On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for February 7

Events in Film & TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker
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
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
Jazz Trombonist and Big Band Leader Tommy Dorsey
Jazz Trombonist and Big Band Leader
Tommy Dorsey

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1944 Bing Crosby records "Swinging on a Star" for Decca Records (Academy Award Best Original Song)

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
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
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
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"

  • 1994 American actor and singer Jim Nabors (Gomer Pyle, USMC) undergoes a liver transplant
  • 2001 51st Berlin International Film Festival: "Intimacy" wins the Golden Bear

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
Uma Thurman
  • 2008 58th Berlin International Film Festival: "Elite Squad" wins the Golden Bear
  • 2013 63rd Berlin International Film Festival: "Child's Pose" wins the Golden Bear

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)
  • 1894 Joe Devlin, American actor (Sam-Dick Tracy), born in Manhattan, New York City
  • 1904 Milton Krims, American screenwriter (Prince of Foxes), born in NYC, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1904 Alison Leggatt, British character actress (Day of Triffids, Cows), born in Kensington, London (d. 1990)
  • 1908 Clarence "Buster" Crabbe, American swimmer (Olympic gold 1932) and actor (Tarzan the Fearless, Flash Gordon), born in Oakland, California (d. 1983)
  • 1912 Derek Farr, British actor (8 O'Clock Walk, Doctor at Large), born in London, England (d. 1986)
  • 1914 Ralph Whitlock, British farmer, conservationist, writer, and broadcaster, born in Pitton, Wiltshire,England (d. 1995)
  • 1915 Eddie Bracken, American actor (Summer Stock, Young & Willing), born in Astoria, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1917 Milton "Milt" Holland, American drummer, percussionist, ethnomusicologist (film Tinkerbell's tinkle, Bewitched's nose tinkle), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2005)
  • 1919 Jock Mahoney [Jacques Joseph O'Mahoney], American actor and stuntman (Dallas, Yancy Derringer, Day of Fury), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1989)
  • 1919 Desmond Doss, American soldier and 1st conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor who was the subject of the film Hacksaw Ridge, born in Lynchburg, Virginia (d. 2006)
  • 1922 Josephine "Hattie" Jacques, British comedy actress (Carry on films, Hancock's Half Hour), born in Kent, England (d. 1980)
  • 1923 Keefe Brasselle [John Brasselli], American actor (The Eddie Cantor Story, Be Our Guest), born in Elyria, Ohio (d. 1981)
  • 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)
  • 1927 Juliette Gréco, French singer (Sous le ciel de Paris) and actress, born in Montpellier, France (d. 2020) [1]
  • 1927 Laurence "Laurie" Johnson, British film and television score composer (Dr. Strangelove; The Avengers), born in Hampstead, England
  • 1931 Gloria Talbott, American film and television actress, sometimes known as "the Scream Queen" for her work in B-movies, born in Glendale, California (d. 2000)
  • 1940 Gary Bond, England, actor (Outback, Zulu, Anne of Thousand Days)
  • 1943 Gareth Hunt, English actor (d. 2007)
  • 1945 Pete Postlethwaite, English actor (In the Name of the Father, Inception), born in Warrington, England (d. 2011)
  • 1946 Héctor 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)
  • 1954 Dieter Bohlen, German pop singer-songwriter, record producer, and television personality, born in Berne, West Germany
  • 1955 Rolf Benirschke, NFL place kicker/TV host (Wheel of Fortune), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1956 Emo Philips, American comedian
  • 1958 Michele Drake, playmate (May, 1979), born in La Jolla, California
  • 1960 James Spader, American actor (Endless Love, Wall St, Mannequin), born in NYC, New York
  • 1962 Eddie Izzard, British actor and comedian
  • 1965 Jason Gedrick, actor (Heavenly Kid, Class of '96), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1966 Chris Rock, American comedian (SNL, CB4, Everybody Hates Chris), born in Andrews, South Carolina
  • 1967 Sharla Cheung Man, Hong Kong actress (All For the Winner), born in Shanghai, China
  • 1972 Essence Atkins, American actress
  • 1972 Robyn Lively, American actress

Person of interestAshton Kutcher

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
  • 1990 Seán McLoughlin [Jacksepticeye], Irish Youtuber, born in Athlone, Ireland
  • 1991 Rachel Sibner, American actress
  • 1993 David Dorfman, American actor
  • 1993 Philip Wiegratz, German actor

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey

LoveWedding of Interest

1988 Heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson marries actress Robin Givens

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
Model and Actress Robin Givens
Model and Actress
Robin Givens
  • 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 [Nicholas Aloysius Adamshock], American actor (Interns, Pillow Talk, FBI Story), dies of a drug overdose at 36
  • 1974 Arline Judge, American actress (Girls in Chains, Mad Wednesday, 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, American actor (Tom Sawyer, Mutiny on the Bounty), dies at 75
  • 1992 Buzz Sawyer, wrestler (b. 1959)
  • 1999 Robert "Bobby" Troup, American jazz pianist and actor (Emergency, Acapulco), dies of a heart attack at 80
  • 2001 Dale Evans, American actress and singer (Roy Rogers Show), dies at 88
  • 2001 Robert "King" Moody, American actor and comedian (Shtarker-Get Smart), dies at 71
  • 2008 Tamara Desni [Brodsky], German-born British actress (The Green Finger, Hell's Cargo), dies from natural causes at 97
  • 2009 Brian Naylor (broadcaster), Australian television presenter (b. 1931)
  • 2012 Phil Bruns, American actor and writer (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman - "George Shumway"), dies of natural causes at 80
  • 2015 Dean Smith, American actor & relay runner (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 83
  • 2017 Richard Hatch, American actor (Battlestar Galactica), dies of cancer at 71
  • 2018 Mickey Jones, American musician and actor (Home Improvement, Justified), dies at 76
  • 2019 Albert Finney, English actor (The Dresser, Under the Volcano), dies at 82
  • 2020 Orson Bean, American actor and comedian (To Tell the Truth), killed in a traffic accident at 91
  • 2020 Nexhmije Pagarusha, Albanian singer ‘the Nightingale of Kosovo’ and actress, dies at 86
  • 2021 Pedro Gomez, American sports journalist (ESPN 2003-21), dies at 58