On This Day in Film & TV for February 29

Events in Film & TV

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1940 Hattie McDaniel becomes 1st African American woman to win an Oscar for "Gone with the Wind"

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1940 12th Academy Awards: "Gone with the Wind" wins eight Oscars, Robert Donat & Vivien Leigh also win

  • 1960 KRET TV channel 23 in Richardson, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting

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1988 NYC Mayor Koch calls Reagan a "WIMP" in the war on drugs

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

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2004 76th Academy Awards: "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," Sean Penn & Charlize Theron win

Actress Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron
Actor and Political Activist Sean Penn
Actor and Political Activist
Sean Penn

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1724 Eva Marie Veigel [La Violette], Austrian ballet dancer and wife of actor David Garrick, born in Vienna, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1822)
  • 1920 Arthur Franz, actor (Invaders From Mars, Young Lions), born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey
  • 1920 James Mitchell, actor (Palmer-All My Children), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1920 Michèle Morgan, French actress (Passage to Marseille), born in Neuilly-sur-Seine (d. 2016)
  • 1928 Joss Ackland, actor (Queenie, To Kill a Priest), born in London, England
  • 1936 Alex Rocco, American actor (The Godfather, The Famous Teddy Z), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • 1944 Phyllis Frelich, Devil's Lake ND, actor (Love is Never Silent)
  • 1944 Dennis Farina, actor (Get Shorty, Law & Order, Crime Story), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • 1952 Sharon Dahlonega Raiford Bush, American television personality
  • 1968 Naoko Iijima, Japanese actress
  • 1968 Frank Woodley, Australian comedian
  • 1972 Antonio Sabato Jr, actor (Jagger Cates-General Hospital)

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1976 Ja Rule, American rapper (Between Me and You, Always on Time) and actor, born in NYC, New York

Rapper Ja Rule
Ja Rule
  • 1976 Emma Barton, English actress

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 2012 "Diagnosis Murder" actor Dick Van Dyke (86) weds make-up artist Arlene Silver (40) in Malibu
  • 2016 Actor Michael C. Hall (45) weds editor Morgan MacGregor at New York's City Hall

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1964 Frank Albertson, actor (Room Service), dies at 55
  • 1984 Roland Culver, English actor (Thunderball), dies of heart problems at 83
  • 1992 Johnny Mack, British actor (Time Lord-Dr Who), dies at 70