On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for February 9

Events in Film & TV

  • 1948 WLWT TV channel 5 in Cincinnati, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 WNEP TV channel 16 in Scranton Wilkes-Barre, PA (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • 1956 KHPL (now KWNB) TV channel 6 in Hayes Center, NB (ABC) 1st broadcast

Music ConcertThe Beatles on Ed Sullivan

1964 1st appearance of the Beatles on "The Ed Sullivan Show", from New York, draws 73.7 million television viewers

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The Beatles with TV host Ed Sullivan during their first appearance on his show in February 1964
The Beatles with TV host Ed Sullivan during their first appearance on his show in February 1964
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  • 1964 NYC news anchor Jim Jenson's 1st appearance on WCBS-TV
  • 1969 KGTO TV channel 36 in Fayetteville, AR (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1971 Probably 1st gay theme TV episode - All in the Family
  • 1971 5 men are killed near a BBC transmitter on Brougher Mountain, County Tyrone, in a landmine attack carried out by the Irish Republican Army
  • 1979 ABC airs "Heroes of Rock N Roll" special
  • 1979 New York City premiere of Paul Schrader's allegedly fact based film "Hardcore"
  • 1979 Walter Hill's drama film "The Warriors" is released in the United States, sparking gang violence at many theaters and a halt to the film's marketing campaign
  • 1990 "Bradys" return to TV for 6 episodes on CBS TV
  • 1990 40th Berlin International Film Festival: "Music Box" and "Larks on a String" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • 1992 "2 Shakespearean Actors" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 29 performances
  • 1995 45th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Bait" wins the Golden Bear
  • 1997 11th American Comedy Award: Debbie Reynolds wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 Fox cartoon series "The Simpsons" airs 167th episode; longest-running animated series in cartoon history

Fictional TV Character Homer Simpson
Fictional TV Character
Homer Simpson
Actor Hank Azaria
Hank Azaria
  • 2000 50th Berlin International Film Festival: "Magnolia" wins the Golden Bear

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2006 Al Michaels joins NBC's "Sunday Night Football" broadcast with John Madden

Television Sportscaster Al Michaels
Television Sportscaster
Al Michaels
NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • 2006 56th Berlin International Film Festival: "Grbavica" wins the Golden Bear
  • 2012 62nd Berlin International Film Festival: "Caesar Must Die" wins the Golden Bear

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

2020 92nd Academy Awards: "Parasite" 1st non English film to win Best Picture, Best Director Bong Joon-ho, Best Actor Joaquin Phoenix, Best Actress Renée Zellweger

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1578 Giambattista Andreini, Italian playwright and actor (L'adamo), born in Florence (d. 1654)
  • 1865 Mrs Patrick Campbell [Beatrice Tanner], English actress (Pygmalion), born in London, England (d. 1940)
  • 1866 George Ade, American playwright, writer and humorist (Counsel Widow, Fables in Slang), born in Kentland, Indiana (d. 1944)
  • 1874 Vsevolod Meyerhold [Karl Kasimir Theodor], Russian theatrical director and actor (Houligan), born in Penza Oblast, Russian Empire (d. 1940)

Person of interestRonald Colman

1891 Ronald Colman, English actor (Tale of 2 Cities), born in Richmond, England (d. 1958)

  • 1892 Peggy Wood, American actress (One Life to Live, Mama), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1978)
  • 1892 Tommy Treichel, American professional wrestler (d. 1936)
  • 1901 Brian Donlevy, American actor (Barbary Coast, Glass Key, Wake Island), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1972)
  • 1901 James Murray, American actor (The Crowd, The Shakedown), born in NYC, New York (d. 1936)
  • 1902 Blanche Calloway, American jazz vocalist, band leader (Twelve Clouds of Joy), civil rights activist, and broadcaster, born in Rochester, New York (d. 1978)
  • 1902 Chester Lauck, American actor (Dreaming Out Loud, 2 Weeks to Live), born in Allene, Arkansas (d. 1980)
  • 1909 Carmen Miranda, Portuguese vocalist and actress (Copacabana, Date With Judy), born in Marco de Canavezes, Portugal (d. 1955)
  • 1909 Heather Angel, British-American actress (Night in Montmartre; The Informer; The Last of the Mohicans; Lifeboat), born in Headington, Oxford, England (d. 1986)
  • 1915 Lennard Pearce, British actor (Only Fools and Horses....), born in Paddington, London, England (d. 1984)
  • 1921 B M Ducat-Amos, Air Commandant/director (RAF Nursing Service)
  • 1922 Kathryn Grayson [Zelma Hedrick], American vocalist and actress (Anchors Aweigh, Kiss Me Kate), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (d. 2010)
  • 1928 Roger Mudd, American news anchor (CBS Weekend News, NBC Evening News), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1936 Clive Swift, actor (Frenzy, Passage to India), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1939 Janet Suzman, South African actress (Dry White Season, Nuns on the Run)
  • 1941 Sheila James Kuehl, politician/actress (Zelda-Dobie Gillis)

Person of interestJoe Pesci

1943 Joe Pesci, American actor (Half Nelson, Goodfellas), born in Newark, New Jersey

Actor Joe Pesci
Joe Pesci
  • 1943 Squire Fridell, American actor (Rosetti & Ryan), born in Oakland, California
  • 1951 Penny Peyser, American actress (Rich Man Poor Man, Knots Landing), born in Irvington, New York
  • 1953 Gabriel Rotello, American television documentary producer
  • 1955 Charles Shaughnessy, actor (Shane-Days of our Lives, Nanny), born in London, England
  • 1955 Jim J. Bullock, American actor (Monroe-Too Close for Comfort), born in Casper, Wyoming
  • 1961 Jussi Lampi, Finnish musician and actor, born in Lappajärvi, Finland
  • 1963 Madusa Miceli [Debra Ann], wrestler (WCW), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1963 Lolo Ferrari [Eve Valois], French adult actress and dancer, born in Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dôme, France (d. 2000)
  • 1966 Harald Eia, Norwegian TV - comedian
  • 1968 Rahul Roy, Indian actor
  • 1969 Tom Scharpling, American comedian and writer (Steven Universe, Monk), born in New Jersey
  • 1971 Sharon Case, Det Mich, actress (Sharon Collins-Young & Restless)
  • 1972 Jason George, actor (Michael Bourre-Sunset Beach)
  • 1972 Crispin Freeman, American voice actor
  • 1973 Colin Egglesfield, American actor
  • 1974 Amber Valletta, American actress and model (Hitch, Revenge), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1976 Charlie Day, American actor
  • 1979 Zhang Ziyi, Chinese actress (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), born in Beijing, China
  • 1980 Shelly Martinez, American wrestler
  • 1981 Tom Hiddleston, English actor and producer (Loki in Marvel films), born in London, England
  • 1985 David Gallagher, American actor

Person of interestMichael B. Jordan

1987 Michael B. Jordan, American actor (Black Panther), born in Santa Ana, California

  • 1987 Rose Leslie, Scottish actress (Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones), born in Aberdeen, Scotland
  • 1990 Camille Winbush, American actress
  • 1996 Jimmy Bennett, American actor

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

1957 Actor Richard Harris (26) weds socialite Elizabeth Rees (20)

Actor and Singer Richard Harris
Actor and Singer
Richard Harris

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 2012 Actress Parminder Nagra files for divorce from photographer James Stenson due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1948 Karl Valentin, Bavarian comedian and film producer, dies at 65
  • 1966 Sophie Tucker [Kalish], Russian-born American singer and actress (My Yiddish Mama) known as "last of the red hot mammas", dies at 79
  • 1968 Barbara Everest, actress (Inquest, Madeleine), dies at 77
  • 1969 [George] Gabby Hayes, actor (Albuquerque, Colorado), dies at 83
  • 1973 Vasiliki Maliaros, Greek actress (b. 1883)
  • 1993 David Willis, British journalist (BBC World Service), dies at 54
  • 1993 Kate Wilkinson, actress (Clara-Another World), dies of cancer at 76
  • 1995 David Wayne, American stage and screen actor (Andromeda Strain, Adam's Rib), dies of lung cancer at 81
  • 1996 Gerald Savory, British actor playwright and TV producer (Heart of the Matter), dies at 86
  • 1997 Barry Evans, actor (Dr Upton-Dr in the House), dies at 53
  • 1999 Bryan Mosley, British actor (b. 1931)
  • 2001 Reginald Marsh, British actor (Sicilians, It Happened Here), dies at 74
  • 2003 Vera Ralston [Věra Helena Hrubá], Czech figure skater and actress (Dakota, Accused of Murder), dies of cancer at 83
  • 2006 Nadira, Indian actress (b. 1932)
  • 2007 Ian Richardson, Scottish actor (Francis Urquhart in the BBC's House of Cards), dies in his sleep of a great attack at 72 [1]

Person of interestEd Sabol

2015 Ed Sabol, American filmmaker (NFL Films), dies at 98

Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Ed Sabol
Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Ed Sabol
  • 2018 Reginald "Reg" E Cathey, American actor (The Wire, Oz, House of Cards), dies of lung cancer at 59
  • 2018 John Gavin [Juan Vincent Apablasa Jr], American actor (Imitation of Life, Psycho), and US Ambassador to Mexico (1981–86), dies of complications from pneumonia at 86