On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for February 11

Events in Film & TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1938 Steve Casey beats Lou Thesz in Boston, to win National Boxing Association world heavyweight title

Professional Wrestler Lou Thesz
Professional Wrestler
Lou Thesz
  • 1938 World's first science fiction TV program - a broadcast of the play R.U.R. by Karel Čapek
  • 1954 6th Emmy Awards: I Love Lucy, Donald O'Connor & Eve Arden win
  • 1957 KUMV TV channel 8 in Williston, ND (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1958 WTVC TV channel 9 in Chattanooga, TN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1958 BBC pioneering series "Your Life in Their Hands" first broadcast presented by Dr. Charles Fletcher, 1st major TV series to deal with medicine

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1960 Jack Paar walks off his TV show

Comedian and TV Host Jack Paar
Comedian and TV Host
Jack Paar
  • 1975 Tv drama “Sarah T: Portrait of A Teenage Alcoholic”, starring Linda Blair, premieres on US network NBC
  • 1979 43 million watch "Elvis!" on ABC

Music releaseMusic Recording

1983 "Weird Al" Yankovic records "Ricky" & "Buckingham Blues" debut LP

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • 1993 43rd Berlin International Film Festival: "Woman Sesame Oil Maker" and "The Wedding Banquet" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • 1994 Lu Parker, (South Carolina), crowned 43rd Miss USA
  • 1998 48th Berlin International Film Festival: "Central Station" wins the Golden Bear
  • 2007 60th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Queen" Best Film, Paul Greengrass Best Director
  • 2010 60th Berlin International Film Festival: "Honey" wins the Golden Bear
  • 2014 11 people are killed after a grenade was tossed into a movie theatre in Peshawar, Pakistan
  • 2016 Sixth Democratic presidential candidates debate, broadcast on CNN and PBS, and held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1903 Rex Lease, American actor (Fast Bullets, Sunny Skies, Custer's Last Stand), born in Central City, West Virginia (d. 1966)
  • 1906 Anita Garvin, American actress (Swiss Miss, Blotto, Charlatan, Hats Off), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1911 Ben Carter, American actor (Crash Dive, Dark Alibi, Maryland), born in Fairfield, Iowa (d. 1946)
  • 1919 Eva Gabor, Hungarian-born American actress, comedian, singer and socialite (Green Acres, Gigi), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1995)
  • 1920 Billy Halop [William Halop Cohen], American actor (Angels with Dirty Faces, All in the Family), born in NYC, New York (d. 1976)
  • 1925 Kim Stanley [Patricia Reid], American actress (Séance on a Wet Afternoon, The Chase, Right Stuff), born in Tularosa, New Mexico (d. 2001)
  • 1926 Leslie Nielsen, Canadian actor (Spy Hard, Forbidden Planet, Naked Gun), born in Regina, Saskatchewan (d. 2010)
  • 1928 Conrad Janis, American jazz trombonist and actor (Mork & Mindy, Quark, Bonino), born in NYC, New York
  • 1931 Larry Merchant, American boxing author and analyst (International Boxing Hall of Fame; HBO, Showtime), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1934 Tina Louise, American actress (Ginger-Gilligan's Island, Julie-Dallas), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestBurt Reynolds

1936 Burt Reynolds, American actor (Deliverance, Evening Shade, Strip Tease, Cannonball), born in Lansing, Michigan (d. 2018)

  • 1937 Bill Lawry AM, Australian cricket batsman and captain (67 Tests, 5,234 runs @ 47.15, 13 x 100s) and broadcaster (9 Network), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1938 Simone de Oliveira, Portuguese actress
  • 1947 Joselito [José Jiménez], Spanish singer and actor, born in Beas de Segura, Andalucia, Spain
  • 1947 Kikko Matsuoka, Japanese actress, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1948 Susan Bernard, American author, actress (Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!) Playboy playmate (Dec, 1966), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1953 Philip Anglim, American actor (Dane-Thorn Birds), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1954 Wesley Strick, American screenwriter, born in New York
  • 1956 Catherine Hickland, American actress (One Life to Live), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1958 Michael Jackson, British television producer & executive (BBC2), born in Cheshire, England
  • 1961 Carey Lowell, American actress (Me & Him, Guardian, Dangerously Close), born in New York City, New York
  • 1962 Scott Kolden, American actor (Scott-Me & the Champ), born in Torrance, California
  • 1966 Stephen Gregory, American actor (Chase-Young & Restless), born in New York City, New York
  • 1968 Mo Willems, American author & screenwriter, born in Des Plaines, Illinois

Person of interestJennifer Aniston

1969 Jennifer Aniston, American actress (Rachel-Friends), born in Los Angeles, California

  • 1969 Mary Stoker Smith, Miss Wisconsin & TV news reporter, born in La Crosse, Wisconsin
  • 1969 Shannon Long, Australian actor & model (Oct, 1988), born in Gladstone, Australia
  • 1971 Damian Lewis, British actor, born in St John's Wood, London
  • 1973 Jeon Do-yeon, Korean actress, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1976 Brice Beckham, American actor (Wesley-Mr Belvedare), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1976 André Wickström, Finland-Swedish comedian & actor, born in Sipoo, Finland
  • 1980 Matthew Lawrence, American actor (Boy Meets World. Matthew-Brotherly Love), born in Albington Township, Pennsylvania
  • 1980 Natasha Bobo, American actress (Sally in Together We Stand), born in Watsonville, California
  • 1983 Nicki Clyne, Canadian actress, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1983 Huang Shengyi, Chinese actress, born in Shanghai, China
  • 1990 Q'orianka Kilcher, American actress & activist (The New World), born in Schweigmatt, Germany
  • 1992 Taylor Lautner, American actor, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 1992 Blair Dunlop, English actor, born in Chesterfield, United Kingdom
  • 1994 Dominic Janes, American actor, born in Tucson, Arizona

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

1995 Tennis star Yannick Noah (34) weds Victoria's Secret model Heather Stewart-Whyte (25) in France

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Yannick Noah
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Yannick Noah
  • 2006 Mexican telenovela actor Guillermo Capetillo (47) weds model Tania Amezcua in Mixcoac, Mexico
  • 2017 Actor Bug Hall (32) weds Jill Marie DeGroff in Encino, California

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1961 Eduard R Verkade, Dutch actor and director (Pygmalion), dies at 82
  • 1968 Howard Lindsay, American playwright, actor and director (State of the Union), dies at 78
  • 1969 James Lanphier, American actor (Flight of Lost Balloon), dies at 48
  • 1974 Anna Q Nilsson, actress (Toll Gate, Sorrell & Son), dies at 85
  • 1976 Alice Allen, actress (Call of the Hills), dies
  • 1976 Charles "Charlie" Naughton, Scottish actor (Frozen Limits), dies at 89
  • 1976 Lee J. Cobb [Leo Jacoby], American actor (Virginian, 12 Angry Men, On the Waterfront), dies from a heart attack at 64
  • 1982 Eleanor Powell, American stage and screen actress and tap dancer (Born to Dance, Broadway Melody films), dies of ovarian cancer at 69
  • 1982 Takashi Shimura, Japanese actor (Rashomon, 7 Samurais), dies at 76
  • 1982 Victor Jory, Canadian actor (Kings Row, Manhunt), dies at 79
  • 1985 Heinz Roemheld, American film composer (Yankee Doodle Dandy; Ruby Gentry), dies of pneumonia at 83
  • 1985 Henry Hathaway, actor and director (Nob Hill), dies of heart attack at 86
  • 1989 George O'Hanlon, american actor and director (Bop Girl, Zamba), dies at 71
  • 1992 Raymond "Ray" Danton, American actor and director (Longest Day, Psychic Killer), dies at 60
  • 1993 Joy Garrett, American actress (Jo Johnson-Days of Our Lives), dies of liver failure at 47
  • 1994 William Conrad [John Cann], American actor (The Killers, Bullwinkle Show, Cannon), dies of a heart attack at 73
  • 1994 Sorrell Booke, American actor (Boss Hogg in Dukes of Hazard), dies of colorectal cancer at 64
  • 1996 Phil Regan, American actor (Las Vegas Night, Dames, Housewife), dies at 88
  • 1997 Don Porter, actor (Gidget), dies at 84
  • 2002 Barry Foster, British actor (b. 1931)
  • 2006 Jackie Pallo, English professional wrestler, dies at 79

Person of interestWhitney Houston

2012 Whitney Houston, American singer (I Will Always Love You; I Wanna Dance With Somebody), and actress (The Bodyguard), dies from an accidental bathtub drowning at 48

  • 2014 Alice Babs [Nilson], Swedish jazz singer (The Swe-Danes; Duke Ellington's Sacred Concerts), and actress (Swing It, Teacher!), dies of Alzheimer's disease complications at 90
  • 2015 Bob Simon, American TV correspondent (CBS, 60 Minutes), dies after a car crash at 73
  • 2018 Vic Damone [Vito Farinola], American singer (On the Street Where You Live), entertainer, actor and TV presenter (Vic Damone Show), dies at 89