On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for February 28

Events in Film & TV

  • 1940 1st televised basketball game (U of Pitts beats Fordham U, 50-37)

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

1951 8th Golden Globes: "Sunset Boulevard", Jose Ferrer, & Gloria Swanson win

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

1957 14th Golden Globes: The King and I, Kirk Douglas, & Ingrid Bergman win

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

1966 23rd Golden Globes: "Doctor Zhivago", Omar Sharif, & Samantha Eggar win

  • 1970 KIIN (now KUN) TV channel 12 in Iowa City, IA (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1970 WUTR TV channel 20 in Utica-Rome, NY (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1971 WDRB TV channel 41 in Louisville, Kentucky (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1983 Final TV episode of "M*A*S*H" airs (CBS); record 125 million watch in the US
  • 1984 British satirical puppet show "Spitting Image" premieres on ITV
  • 1989 Gretchen Polhemus, 23, (Texas), crowned 38th Miss USA

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1993 7th American Comedy Award: Jerry Seinfeld

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld
Comedian
Jerry Seinfeld
  • 1997 The North Hollywood shootout takes place.
  • 2004 24th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Gigli" wins
  • 2016 36th Razzies Awards: "Fifty Shades of Grey" wins worst film, worst actor and actress

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

2016 88th Academy Awards: Best Picture "Spotlight", Best Director Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Best Actor/Actress Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 YouTube announces it will stops all comments on videos featuring children because of paedophiles leaving inappropriate comments

CEO of YouTube Susan Wojcicki
CEO of YouTube
Susan Wojcicki

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1874 Soledad Jiménez, Spanish actress (Kid Galahad, The Phantom of the Range), born in Santander, Spain (d. 1966)
  • 1882 Geraldine Farrar, American soprano and actress (Story of American Singer), born in Melrose, Massachusetts (d. 1967)
  • 1889 Victor Sutherland, American actor (Captive City), born in Paducah, Kentucky (d. 1968)
  • 1893 Ben Hecht, American novelist/playwright/screenwriter (Front Page), born in NYC, New York
  • 1895 Marcel Pagnol, French playwright/director (Marchands de Gloire)
  • 1898 Molly Picon, Yiddish actress (Milk & Honey), born in NYC, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1908 Billie Bird, American actress (Jury Duty), born in Pocatello, Idaho (d. 2002)
  • 1909 Olan Soule, American actor (My 3 Sons, Captain Midnight, Arnie), born in La Harpe, Illinois (d. 1994)
  • 1912 Helmut Coing, German lawyer/director (Max-Planck-institute)
  • 1914 Jim Boles, American actor (The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, One Man's Family), born in Lubbock, Texas (d. 1977)
  • 1915 Samuel Joel "Zero" Mostel, American comedian and actor (Fiddler on the Roof, The Producers), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1977)
  • 1918 Alfred Burke, British actor (Public Eye, Backfire, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • 1923 Charles Durning, American actor (Fury, Sting, Tootsie), born in Highland Falls, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1924 Bettye Ackerman, American actress (Maggie Graham-Ben Casey), born in Cottageville, South Carolina (d. 2006)
  • 1925 Harry H Corbett, English actor (Steptoe & Son, Jabberwacky), born in Rangoon, Burma (d. 1982)
  • 1928 Tom Aldredge, American actor (The Sopranos, What About Bob, Nurse, Mind Snatchers), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 2011)
  • 1931 Gavin MacLeod, American actor (Murray-Mary Tyler Moore, Love Boat), born in Mt Kisco, New York
  • 1932 Donald "Don" Francks, Canadian actor, singer and musician (Terminal Choice, Finian's Rainbow), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2016)
  • 1942 Frank Bonner, actor (WKRP, Hoax, You Can't Hurry Love), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1944 Colin Nutley, director/writer (Such is Life, Black Jack)
  • 1944 Kelly Bishop, CO, actress (Unmarried Woman, Advice to Lovelorn)
  • 1945 Charles "Bubba" Smith, Tx, NFLer (Balt Colts)/actor (Police Academy)
  • 1945 Mimsy Farmer, actress (Devil's Angel, Road to Salina), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1948 Bernadette Peters, [Lazzara], actress (Jerk), born in Queens, New York
  • 1948 Mercedes Ruehl, actress (Lost in Yonkers, Crazy People), born in Queens, New York
  • 1950 Ilene Graff, American actress (Marsha-Mr Belvedere), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1952 Cristina Raines, [Tina Herazo], actress (Sentinel), born in Manila, Philippines
  • 1952 Jennie Lynn, actress (Love & Marriage), born in San Diego, California
  • 1953 Ricky "Dragon" Steamboat, [Richard Blood], wrestler (NWA/WWF/WCW/AWA)
  • 1955 Gilbert Gottfried, comedian (Beverly Hills Cop)
  • 1956 Mike Tenay, American wrestling commentator
  • 1957 John Turturro, actor (Brain Donor, Color of Money, Jungle Fever), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1958 Jeanne Mas, French singer and actress, born in Alicante, Spain
  • 1960 Dorothy Stratten [Hoogstraten], Canadian playmate (August, 1979), model and actress (Galixina), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 1980)
  • 1962 Rae Dawn Chong, actress (Quest for Fire), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1966 Edward Shearmur, English film composer (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Charlie's Angels), born in London, England
  • 1969 Robert Sean Leonard, NJ, actor (Dead Poets Society, Mr & Mrs Bridge)
  • 1971 Peter Stebbings, Canadian actor
  • 1972 Rory Cochrane, American actor
  • 1974 Michael Manasseri, actor (License to Drive)
  • 1976 Ali Larter, American actress and model
  • 1976 Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge, Canadian actor
  • 1982 Natalia Vodianova, Russian supermodel, born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

Person of interestKarolína Kurková

1984 Karolína Kurková, Czech supermodel, born in Děčín, Czechoslovakia

Supermodel Karolína Kurková
Supermodel
Karolína Kurková
  • 1988 Markéta Irglová, Czech songwriter & actress, born in Valašské Meziříčí, Czechia
  • 1991 Sarah Bolger, Irish actress, born in Dublin, Ireland

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1952 Actress Gene Tierney (31) divorces fashion designer Oleg Cassini (39) after almost 11 years of marriage

Actress Gene Tierney
Actress
Gene Tierney
  • 1998 "Baywatch" actress Pamela Anderson (31) divorces Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee (35) after 3 years of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1960 Jonathan Hale [Hatley], Canadian-born American actor (Blondie), shoots himself at 68
  • 1962 Harold Ogden "Chic" Johnson, comedian (Olsen & Johnson), dies at 70
  • 1963 Theodore Newton, American actor (Voltaire, Ace of Aces), dies at 58
  • 1968 Doretta Morrow, American actress (Because You're Mine), dies from cancer at 41
  • 1968 Juanita Hall, actress (Capt Billy), dies at 66
  • 1973 Cecil Kellaway, South African-born American actor (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner), dies at 78
  • 1973 Hope Landin, American actress (I Remember Mama, Sugarfoot), dies at 79
  • 1977 Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, American comedian and actor (The Jack Benny Program), dies at 71
  • 1978 Philip Ahn, American actor (Kung Fu, Thoroughly Modern Millie), dies from pneumonia at 66
  • 1979 Jane Hylton [Audrey Gwendolene Clark], British actress (Adv of Sir Lancelot, Daybreak), dies of a heart attack at 52
  • 1985 Charita Bauer, American actress (The Guiding Light, Aldrich Family), dies following long illness at 62
  • 1986 Laura Z. Hobson, American TV writer and panelist (I've Got a Secret), dies at 85
  • 1987 Anny Ondra, actress (Blackmail), dies at 83
  • 1990 Fabia Drake, actress (Nice Girl Like Me), dies at 86
  • 1992 Angelique Pettyjohn, actress (Body Talk, Star Trek), dies at 49
  • 1993 Ishirō Honda, Japanese film director and producer (Godzilla), dies at 81
  • 1993 Joyce Carey, British actress (Brief Encounter, The Cedar Tree), dies at 94
  • 1993 Ruby Keeler, Canadian actress, singer, and dancer (42nd Street, Dames), dies of cancer at 82
  • 1998 Dermot Morgan, Irish actor and comedian (Father Ted Crilly-Father Ted), dies of a heart attack at 45
  • 2002 Mary Stuart, American actress (Jo-Search for Tomorrow), dies at 75
  • 2011 Annie Girardot, French actress (Three Rooms in Manhattan, Gypsy, Jacko & Lise), dies at 79
  • 2011 Jane Russell, American actress and leading sex symbol in 1940s-50s (The Outlaw), dies at 89
  • 2016 Frank Kelly, Irish stage and screen actor (Father Ted), dies at 77
  • 2019 André Previn, German born American conductor (London Symphony), film scorer (My Fair Lady) and pianist, dies at 89