On This Day in Film & TV for February 7

Events in Film & TV


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1914 Charlie Chaplin debuts silent film "The Tramp" in "Kid Auto Races at Venice"

Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian/Actor/Filmaker
Charlie Chaplin
  • 1936 Felix the Cat, animated film released by Van Beuren Studios licensed from Otto Messmer

Film release premierFilm Premier

1940 Walt Disney's second feature length movie, "Pinocchio" premieres (NYC)

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1941 Frank Sinatra & Tommy Dorsey orchestra record "Everything Happens to Me"

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1944 Bing Crosby records "Swinging on a Star" for Decca Records

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1961 Jane Fonda made her acting debut in the NBC drama "A String of Beads"

Actress Jane Fonda
Actress
Jane Fonda
  • 1965 WVIZ TV channel 25 in Cleveland, Ohio (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1966 KWCM TV channel 10 in Appleton, MN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 WLED TV channel 49 in Littleton, NH (PBS) begins broadcasting

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1969 "This Is Tom Jones" debuts on ABC TV

Singer Tom Jones
Singer
Tom Jones
  • 1970 "Hollywood Palace" last airs on ABC TV

Film release premierFilm Release

1974 Mel Brooks' film "Blazing Saddles" opens in movie theaters starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder

Actor & Director Mel Brooks
Actor & Director
Mel Brooks
Actor Gene Wilder
Actor
Gene Wilder
  • 1979 "Supertrain", TV Anthology, Superbomb of 1979, debuts on NBC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 Michael Jackson awarded a 4-ft-high platinum disc by CBS

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • 1992 Shannon LA Rhea Marketic, 22, (California), crowned 41st Miss USA

Music releaseAlbum Release

1993 Carmen Electra releases her self-titled debut album, "Carmen Electra"

Music awardsMusic Awards

1994 21st American Music Awards: Whitney Houston wins

Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2006 Uma Thurman is named a knight of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France for outstanding achievement in the field of art and literature

Actress Uma Thurman
Actress
Uma Thurman

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1612 Thomas Killigrew, English humorist/playwright/leader (King's Men)
  • 1655 Jean-Francois Regnard, French comedy writer (Slave in Algeria)
  • 1864 Arthur Collins, singer/comedian (Peerless Quartet)
  • 1891 Ann Little [Mary Brooks], American actress, born in Mount Shasta, California (d. 1984)
  • 1904 Milton Krims, American screenwriter (Prince of Foxes), born in NYC, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1912 Derek Farr, actor (8 O'Clock Walk, Doctor at Large), born in London, England
  • 1912 Jane Ross, actress (Audrey-Phyllis, Coed Fever), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1915 Eddie Bracken, American actor (Summer Stock, Young & Willing), born in Astoria, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1922 Hattie Jacques, actress (Carry on films) (d. 1980), born in Kent, England
  • 1923 Keefe Brasselle, actor (Be Our Guest), born in Elyria, Ohio
  • 1924 Dora Bryan, [Broadhurst], English actress (Taste of Honey), born in Southport England, (d. 2014)
  • 1925 Romolo Valli, actor (Bobby Deerfield, Fistful of Dynamite, La Viaccia)
  • 1940 Gary Bond, England, actor (Outback, Zulu, Anne of Thousand Days)
  • 1943 Gareth Hunt, English actor (d. 2007)
  • 1945 Pete Postlethwaite, actor (The Boxer)
  • 1946 H├ęctor Babenco, film director (Kiss of the Spider Woman), born in Mar del Plata, Argentina (d. 2016)
  • 1954 Miguel Ferrer, actor (Robocop, NCIS LA), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2017)
  • 1955 Rolf Benirschke, NFL place kicker/TV host (Wheel of Fortune), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1956 Emo Philips, American comedian
  • 1958 Michele Drake, La Jolplaymate (May, 1979), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1960 James Spader, American actor (Endless Love, Wall St, Mannequin), born in NYC, New York
  • 1962 Eddie Izzard, British actor and comedian
  • 1964 Dona L Speir, playmate (March, 1984), born in Norwalk, California
  • 1965 Jason Gedrick, actor (Heavenly Kid, Class of '96), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1966 Chris Rock, comedian (SNL, CB4, Boomerang)
  • 1967 Cheung Man, Hong Kong actress
  • 1968 Ashely Allen, playmate (Aug, 1992), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1972 Essence Atkins, American actress
  • 1972 Robyn Lively, American actress

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1978 Ashton Kutcher, American actor (That 70s Show), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

  • 1978 Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Nigerian Nollywood actress, born in Lagos
  • 1985 Tina Majorino, actress, (Waterworld, When a Man Loves a Woman)
  • 1985 Clara Bryant, American actress
  • 1986 Deanna Casaluce, Canadian actress
  • 1989 Louisa Lytton - British actress
  • 1991 Rachel Sibner, American actress
  • 1993 David Dorfman, American actor
  • 1993 Philip Wiegratz, German actor

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1925 Heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey (29) weds actress Estelle Taylor (30)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey

HeartWedding of Interest

1988 Heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson marries actress Robin Givens

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 2009 Actress and skating champ Kristy Swanson (39) weds 1993 World Pair Skater Champion Lloyd Eisler (45) at The Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, California

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1958 Walter Kingsford, British actor (Carefree, My Favorite Blonde), dies at 76
  • 1965 Nance O'Neil, American actor (Cimarron, Royal Bed, Rogue Song), dies at 90
  • 1968 Nick Adams, actor (Interns, Pillow Talk, FBI Story), ODs at 36
  • 1974 Arline Judge, actress (Age of Consent), dies at 61
  • 1975 Brendan Fay, actor (Hustler, Man on a Swing), dies at 54
  • 1980 Katherine Emery, American actress (Maze, Isle of the Dead), dies at 73
  • 1984 Brooks West, actor (Richard-My Friend Irma), dies at 67
  • 1991 Dick Winslow, actor (Tom Sawyer, Mutiny on the Bounty), dies at 75
  • 1992 Buzz Sawyer, wrestler (b. 1959)
  • 1999 Bobby Troup, American musician and actor (b. 1918)
  • 2001 Dale Evans, American actress and singer (Roy Rogers Show), dies at 88
  • 2008 Tamara Desni, German-born British actress (b. 1913)
  • 2009 Brian Naylor (broadcaster), Australian television presenter (b. 1931)
  • 2012 Phil Bruns, American actor and writer, dies of natural causes at 80
  • 2017 Richard Hatch, American actor (Battlestar Galactica), dies of cancer at 71