On This Day in Film & TV for February 16

Events in Film & TV

  • 1948 1st newsreel telecast, "20th Century Fox-Movietone News", shown on NBC
  • 1950 Longest-running prime-time game show, "What's My Line" begins on CBS
  • 1954 WNEM TV channel 5 in Bay City, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1957 Swedish film classic "The Seventh Seal" directed by Ingmar Bergman, starring Max Von Sydow and Bengt Ekerot is released
  • 1957 The "Toddlers' Truce", a controversial television close down between 6 and 7 pm, abolished in the United Kingdom
  • 1962 "La Jetée", French film directed by Chris Marker, starring Hélène Chatelain, Davos Hanich and Jacques Ledoux, is released
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Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1948 American baseball player and manager Leo Durocher (41) weds actress Laraine Day (27) in Santa Monica, California; divorce in 1960
  • 1967 Hairdresser and businessman Vidal Sassoon (39) weds actress Beverly Adams (21)
  • 2011 Indian tennis ace Mahesh Bhupati (36) weds Bollywood actress and former Miss Universe (2000) Lara Dutta (32) at Bandra, Mumbai

Divorces in Film & TV


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Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1919 Vera Kholodnaya, Russian film star (b. 1893)
  • 1928 Eddie Foy Sr. [Edwin Fitzgerald], Irish-American actor, singer and dancer (A Favorite Fool), dies at 71
  • 1967 (Lester) "Smiley" Burnette [Burnett], American country music performer, singer-songwriter ("Ridin' Down the Canyon (To Watch the Sun Go Down)"), and actor (Petticoat Junction - "Charlie"), dies of leukemia at 55
  • 1979 Louise Allbritton, American actress (The Egg and I, Stage Door, Got a Secret), dies of cancer at 58
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