On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for February 2

Events in Film & TV

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
Jazz Trombonist and Big Band Leader Tommy Dorsey
Jazz Trombonist and Big Band Leader
Tommy Dorsey
  • 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 awardsGolden Globes

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

Actor John Wayne
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 and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 "Jerome Kern Goes to Hollywood" closes at Ritz NYC after 13 performances

Broadway Composer Jerome Kern
Broadway Composer
Jerome Kern

Music release#1 in the Charts

1991 Sting scores his second UK #1 album with 'The Soul Cages'

Singer and Actor Sting
Singer and Actor

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1996 Ali Landry, 22, (Louisiana), crowned 45th Miss USA

Actress and Beauty Queen Ali Landry
Actress and Beauty Queen
Ali Landry

Music release#1 in the Charts

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

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

2009 "RuPaul's Drag Race" hosted by RuPaul premieres on Logo TV

Actor, Singer and Drag Queen RuPaul
Actor, Singer and Drag Queen

Sport awardSuper Bowl

2014 Super Bowl XLVIII, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ: Seattle Seahawks beat Denver Broncos, 42-8; MVP: Malcolm Smith, Seattle, LB

NFL Player Richard Sherman
NFL Player
Richard Sherman

Film tv awardsBAFTA Awards

2020 73rd British Film awards (BAFTAS): "1917" Best Film, Sam Mendes Best Director, Renée Zellweger, Joaquin Phoenix best actors

Actress Renée Zellweger
Renée Zellweger
Film Director Sam Mendes
Film Director
Sam Mendes
Actor Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix

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 [Gerö Jenö], Hungarian stage and film character actor (Dolly Sisters, Casablanca), born in Budapest Hungary (d. 1955)

Person of interestFrank Lloyd

1886 Frank Lloyd, Scottish actor and director (Mutiny on Bounty, Oliver Twist, Blood on the Sun), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1960)

Actor and Director Frank Lloyd
Actor and Director
Frank Lloyd
  • 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)
  • 1905 Ayn Rand [Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum], Russian-American author, screenwriter and philosopher who developed the philosophical system of "Objectivism" (Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead), born in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1982)
  • 1908 Cal Tinney, American comedian and actor (The Missouri Traveler, Stop Me If You Heard This One), born in Pontotoc County, Oklahoma (d. 1993)
  • 1909 Frank Albertson, American actor (Psycho, It's a Wonderful Life, Alice Adams), born in Fergus Falls, Minnesota (d. 1964)
  • 1912 Stefan Schnabel, German actor (Anna, Dracula's Widow, Firefox), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1999)
  • 1913 Poul Reichhardt, Danish actor (Soldaten og Jenny, Det gælder os alle), born in Ganløse, Denmark (d. 1985)
  • 1923 Bonita Granville, American actress and producer (These Three, Hitler's Children, Lone Ranger), born in NYC, New York (d. 1988)
  • 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)
  • 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 Ecury, celebrated Afro-Dutch writer, translator and actress (Kantika pa Mama Tera), born in Rancho, Aruba (d. 2012)
  • 1931 Les Dawson, English comedian and actor (The Dawson Watch, Blankety Blank), born in 1931, Manchester, England (d. 1993)
  • 1931 Glynn Edwards, English television actor, born in Penang, Malaysia (d. 2018)
  • 1932 Robert Mandan, American actor best known for his role as Chester Tate in US sitcom "Soap", born in Clever, Missouri (d. 2018)
  • 1933 Tony Jay, British-American actor, voice artist, and singer (The Hunchback of Notre Dame - "Frollo"), born in London, England (d. 2006)
  • 1936 Duane Jones, American actor
  • 1937 Tommy 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
  • 1942 Barry Diller, founder (Fox-TV)
  • 1944 Andrew Davis, British conductor ( Toronto Symphony, 1975-88; BBC Symphony, 1989-2000; Lyric Opera of Chicago, 2000-21), born in Ashbridge, England,
  • 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 interestFarrah Fawcett

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

  • 1948 Jessica Savitch, Kennet Sq PA, news anchor (NBC)

Person of interestIna Garten

1948 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
  • 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
  • 1951 Ken Bruce, Scottish broadcaster (The Ken Bruce Show), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1952 Genichiro Tenryu, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1954 Christie Brinkley [Ex-Mrs Billy Joel], American model and actress (SI, Vacation), born in Monroe, Michigan
  • 1954 Hansi Hinterseer, Austrian singer, actor, former skier
  • 1955 Michael Talbott, American actor (Stan-Miami Vice), born in Waverly, Iowa
  • 1961 Lauren Lane, American actress (C. C. Babcock-The Nanny), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 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 Robert DeLeo, American bass player, songwriter and backing vocalist (Stone Temple Pilots, Army of Anyone, Hollywood Vampires), born in Montclair, New Jersey
  • 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
  • 1979 Christine Bleakley, Northern Irish broadcaster and presenter (BBC, ITV, UKTV), born in Newtownards, Northern Ireland
  • 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
  • 1996 Paul Mescal, Irish actor (Normal People), born in Maynooth, Ireland
  • 2338 Data, android character on Star Trek Next Generation

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

LoveWedding of Interest

1985 NFL running back, broadcaster, actor and felon O.J. Simpson marries second wife Nicole Brown (murdered 1994)

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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

  • 1940 Vsevolod Meyerhold [Karl Kasimir Theodor], Russian theatrical director and actor (Houligan), executed during the Great Purge at 65
  • 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

Person of interestBoris Karloff

1969 Boris Karloff [William H. Pratt], English actor (The Mummy, Frankenstein), dies of pneumonia 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, British-American TV hostess (Wendy Barrie Show), dies at 65
  • 1979 Jim Burke, Australian cricket batsman (24 Tests; record for most innings in a complete career without scoring a duck [44]) and broadcaster (ABC), dies of self inflicted gunshot wounds at 48
  • 1981 Louise Lorraine, actress (Adventures of Tarzan), dies
  • 1990 Joel Fluellen, American actor (Porgy and Bess, Burning Cross, Learning Tree), commits suicide at 82
  • 1992 Bert Parks [Jacobson], TV host (Miss America), dies at 77
  • 1994 Stephen Barclay, actor (Pride of the Plains), dies at 75
  • 1995 Fred Perry, English tennis player/broadcaster (8-time Grand Slam singles winner), dies of broken ribs at 85
  • 1995 Donald Pleasence, British actor (You Only Live Twice, Escape from New York, Halloween), dies from heart failure at 75

Person of interestGene Kelly

1996 Gene Kelly, American actor (An American in Paris, Going My Way) and dancer (Singin' in the Rain), dies of a stroke at 83

Actor and Dancer Gene Kelly
Actor and Dancer
Gene Kelly
  • 1996 Shamus Culhane, American animator, dies at 87
  • 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)
  • 2008 Herbert "Barry" Morse, British-Canadian actor (The Fugitive, Space: 1999, Winds of War), dies at 89
  • 2011 Defne Joy Foster, Turkish actress, presenter and VJ. (b. 1975)
  • 2011 Margaret John, Welsh actress (b. 1926)
  • 2013 John Kerr, American actor (South Pacific, Peyton Place, Pit & Pendulum), dies at 81

Person of interestPhilip Seymour Hoffman

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

  • 2015 Stewart Stern, American screenwriter (Rebel Without A Cause), dies at 92
  • 2016 Bob Elliott, American comedian (Bob & Ray, Get a Life), dies at 92
  • 2020 Ivan Král, Czech-American bass player, songwriter, record producer (Patti Smith; Iggy Pop; John Waite), and filmmaker, dies of cancer at 71