On This Day in Film & TV for February 2

Events in Film & TV

  • 1893 1st movie close-up (of a sneeze), Edison studio, West Orange, NJ

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1940 Frank Sinatra's singing debut in Indianapolis (Tommy Dorsey Orchestra)

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 1950 1st broadcast of "What's My Line" on CBS-TV

CommunicationHistoric Communication

1955 1st presidential news conference on network TV-Eisenhower on ABC

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1958 WRIK (now WLUZ) TV channel 7 in Ponce, PR (PTC) begins broadcasting
  • 1969 KMST TV channel 46 in Monterey-Salinas, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1970 27th Golden Globes: Anne of the Thousand Days, John Wayne, & Genevieve Bujold

Actor John Wayne
Actor
John Wayne
  • 1973 "Midnight Special" rock music show debuts on NBC-TV

Music release#1 in the Charts

1974 Barbra Streisand's 1st #1 hit, "The Way We Were"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1976 "Rich Little Show" debuts on NBC-TV
  • 1983 CBS' premiere of fact based WW2 drama "The Scarlet and the Black", based on the life of Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty
  • 1984 1st Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins
  • 1986 "Jerome Kern Goes to Hollywood" closes at Ritz NYC after 13 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Sting scores his second UK No.1 album with 'The Soul Cages'

Singer and Actor Sting
Singer and Actor
Sting
  • 1996 Ali Landry, 22, (Louisiana), crowned 45th Miss USA

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2003 Jennifer Lopez starts a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'All I Have'

Singer and Actress Jennifer Lopez
Singer and Actress
Jennifer Lopez
  • 2014 Super Bowl XLVIII: Seattle Seahawks defeat Denver Broncos 42-8, most viewed television event in the United States with over 111 million viewers

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1650 Nell [Eleanor] Gwyn, English actress and mistress to King Charles II, born in London, England (d. 1687)
  • 1852 Teunis Stoel, Dutch actor and director (Small Theater), born in Rotterdam (d. 1914)
  • 1883 S Z Sakall, Hungarian stage and film character actor (Dolly Sisters, Casablanca), born in Budapest Hungary (d. 1955)
  • 1886 Frank Lloyd, Scotland, actor and director (Mutiny on Bounty, Oliver Twist, Blood on the Sun), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1960)
  • 1898 Josephina Johanna "Fien" de la Mar, Dutch actress (Theatre De la Mar), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1965)
  • 1899 Benny Rubin, American actor and comedian (Benny Rubin Show), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1986)
  • 1901 Connie Gilchrist, American actress (Cry Havoc, Letter to 3 Wives), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1902 Tyra Ryman, Swedish actress (Luffar-Petter, Peter the Tramp), born in Arboga, Sweden (d. 1990)
  • 1903 Frank McGrath, American actor (The Reluctant Astronaut, Wagon Train), born in Mound City, Missouri (d. 1967)
  • 1908 Cal Tinney, Oklahoma, comedian (Stop Me If You Heard This One)
  • 1908 Clarence "Buster" Crabbe, California, swimmer (Olympic gold 1932)/actor
  • 1909 Franc Albertson, Fergus Falls MN, actor (Psycho, Alice Adams)
  • 1912 Stefan Schnabel, German actor (Anna, Dracula's Widow, Firefox)
  • 1913 Poul Reichhardt, Danish actor (d. 1985)
  • 1923 Bonita Granville, American actress (Hitler's Children, Lone Ranger), born in NYC, New York
  • 1923 James Dickey, poet and actor (Deliverance), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1923 Liz Smith [Mary Elizabeth], American journalist and gossip columnist known as "The Grand Dame of Dish" (WNBC, NY Daily News), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1924 Tine Balder, [Clementine AL Cobbaut], Flemish actress (Antigone)
  • 1925 Elaine Stritch, American actress (30 Rock, Two's Company), singer and member of the American Theater Hall of Fame, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2014)
  • 1926 Nydia M E Ecury, Arubian poet/actress (Kantika pa Mama Tera)
  • 1926 Wanda Lewis, Struther Ohio, actress (This is Music, Paul Dixon Show)
  • 1931 Les Dawson, British comedian (d. 1993)
  • 1932 Robert Mandan, Clever Mo, actor (Chester-Soap, James-3's a Crowd)
  • 1933 Tony Jay, English actor (d. 2006)
  • 1936 Duane Jones, American actor
  • 1937 Tom Smothers, American comedian and folk singer (The Smothers Brothers Show, Serial), born in NYC, New York
  • 1937 Remak Ramsay, American actor
  • 1938 Bo Hopkins, actor (Dynasty, Midnight Express), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1940 David Jason, English actor
  • 1940 Vsevolod Meyerhold [Karl Kasimir Theodor], Russian theatrical director and actor (Houligan), executed during the Great Purge at 65
  • 1944 Katherine Crawford, actress (Gemini Man, Captains & Kings), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1944 Karen Foss, American broadcaster
  • 1944 Geoffrey Hughes, British actor, (d. 2012)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1947 Farrah Fawcett, American actress (Charley's Angels, Burning Bed), born in Corpus Christi, Texas (d. 2009)

  • 1948 Jessica Savitch, Kennet Sq PA, news anchor (NBC)
  • 1949 Sherry Mathis, actress (Search for Tomorrow)
  • 1949 Brent Spiner, American actor (Data-Star Trek the Next Generation), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1950 Barbara Sukowa, German actress (Zentropia, Sicilian, Voyager, Lola)
  • 1950 Osamu Kido, wrestler (NJPW/UWF)
  • 1951 Kim Zimmer, actress (Guiding Light, Doctors, One Life to Live), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 1952 Genichiro Tenryu, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1954 Christie Brinkley, [Ex-Mrs Billy Joel], model/actress (SI, Vacation)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1954 Ina Garten, American author and TV cooking show host (Barefoot Contessa, Food Network), born in Brooklyn, New York

Author and Cooking Show Host Ina Garten
Author and Cooking Show Host
Ina Garten
  • 1954 Hansi Hinterseer, Austrian singer, actor, former skier
  • 1955 Michael Talbott, Waverly Iowa, actor (Stan-Miami Vice)
  • 1957 Sandra Joyce Cagle, American model and playmate (Feb 1980), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1960 Eric Shea, actor (Castaway Cowboy)
  • 1961 Lauren Lane, American actress
  • 1962 Michael T Weiss, actor (Jarod-Pretender, Days of our Lives), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1963 Stephen McGann, actor (Catherine the Great), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1965 Naoki Sano, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1966 D. C. Douglas, American actor and director
  • 1970 C. Ernst Harth, Canadian actor
  • 1976 Lori Beth Denberg, American actress
  • 1978 Eden Espinosa, American singer and stage actress
  • 1979 Shamita Shetty, Indian actress
  • 1980 Teddy Hart [Edward Annis], Canadian professional wrestler, born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • 1982 Han Ga In, South Korean model/actress
  • 1987 Martin Spanjers, American actor
  • 2338 Data, android character on Star Trek Next Generation

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1957 Actress Elizabeth Taylor (24) marries for the 3rd time to producer Mike Todd (47)

HeartWedding of Interest

1963 Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola (23) weds documentary filmmaker Eleanor Jessie Neil (26) in Las Vegas, Nevada

HeartWedding of Interest

1976 Actress Gloria Swanson (76) weds writer William Dufty (60)

HeartWedding of Interest

1997 "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul (34) weds sportswear designer Brad Beckerman at The Beverly Hills Four Seasons Hotel

Singer & Judge of American Idol Paula Abdul
Singer & Judge of American Idol
Paula Abdul
  • 2008 Singer-actress Katharine McPhee (23) weds producer Nick Cokas (42) at the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church in Beverly Hills, California

HeartWedding of Interest

2008 23rd French Republic President Nicolas Sarkozy (53) weds supermodel-turned-singer Carla Bruni (39) at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France

President of France Nicolas Sarkozy
President of France
Nicolas Sarkozy
  • 2010 Former glamour model Katie Price (32) weds MMA fighter and former "Hollyoaks" actor Alex Reid (34) at the chapel in the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1952 Charles De Roche, actor (10 Commandments), dies at 72
  • 1956 Charley Grapewin, American actor (The Wizard of Oz, Libeled Lady), dies at 86
  • 1963 Herman Bouber, Dutch actor and playwright (Sailor's Wives), dies at 77
  • 1963 William Gaxton, American actor (Destry, Convoy), dies at 72
  • 1969 Boris Karloff [William H Pratt], British actor (The Mummy, Frankenstein), dies at 81
  • 1970 Lawrence Gray, American actor, dies at 71
  • 1972 Jessie Royce Landis, actress (North by Northwest), dies at 67
  • 1976 Johan Kaart, Dutch actor (My Fair Lady), dies at 78
  • 1978 Wendy Barrie, TV hostess (Wendy Barrie Show), dies at 65
  • 1981 Louise Lorraine, actress (Adventures of Tarzan), dies
  • 1990 Joel Fluellen, actor (Man Friday, Burning Cross), dies at 79
  • 1992 Bert Parks, [Jacobson], TV host (Miss America), dies at 77
  • 1994 Stephen Barclay, actor (Pride of the Plains), dies at 75
  • 1995 Donald Pleasance, English actor (Halloween), dies at 75
  • 1996 Gene Kelly, American actor and dancer (Singin' in the Rain), dies at 83
  • 1997 Sanford Meisner, American actor and teacher, dies at 91
  • 2004 Bernard McEveety, American film director (b. 1924)
  • 2007 Vijay Arora, Indian film and television actor (b. 1944)
  • 2008 Katoucha, Guinean model and activist (b. 1960)
  • 2011 Defne Joy Foster, Turkish actress, presenter and VJ. (b. 1975)
  • 2011 Margaret John, Welsh actress (b. 1926)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2014 Philip Seymour Hoffman, American actor (Capote, Moneyball) dies at 46 of a suspected drug overdose

  • 2016 Bob Elliott, American comedian (Bob & Ray, Get a Life), dies at 92