On This Day in Film & TV for February 8

Events in Film & TV


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1915 "The Birth of a Nation" the first 12-reel film in America, directed by D. W. Griffith, starring Lillian Gish and Mae Marsh, opens at Clune's Auditorium in Los Angeles

Film director D. W. Griffith
Film director
D. W. Griffith
  • 1925 Kaufman & Berlin's musical "cocoanuts" premieres in New York City

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1926 Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio becomes Walt Disney Studios

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • 1947 KSD (now KSDK) TV channel 5 in St Louis, MO (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1952 "RCA Victor Show Starring Dennis Day" debuts on NBC TV
  • 1953 WLVA (now WSET) TV channel 13 in Lynchburg-Roanoke, VA (ABC) begins
  • 1958 KIRO TV channel 7 in Seattle, WA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1962 KACB TV channel 3 in San Angelo, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting

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1965 22nd Golden Globes: "Becket", Peter O'Toole, & Anne Bancroft win

Actress Anne Bancroft
Actress
Anne Bancroft
  • 1968 "Planet of the Apes" premieres in New York City
  • 1971 Pedro Morales beats Ivan Koloff in NY, to become WWF wrestling champ
  • 1974 "Good Times" (spinoff from "Maude") premieres on CBS TV
  • 1974 Soap opera "Secret Storm" ends a 20 year run

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1976 "Taxi Driver" directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster, is released (Palme d'Or 1976)

Film Director Martin Scorsese
Film Director
Martin Scorsese
Actor Robert De Niro
Actor
Robert De Niro
Actress Jodie Foster
Actress
Jodie Foster

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1986 The crime film "A Better Tomorrow", starring Yun Fat Chow, premieres in Hong Kong

  • 1990 "60 Minutes" commentator Andy Rooney suspended by CBS for racial remarks attributed to him by a gay magazine
  • 1993 GM sues NBC, alleging that "Dateline NBC" program had rigged 2 car-truck crashes to show that 1973-87 GM pickups were prone to fires

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1994 Jack Nicholson uses a golf club to attack a car

  • 1994 "Sátántangó", Hungarian film directed by Béla Tarr, starring Mihály Víg, Putyi Horváth, is released
  • 1997 28th NAACP Image Awards: "A Time to Kill" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • 2009 62nd British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "Slumdog Millionaire" Best Film, Danny Boyle Best Director

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2015 68th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "Boyhood" Best Film, Richard Linklater Best Director


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1882 George Siegmann, American actor (Birth of Nation, Queen of Sheba, Oliver Twist), born in NYC, New York (d. 1928)
  • 1884 Reginald "Snowy" Baker, Australian athlete and actor (The Sword of Valor), born in Surry Hills, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1953)
  • 1886 Charlie Ruggles, American actor (Bringing Up Baby, The Patchwork Girl of Oz), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1970)
  • 1888 Edith Evans, British actress (Tom Jones, David Copperfield), born in London, England (d. 1976)
  • 1894 King Vidor, American film director (War & Peace, Stella Dallas), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 1982)
  • 1896 Orville Caldwell, American actor (Patsy, French Doll, Last Warning), born in Oakland, California (d. 1967)
  • 1902 Lyle Talbot [Lysle Henderson], American actor (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • 1903 Greta Keller, Austrian-born cabaret singer and actress, born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1977)
  • 1905 Truman Bradley, Missouri US, TV host (Science Fiction Theater)
  • 1907 Ray Middleton, American actor (1776, Hurricane Smith), born in Chicago Illinois (d. 1984)
  • 1908 Myron McCormick, Albany, actor (Hustler, Jolson Sings Again)
  • 1913 Betty Field, actress (Kings Row, Bus Stop), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1918 Fred Blassie, American professional wrestler (d. 2003)

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1920 Lana Turner, American actress (Survivors, Falcon Crest), born in Wallace, Idaho (d. 1995)

Actress Lana Turner
Actress
Lana Turner
  • 1922 Audrey Meadows, American actress (The Honeymooners, The Jackie Gleason Show)

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1925 Jack Lemmon, actor (Days of Wine & Roses, Missing), born in Boston, Massachusetts

  • 1927 Stanley Baker, Ferndale Wales, actor (Concrete Jungle, Zorro, Zulu)
  • 1928 Jack Larson, playwright and actor (Jimmy Olsen-Superman), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • 1930 Alejandro Rey, actor (Carlos-Flying Nun), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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1931 James Dean, American stage and film actor (Giant, Rebel Without a Cause), born in Marion, Indiana (d. 1955)

Actor James Dean
Actor
James Dean

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1932 John Williams, American composer responsible for some of the most recognizable film scores (Jaws, Star Wars, Harry Potter, India Jones, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial), born in NYC, New York

Composer John Williams
Composer
John Williams
  • 1937 Joe Raposa, composer/songwriter (Sesame Street)
  • 1937 Manfred Krug, Duisburg Germany, actor (Boxer)
  • 1940 Ted Koppel, Lancashire England, American journalist (ABC Nightline)
  • 1941 Nick Nolte, American actor (The Thin Red Line, 48 Hrs), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1942 Robert Klein, comedian and actor (Hooper, Deadly Rivals), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1949 Brooke Adams, American actress (Cynthia-OK Crackerby, Body Snatchers), born in NYC, New York
  • 1949 Julia Barr, Ft Wayne Ind, actress (Brooke-All My Children)
  • 1950 Cristina Ferrare, American former supermodel and actress
  • 1953 Mary Steenburgen, Newport Ark, actress (Parenthood, Time After Time)
  • 1955 Ethan Phillips, actor (Neelix-Star Trek Voyager)
  • 1955 Jim "the Anvil" Neidhart, wrestler (WWF/WCW/NJPW/CWFI/Calgary)
  • 1955 Nancy Oliver, American playwright and television writer
  • 1958 "Sensational" Sherri Martel, American professional wrestler (WWF), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2007)
  • 1959 Pamela Jean Bryant,playmate (April, 1978), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1961 Bruce Timm, TV Producer (DC Animated Universe)
  • 1965 Mathilda May, actress (Lifeforce), born in Paris, France
  • 1968 Gary Coleman, American actor (Diff'rent Strokes), born in Zion, llinois (d. 2010)
  • 1969 Mary McCormack, actress, (Murder One, Private Parts)
  • 1969 Shiva Rose, American actress
  • 1971 Heidi Mark, playmate (Jul, 1995), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1974 Seth Green, American actor and producer (Family Guy, Austin Powers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1975 Joshua Morrow, Juneau Alaska, actor (Nicholas Newman-Young & Restless)
  • 1977 Bridgette Kerkove, American actress
  • 1979 Josh Keaton, American actor and singer
  • 1980 Ralf Little, English actor/comedian
  • 1981 Tommy Michaels, actor (Timmy Hutton-All My Children), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1982 Satomi Kōrogi, Japanese voice actress
  • 1982 Sousuke Takaoka, Japanese actor
  • 1982 Danny Tamberelli, American actor
  • 1989 Danielle Harmer, English actress
  • 1995 Jordan Todosey, Canadian actress

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1985 Director Martin Scorsese (42) weds producer Barbara De Fina (35)

Film Director Martin Scorsese
Film Director
Martin Scorsese

HeartWedding of Interest

2001 MLB outfielder David Justice (34) weds model Rebecca Villalobos

MLB Outfielder David Justice
MLB Outfielder
David Justice

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1980 Model Angie Bowie (30) divorces singer David Bowie (33) after 9 years of marriage

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1946 Miles Mander, British actor (Tower of London, Wuthering Heights, Murder!), dies from a heart attack at 57
  • 1953 Cliff Clark, American actor (Kid Glove Killer, Golden Hoofs, Vigilante Hideout), dies from a heart attack at 63
  • 1954 Mabel Paige, actress (Lucky Jordan), dies at 73
  • 1961 William Duncan, Scottish actor (Hopalong Rides Again, Thunder Trail), dies at 81
  • 1963 George Dolenz, Italian actor (Count of Monte Cristo), dies at 55
  • 1974 Fern Andra [Vernal Andrews], American actress who worked in German silent cinema, dies at 80
  • 1975 Martyn Green, British actor (Gilbert & Sullivan, Iceman Cometh), dies at 75
  • 1985 Marvin Miller, actor (Michael Anthony-Millionaire), dies at 71
  • 1985 Tom Greenway, actor (Miami Story), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • 1987 Harriet MacGibbon, American actress, dies of a pulmonary & cardiac failure at 81
  • 1988 Allan Cuthbertson, actor (Running Man, 7th Dawn), dies at 67
  • 1992 Baruch Lumet, actor (Killer Shrews), dies at 93
  • 1993 Douglas Heyes, director/writer (Kitten with a Whip), dies at 73
  • 1994 Ken Hall, Australian director and producer (Kokoda front line), dies at 92
  • 2001 Ivo Caprino, Norwegian animated film director (b. 1920)
  • 2007 Anna Nicole Smith, Playboy playmate and tabloid fixture dies suddenly at 39