965)
  • 1910 Michael Kanin, American director, writer and actor (Woman of the Year, Teacher's Pet), born in Rochester, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1914 A K Hangal, Indian freedom fighter and Bollywood character actor (Aaina, Sholay), born in Sialkot, Punjab, British India (d. 2012)
  • 1916 Bruce Gordon, American actor (The Untouchables), born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts (d. 2011)
  • 1921 Peter Sallis, British actor (Wallace and Gromit, Last of the Summer Wine), born in Twickenham, England (d. 2017)
  • 1926 Stuart Whitman, American actor (Capt Apache, Ransom, Cimarron Strip), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1932 John Hart, American TV journalist (CBS News Retrospective, NBC News), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1937 Garrett Morris, actor (SNL, Martin, Carwash), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1938 Sherman Hemsley, actor (All in the Family, Jeffersons, Amen), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1940 Bibi Besch, actress (Star Trek 2, Beast Within), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1941 Karl Dall, German television host
  • 1942 Terry Jones, Welsh comedian (Monty Python), born in Colwyn Bay, Denbighshire, Wales (d. 2020)
  • 1942 Muna Wassef, Syrian actress (The Message) and UN Goodwill ambassador, born in Damascus, Syria
  • 1943 Tina Sloan, NY, actress (Lillian-Guiding Light, Search for Tomorrow)
  • 1944 Leo Burmester, American actor (Flo, Chiefs, Abbys, Odd Jobs), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1945 Yasuhiro Takai, Japanese baseball first baseman, designated hitter and broadcaster (NPB record 27 career pinch-hit home runs; Hankyu Braves), born in Imabari, Japan (d. 2019)
  • 1946 Bart Braverman, American actor (Bobby-Vega$, Roy-New Odd Couple), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1946 Elisabeth Sladen, English actress (Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1954 Billy Mumy, American actor (Will Robinson-Lost in Space, Dear Brigitte), born in San Gabriel, California
  • 1956 Brahmanandam, Indian film actor & comedian, born in Sattenapalle, India
  • 1958 Jackie Shroff, Indian actor, born in Udgir, India
  • 1964 Kaitlin Hopkins, American actress (Kelsey-Another World), born in NYC, New York
  • 1964 Sharon Bruneau, Canadian actress (Sensuous Muscle), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1964 Linus Roache, English actor, born in Manchester, United Kingdom
  • 1965 Brandon Lee, American actor (Showdown in Little Tokyo), born in Oakland, California (d. 1993)
  • 1965 Sherilyn Fenn, American actress (2 Moon Junction, Twin Peaks), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1966 Donna Edmondson, American Playboy playmate (Nov, 1986, Playmate of the Year 1987), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1968 Pauly Shore, American comedian (Totally Pauly, Encino Man), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1968 Sean Millington, Canadian football fullback (Grey Cup 1994, 2000; BC Lions) and broadcaster (cfl.ca and CBC), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1969 Brian Krause, American actor (Charmed), born in El Toro, California
  • 1971 Michael C. Hall, American actor (Dexter, Six Feet Under), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1972 Yoshi DeHerrera, American TV personality, born in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 1973 Makiko Ohmoto, Japanese voice actress, born in Okayama Prefecture, Japan
  • 1974 Jennifer Lien, American actress (Hannah Moore-Another World), born in Palos Heights, Illinois
  • 1981 Graeme Smith, South African cricket batsman, captain and broadcaster (117 Tests, 9,265 runs @ 48.25, 27 x 100s; 197 ODIs), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1984 Lee Thompson Young, American actor, born in Columbia, South Carolina (d. 2013)
  • 1985 Jodi Gordon, Australian actress & model, born in Mackay, Australia
  • 1986 Lauren Conrad, American TV star, born in Laguna Beach, California
  • 1987 Ronda Rousey, American pro wrestler, actress, author, mixed martial artist and judoka (UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion 6 defences; Olympic bronze 70kg judo 2008; WWE), born in Riverside, California
  • 1994 Julia Garner, American Actress (Ozark), born in New York City

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

1840 Novelist Alexandre Dumas (37) weds actress Ida Ferrier

LoveWedding of Interest

1932 Film director Frank Capra (34) weds secretary Lucille Reyburn

Film Director Frank Capra
Film Director
Frank Capra

LoveWedding of Interest

1986 Singer Diana Ross marries Norwegian businessman Arne Naess in Switzerland

Singer and Actress Diana Ross
Singer and Actress
Diana Ross

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1922 William Desmond Taylor [Deane-Tanner], Irish director & actor (The Awakening, Broken Coin), murdered at 49
  • 1959 Madame Sul-Te-Wan [Nellie Crawford], American actress (The Birth of a Nation, Uncle Tom's Cabin), dies of a stroke at 85
  • 1966 William Harrigan, American actor (Invisible Man, Girl in 419), dies at 71
  • 1966 Buster Keaton, American actor & comedian (Navigator, Steamboat Bill Jr, The General), dies at 70
  • 1975 Richard Wattis, British actor (Hobson's Choice, Prince & Showgirl, The Man Who Knew Too Much), dies from a heart attack at 62
  • 1979 Mort Marshall [Mortimer Haig Lichtenstein], American actor (Kiss Me Deadly, Dumplings), dies of coronary arrest at 60
  • 1980 Jack Bailey, American actor & TV host (Queen for a Day), dies at 72
  • 1980 Romolo Valli, Italian actor (Boom, La Viaccia), dies at 54
  • 1981 Wanda Hendrix, American actress (Sierra, Ride the Pink Horse), dies at 52
  • 1987 Ernest "Ern" Westmore, American 3rd generation make-up artist (Westmore family) & actor, dies from a heart attack at 82
  • 1987 Alessandro Blasetti, Italian film director, dies at 86
  • 1988 Marcel Bozzuffi, French actor (The French Connection), dies at 59
  • 1991 Carol Dempster, American film actress (Sally of Sawdust, America), dies at 89
  • 1991 Jimmy MacDonald, Scottish-American voice actor (Mickey Mouse), dies at 84
  • 1992 George Berkeley, American actor (Life Stinks, Capts & Kings), dies at 70
  • 1994 Olan Soule, American actor (My 3 Sons, Captain Midnight, Arnie), dies of lung cancer at 83
  • 1997 Marjorie Reynolds [Goodspeed], American actress & dancer (Holiday Inn, Life of Riley), dies from congestive heart disease at 79
  • 1999 Barış Manço, Turkish singer, composer, television producer and celebrity, dies at 56
  • 2002 Hildegard Knef, German actress, singer, and writer (Touch of Class, Mozambique), dies at 76
  • 2002 Irish McCalla, American actress & artist (Sheena Queen of Jungle), dies of a brain tumor and stroke complications at 73
  • 2005 John Vernon [Adolphus Agopsowicz], Canadian actor (Animal House, Chained Heat, Dirty Harry), dies at 72
  • 2008 Shell Kepler [Michelle Alaine Kepler], American actress (General Hospital), dies from renal failure at 49
  • 2010 Jack Brisco, American pro wrestler (NWA World Heavyweight Champion 1973–75), dies from complications of open heart surgery at 68
  • 2012 Don Cornelius, American television host, commits suicide by gunshot at 75
  • 2013 Sir Paul Holmes, New Zealand media broadcaster, dies from prostate cancer and heart problems at 62

Person of interestMaximilian Schell

2014 Maximilian Schell, Swiss-Austrian actor (Judgment at Nuremberg, The Pedestrian), dies at 83

  • 2015 Monty Oum, American animator (RWBY), dies of an allergic reaction at 33