On This Day in Film & TV for February 5

Events in Film & TV

  • 1924 The Royal Greenwich Observatory begin broadcasting the hourly time signals known as the Greenwich Time Signal or the "BBC pips".
  • 1927 "The General", American silent film directed by Buster Keaton and Clyde Bruckman, starring Al Boasberg, premieres in New York City
  • 1929 Jimmy Hatlo's "They'll Do It Every Time" cartoon debuts in San Francisco

Film release premierFilm Release

1936 "Modern Times", silent film directed by, written by and starring Charlie Chaplin, is released

Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin

Film release premierFilm Release

1942 "Woman of the Year" film directed by George Stevens, starring Katherine Hepburn & Spencer Tracy opens at Radio City

  • 1948 "Nature of Things" science show premieres on NBC prime time

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

1953 5th Emmy Awards: I Love Lucy, Thomas Mitchell & Helen Hayes win

Actress Helen Hayes
Helen Hayes
  • 1954 WCDC TV channel 19 in Adams, MA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1966 BBC opens a relay radio station on Ascension Island
  • 1967 "Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" premieres on CBS (later ABC, NBC)
  • 1968 KDTV TV channel 39 in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1969 "Turn-On," debuts & cancelled by ABC after flopping so badly
  • 1970 WSCV TV channel 51 in Fort Lauderdale, FL (IND) suspends broadcasting

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1971 28th Golden Globes: "Love Story", George C. Scott, & Ali MacGraw win

  • 1977 General Mills Adventure Theater premieres on CBS radio
  • 1979 Sears Radio Theater premieres on CBS
  • 1990 Notre Dame becomes 1st team to sell its game to a major network (NBC)
  • 1994 "Where On Earth Is Carmen San Diego," debuts on Fox TV
  • 1997 Brook Lee from Hawaii, crowned 46th Miss USA (en route to Miss Universe)

Hall of fameHall of Fame

2011 Ed Sabol, co-founder of NFL Films, elected for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Ed Sabol
American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Ed Sabol

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2012 Flavor Flav and Elton John appear in a Pepsi Co. ad during Super Bowl XLVI

Rapper & TV star Flavor Flav
Rapper & TV star
Flavor Flav
Singer Elton John
Elton John

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1879 Edward Rigby, British actor (Star Look Down, Young & Innocent), born in Ashford, Kent, England (d. 1951)
  • 1906 John Carradine, American actor (The Grapes of Wrath, Stagecoach, Howling), born in Greenwich Village, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1908 Peg Entwistle, Welsh actress, born in Port Talbot, Wales (d. 1932)
  • 1912 Willard Parker, American actor (Kiss Me Kate, What A Woman), born in NYC, New York
  • 1918 Charles J "Tim" Holt, US actor (Treasure of Sierra Madre)
  • 1918 Tim Holt, actor (Stagecoach, Hitler's Children), born in Beverly Hills, California
  • 1919 Red Buttons, [Aaron Chwatt], Bronx comedian and actor (Sayonara), born in NYC, New York
  • 1920 Frank Muir, British comedian (d. 1998)
  • 1921 Ken Adam, British film production designer (James Bond sets), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2016)
  • 1922 Bernard Kalb, spokesman (State Dept)/actor (Dave)
  • 1923 Stephen J Cannell, TV producer/writer
  • 1927 Robert Brown, Herbrides Is, actor (Here Come the Brides, Primus)
  • 1927 Val Dufour, actor (Eugenie Grandet, Another World), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1933 Nick Georgiade, American actor (Untouchables, Run Buddy Run), born in NYC, New York
  • 1937 Stuart Damon, American actor (Alan Quartermaine-General Hospital), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1939 Jane Bryant Quinn, newscaster/financial writer (Everyone's Money Book), born in Niagara Falls, New York
  • 1941 David Selby, Morganstown WV, actor (Falcon Crest, Flamingo Road)
  • 1943 Michael Mann, actor and director (Sexpot, Close Friends), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1946 Charlotte Rampling, England, actress (Zardoz, Night Porter, Verdict)
  • 1947 David Ladd, actor (Raymie, Catlow, Misty, Deathline), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1948 Christopher Guest, American actor (SNL, Heartbeeps, This is Spinal Tap), born in NYC, New York
  • 1954 Roseanne Katan, Jamacia, playmate (Sep, 1978)
  • 1955 Debra Jo Fondren, playmate of year (September, 1977), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1961 Tim Meadows, American actor and comedian
  • 1962 Jennifer Jason Leigh [Morrow], American actress (Single White Female, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1963 Steven Shainberg, American film director
  • 1964 Laura Linney, American actress (The Truman Show, Mystic River), born in NYC, New York
  • 1967 Chris Parnell, American actor
  • 1968 Eyþór Guðjónsson, Icelandic actor
  • 1969 Michael Sheen, Welsh actor
  • 1971 Marcus Redman, actor (Raymond-Doogie Howser)
  • 1972 Erin Phillips, Miss America-Missouri (1996), born in Mexico, Missouri,
  • 1972 Koriki Chōshū, Japanese comedian
  • 1973 Diego Serrano, Quito Ecuador, actor (Tomas Rivera-Another World)
  • 1976 Tony Jaa, Thai actor and martial artist, born in Surin, Thailand
  • 1976 Abhishek Bachchan, Indian actor
  • 1978 Shawn Reaves, American actor
  • 1981 Nora Zehetner, American actress
  • 1985 Crystal Hunt, American actress
  • 1989 Cristine Reyes, Filipino actress
  • 1989 Jeremy Sumpter, American actor

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

1971 Actress Judi Dench (36) weds actor Michael Williams (35) at St Mary's Catholic Church in Hampstead, London

Actress Judi Dench
Judi Dench

HeartWedding of Interest

1990 Actor Rowan Atkinson (35) weds Sunetra Sastry in New York

Actor and Comedian Rowan Atkinson
Actor and Comedian
Rowan Atkinson
  • 2007 "Rudo y Cursi" Mexican actor Diego Luna (28) weds actress and model Camila Sodi (21) in Mexico City

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1917 Paul Rubens, English musical comedy composer, (Miss Hook of Holland), dies at 41

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1946 George Arliss, British actor (Devil, Green Goddess), dies at 77

  • 1959 Gwili Andre, actress (No Other Woman, Roar of the Dragon), dies
  • 1965 Irving Bacon, American actor (Branded Men, Fort Ti), dies at 71
  • 1969 Thelma Ritter, American actress (All About Eve, Pillow Talk), dies at 63
  • 1976 Roger Livesey, Welsh actor (Drum, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp), dies from bowel cancer at 69
  • 1981 Barend Barendse, Dutch sports reporter and actor (Zeskamp, Oebele), dies at 73
  • 1982 Dolores Moran, actress (Yankee Doodle Dandy), dies at 56
  • 1989 Joe Raposa, composer/songwriter (Sesame Street), dies at 51
  • 1991 Dean Jagger, American actor (White Christmas, Vanishing Point), dies at about 87
  • 1992 Laura Liddell, actress (Shakespeare Wallah), dies at 83
  • 1995 Courtenay E Benson, broadcaster, dies at 79
  • 1995 Doug Mcclure, US rodeo rider/actor (Trampas-Virginian), dies at 59
  • 1996 Peter Pooley, broadcaster, dies at 84
  • 2000 Claude Autant-Lara, French film director (Four Bags Full, Rouge et noir), dies at 98
  • 2006 Norma Candal, Puerto Rican actress and comedian (b. 1930)
  • 2006 Franklin Cover, American actor (b. 1928)
  • 2012 Sam Coppola, American actor (Saturday Night Fever), dies at 79