On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for February 5

Events in Film & TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1919 Hollywood film studio United Artists founded by Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and D. W. Griffith

Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker
Charlie Chaplin
Film Director D. W. Griffith
Film Director
D. W. Griffith
Actress Mary Pickford
Mary Pickford
  • 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
  • 1936 "Modern Times", silent film directed by, written by and starring Charlie Chaplin, is released

Film release premierFilm Release

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

Film release premierFilm Premier

1944 "Captain American" serial film premieres starring Dick Purcell, first appearance of a Marvel superhero outside a comic

Comic Book Artist and Writer Jack Kirby
Comic Book Artist and Writer
Jack Kirby
  • 1948 "Nature of Things" science show premieres on NBC prime time
  • 1953 "Peter Pan", animated film by Walt Disney opens at Roxy Theater, NYC

Film tv awardsEmmy Awards

1953 5th Emmy Awards: I Love Lucy, Thomas Mitchell and 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 and cancelled by ABC after flopping so badly
  • 1970 WSCV TV channel 51 in Fort Lauderdale, FL (IND) suspends broadcasting

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 Corazon Aquino & Ferdinand Marcos appear on "Nightline"

11th President of the Philippines Corazon Aquino
11th President of the Philippines
Corazon Aquino
10th President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos
10th President of the Philippines
Ferdinand Marcos

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988 1st prime-time wrestling match in 30 yrs-Andre beats Hulk Hogan

Professional Wrestler Hulk Hogan
Professional Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
  • 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)
  • 2004 54th Berlin International Film Festival: "Head-On" wins the Golden Bear
  • 2009 59th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Milk of Sorrow" wins the Golden Bear

Hall of fameHall of Fame

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

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

Sport awardSuper Bowl

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2014 Google Vice President Susan Wojcicki is named CEO of YouTube

CEO of YouTube Susan Wojcicki
CEO of YouTube
Susan Wojcicki
  • 2015 65th Berlin International Film Festival: "Taxi" wins the Golden Bear

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1879 Edward Rigby, British actor (Star Look Down, Young & Innocent), born in Ashford, Kent, England (d. 1951)
  • 1902 Bronislaw Kaper, Polish film composer and Academy Award winner (Green Dolphin Street, Lili), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1983)
  • 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 New York City (d. 1996)
  • 1919 Tim Holt [Charles John Holt III], American actor (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre), born in Beverly Hills, California (d. 1973)
  • 1919 Red Buttons [Aaron Chwatt], American comedian, Oscar Award actor (Sayonara; The Red Buttons Show; The Poseidon Adventure), and singer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)
  • 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, American journalist, moderator, lecturer and author, one of the most respected broadcast journalists of his time (CBS News, NYT, Times), born in NYC, New York
  • 1927 Robert Brown, American actor (Here Come the Brides, Primus), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1927 Val Dufour, American actor (Eugenie Grandet, Another World), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2000)
  • 1933 Nick Georgiade, American actor (Untouchables, Run Buddy Run), born in NYC, New York
  • 1937 Stuart Damon [Zonis], American stage and screen actor (General Hospital, 1977-2007 - "Dr. Alan Quartermaine"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2021)
  • 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, American actor & director (Sexpot, Close Friends), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1946 Charlotte Rampling, English actress (Zardoz, Night Porter, Verdict), born in Sturmer, United Kingdom
  • 1947 David Ladd, American actor (Raymie, Catlow, Misty, Deathline), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1948 Barbara Hershey [Herzstein], American actress (Stuntman, Shy People), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1948 Christopher Guest, American actor (SNL, Heartbeeps, This is Spinal Tap), born in NYC, New York
  • 1948 Tom Wilkinson, English actor, born in West Yorkshire, England
  • 1954 Roseanne Katan, American model, actress and Playboy playmate (Sep 1978), born in NYC, New York
  • 1955 Debra Jo Fondren, American model & actress, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1961 Tim Meadows, American actor & comedian, born in Highland Park, Michigan
  • 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 Alexia Vassiliou, Cypriot singer & film score composer, born in Famagusta, Cyprus
  • 1964 Laura Linney, American actress (The Truman Show, Mystic River), born in Manhattan, New York
  • 1967 Chris Parnell, American actor, born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1968 Eyþór Guðjónsson, Icelandic actor, born in Iceland
  • 1969 Michael Sheen, Welsh actor, born in Newport, United Kingdom
  • 1971 Marcus Redman, American actor (Raymond-Doogie Howser)
  • 1972 Koriki Chōshū, Japanese comedian, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1973 Diego Serrano, Ecuadorian-born American actor (Tomas Rivera-Another World), born in Quito, Ecuador
  • 1974 Adrienne Johnson, American basketball guard, administrator, broadcaster (WNBA Cleveland Rockers; Uni of Louisville), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1974 Omarosa Manigault Newman, American reality TV star & former political aide, born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1976 Tony Jaa, Thai actor & martial artist, born in Surin, Thailand
  • 1976 Abhishek Bachchan, Indian actor, born in Mumbai, India
  • 1978 Shawn Reaves, American actor, born in Monroe, Louisiana
  • 1981 Nora Zehetner, American actress, born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1985 Crystal Hunt, American actress, born in Clearwater, Florida
  • 1987 Henry Golding, Malaysian actor (Crazy Rich Asians), born in Betong, Sarawak, Malaysia
  • 1987 Darren Criss, American actor & singer-songwriter (Glee, The Assassination of Gianni Versace), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1989 Cristine Reyes, Filipino actress, born in Marikina, Philippines
  • 1989 Jeremy Sumpter, American actor, born in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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 interestGeorge Arliss

1946 George Arliss, British Academy Award-winning actor (Disraeli; 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
  • 1987 William Collier [Charles F Gall Jr], American stage and film actor and producer, dies at 84
  • 1989 Joe Raposa, American composer and songwriter (Sesame Street), dies at 51
  • 1991 Dean Jagger, American actor (White Christmas, Vanishing Point), dies at about 87
  • 1992 Laura Liddell, English actress (Shakespeare Wallah), dies at 83
  • 1995 Court Benson, Canadian-American actor and 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
  • 2004 John Hench, American animator (b. 1908)
  • 2006 Norma Candal, Puerto Rican actress and comedian (La criada malcriada), dies at 78
  • 2006 Franklin Cover, American actor (Tom-The Jeffersons), dies at 77
  • 2010 Ian Carmichael, British actor (Private's Progress, I'm All Right Jack), dies at 89
  • 2012 Sam Coppola, American actor (Saturday Night Fever), dies at 79
  • 2015 Jeffrey Segal, British actor and playwright (Dad's Army, Traitors), dies at 94

Person of interestKirk Douglas

2020 Kirk Douglas [Issur Danielovitch], American actor (Spartacus, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral), dies at 103

  • 2021 Christopher Plummer, Canadian Emmy, Tony, and Oscar winning actor (Sound of Music; Cyrano; Beginners), dies at 91 [1]