On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for February 18

Events in Film & TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1905 Frank Wedekind's "Hidalla oder Sein und Haben" (Hidalla, or Being and Having) premieres in Munich

Actor and Playwright Frank Wedekind
Actor and Playwright
Frank Wedekind
  • 1928 Sonja Henie of Norway wins the women’s figure skating gold medal at the St. Moritz Winter Olympic Games; her first of 3 consecutive titles in the event
  • 1932 Sonja Henie wins her 6th straight World Women's figure skating title
  • 1952 4th Emmy Awards: first time awards presented based on nationwide basis, "The Red Skelton Show", Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca win
  • 1953 KOLN TV channel 10 in Lincoln, NB (CBS) begins broadcasting

Music awardsMusic Awards

1975 2nd American Music Awards: Olivia Newton-John & John Denver win

Singer and Actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and Actress
Olivia Newton-John
Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver
  • 1979 Mini-series "Roots: Next Generations" premieres on ABC TV
  • 1980 30th Berlin International Film Festival: "Heartland" and "Palermo or Wolfsburg" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • 1983 33rd Berlin International Film Festival: "Ascendancy" and "The Beehive" win the Golden Bear (tie)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 Anti-smoking ad airs for 1st time on TV, featuring Yul Brynner: he died of smoking-induced lung cancer on 10th October 1985

  • 2017 67th Berlin International Film Festival: Hungarian film "On Body and Soul" wins the Golden Bear

Film tv awardsBAFTA Awards

2018 71st British Academy Film Awards (Baftas): "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri " Best Film, Guillermo del Toro Best Director, Best Actors Frances McDormand / Gary Oldman

Actress Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand
Actor and Filmmaker Gary Oldman
Actor and Filmmaker
Gary Oldman

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2019 Australian political parties hacked by a "sophisticated state actor" Prime Minister Scott Morrison says, just months ahead of general election

Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison
Prime Minister of Australia
Scott Morrison
  • 2019 Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei says ""There's no way the US can crush us" in interview with BBC, saying his daughter's arrest politically motivated

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1642 Marie Champmeslé, French actress (Fête de Vénus), born in Rouen, France (d. 1698)
  • 1846 Wilson Barrett, British manager, actor, and playwright (The Sign of the Cross), born in Essex, England (d. 1904)
  • 1877 Betsy Ranucci-Beckmann [Theodora Elisabeth Beckmann], Dutch author and actress (De huzaren, Dood Water), born in Bergen op Zoom, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands (d. 1965)
  • 1883 Tom Walls, British actor and producer (A Cuckoo in the Nest, Undercover), born in Kingsthorpe, England (d. 1949)
  • 1884 Burton "Burt" Mustin, American actor (All in the Family, The Andy Griffith Show), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1977)
  • 1890 Adolphe Menjou, American actor (Front Page, Star is Born), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1890 Edward Arnold, American actor (Mr Smith Goes to Washington), born in NYC, New York
  • 1891 Chester Clute, NJ, actor (Niagra Falls)
  • 1898 K'Tut Tantri, broadcaster/hotelier
  • 1901 Reginald Sheffield, British actor (Suspicion, Of Human Bondage, Second Chance), born in London, England (d. 1957)
  • 1905 Queenie Leonard, British actress, born in London, England (d. 2002)
  • 1907 Billy De Wolfe, American character actor (Good Morning World), born in Quincy, Massachusetts (d. 1974)
  • 1908 Angelo Rossitto, American dwarf actor (known as "Little Moe", Carousel), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1991)
  • 1912 Dane Clark, American actor (Wire Service, Bold Venture, Perry Mason), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1915 Phyllis Calvert [Bickle], British actress (Crash of Silence, The Man in Grey), born in London, England (d. 2002)
  • 1920 Bill Cullen, Pitts, TV game show host (over 20 different games)
  • 1920 Jack Palance [Vladimir Palahniuk], American actor (City Slickers, Contempt, Batman), born in Lattimer Mines, Pennsylvania (d. 2006)
  • 1923 Allan Melvin, American character actor (Brady Bunch, All in Family), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2008)
  • 1925 George Kennedy, American actor (Cool Hand Luke, Airport, Blue Knight), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1933 Mary Ure, Scottish actress (Reflection of Fear, Windom's Way) (d. 1975), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1938 István Szabó, Hungarian film director
  • 1939 Petronella CM "Carletta" Banning, actress (Potasch & Perlemoer)
  • 1945 Michael Nader, American actor (Peter-Gidget, Dex Dexter-Dynasty), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1946 Jean-Claude Dreyfus, French actor
  • 1948 Sinead Cusack, Irish actress (Waterland, Revenge), born in Dalkey, Ireland
  • 1948 Tony Anselmo, American animator & cartoon voice actor, born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1950 Cybill Shepherd, American actress (Moonlighting, Last Picture Show), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1950 John Hughes, American film director (Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller), born in Lansing, Michigan (d. 2009)

Person of interestJohn Travolta

1954 John Travolta, American actor (Welcome Back, Kotter; Saturday Night Fever; Pulp Fiction), and singer (Grease - "You're The One That I Want"), born in Englewood, New Jersey

  • 1955 Raymond Rougeau, Canadian professional wrestler, born in Saint-Sulpice, Canada
  • 1957 Vanna Marie White, American television host (Wheel of Fortune), born in Conway, South Carolina
  • 1960 Greta Scacchi, Italian actress (Coca-Cola Kid, White Mischief), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1962 Julie Strain, American actress (Witchcraft IV), born in Concord, California
  • 1964 Lisa Elaine Comshaw, American actress (Scanner Cop, Lukas' Child), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1964 Matt Dillon, American actor (The Outsiders, Crash), born in New Rochelle, New York
  • 1967 Tracey Edmonds, American film & television producer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1968 Molly Ringwald, American actress (16 Candles, Pretty in Pink), born in Roseville California
  • 1970 Susan Egan, American actress, born in Seal Beach, California
  • 1974 Jillian Michaels, American fitness instructor & television personality (The Biggest Loser), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1975 Sarah Joy Brown, American actress (General Hospital), born in Eureka, California
  • 1981 Kim Jae Won, South Korean actor, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1982 Courtney Act [Shane Jenek], Australian drag queen, pop singer, entertainer and reality television personality, born in Brisbane, Queensland
  • 1988 Maiara Walsh, American actress, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1988 Shane Lyons, American actor & private chef, born in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 1992 Jacqueline Toboni, American actress (Grimm), born in San Francisco, California

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

1937 Actress Mary Astor (30) weds film editor Manuel del Campo (23) in Yuma, Arizona

Actress Mary Astor
Mary Astor

LoveWedding of Interest

1977 British actor Peter Sellers (51) weds (his 4th time), British actress Lynne Frederick (22), in Paris, France

Actor and Comedian Peter Sellers
Actor and Comedian
Peter Sellers
  • 1994 Actor Joe Pantoliano (41) weds model Nancy Sheppard (31)
  • 2001 Comedian Kathy Griffin (37) weds computer administrator Matthew Moline (32) at the 360 Degree Restaurant in Hollywood
  • 2012 Activist and contributor for ABC News Elizabeth Smart (24) weds Matthew Gilmour (22) in Hawaii

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1895 Karl Abs, German professional wrestler (b. 1851)
  • 1938 Alida Tartaud-Klein, Dutch actress and nomination artist (Rotterdam Stage), dies at 64
  • 1963 Monte Blue, American silent film actor (Apache), dies of heart attack at 73
  • 1966 Robert Rossen, American screenwriter, producer, and director (b. 1908)
  • 1976 Eddie Dowling, American actor (Rainbow Man, Anywhere USA), dies at 80
  • 1976 Joseph Henabery, actor and director (Cobra), dies at 88
  • 1977 Andy Devine, American character actor (Roy Roger's sidekick - "Cookie"; Stagecoach; Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok, 1951-58), dies of leukemia at 71
  • 1977 Ralph Graves, American actor (Dirigible, Extra Girl, Flight, Dream Street), dies at 77
  • 1978 Charlotte Greenwood, American actress (Oklahoma, Moon over Miami), dies at 84
  • 1978 Derrick De Marney, British actor (The Girl Was Young, Inheritance), dies at 71
  • 1978 Marguerite "Maggie" McNamara, American actress (3 Coins in a Fountain, Cardinal), dies of a barbiturate overdose at 49
  • 1980 Gale Robbins [Betty Gale Murphy], American singer and actress (Fuller Brush Girl, Mr Hex), dies of lung cancer at 58
  • 1982 Tina Carver, actress (Inside Detroit, Uranium Boom), dies at 58
  • 1985 Willy Alberti [Carel Verbrugge], Dutch singer and actor (Riffin in Amsterdam), dies at 58
  • 1990 Hulk, fictional character in "Death of Incredible Hulk" on NBC, dies
  • 1993 Leslie Norman, English director and producer (Dunkirk), dies at 82
  • 1993 Michael David Morrison, actor (Caleb-As the World Turns), dies at 33
  • 1993 Kerry Von Erich, American professional wrestler (b. 1960)
  • 1998 Harry Caray, American Baseball Hall of Fame broadcaster (Chicago Cubs), dies of heart attack complications at 83
  • 1999 Noam Pitlik, American actor and director (Sanford & Son, Bob Newhart), dies at 66
  • 2004 Jean Rouch, French filmmaker and ethnologist (b. 1917)
  • 2006 Richard Bright, American actor (Al Neri-Godfather), dies at 68
  • 2008 Mihaela Mitrache, Romanian actress, (b. 1955)
  • 2013 Elspet Gray, Lady Rix, Scottish actress (4 Weddings & a Funeral, Solo, Tokyo), dies at 83
  • 2021 Prince Markie Dee [Mark Anthony Morales], American rapper and songwriter (Fat Boys - "Jail House Rap"; "Wipe-Out"), and actor (Disorderlies), dies at 52 [1]