On This Day in Film & TV for February 17

Events in Film & TV

  • 1924 American swimmer Johnny Weissmuller sets 100m world freestyle record 57.4s at Miami, Florida
  • 1936 The world's first superhero, The Phantom, a cartoon strip by Lee Falk, makes his first appearance in comics
  • 1938 1st public experimental demonstration of Baird color TV (London)
  • 1954 WAST (now WNYT) TV channel 13 in Albany-Troy, NY (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 1955 KTVF TV channel 11 in Fairbanks, AK (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1958 WETV (now WPBA) TV channel 30 in Atlanta, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1964 WMEM TV channel 10 in Presque Isle, ME (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1984 34th Berlin International Film Festival: "Love Streams" wins the Golden Bear
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Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1950 Natural history broadcaster David Attenborough (24) weds Jane Elizabeth Ebsworth Oriel
  • 1989 Whitesnake's singer David Coverdale (37) weds American actress Tawny Kitaen (27); divorced 1991
  • 2002 Actress Joan Collins (68) weds theater company manager Percy Gibson at Claridge's Hotel in London

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