On This Day in Film & TV for January 13

Events in Film & TV

  • 1928 RCA and GE install three test television sets in homes in Schenectady, New York allowing American inventor E.F.W. Alexanderson to demonstrate the first home television receiver which delivered a poor and unsteady 1.5 square inch picture
  • 1948 1st country music TV show, "Midwestern Hayride", premieres on WLW-T in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1953 KOLD TV channel 13 in Tucson, AZ (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 WEAR TV channel 3 in Pensacola-Mobile, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1957 "All that Fall", first radio play by Samuel Beckett, aired on BBC Third Programme
  • 1989 "Ryan's Hope" ends 13½ year run on ABC-TV
  • 1989 British comedy sketch show series "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" starring Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie debuts on BBC1
  • 1998 CBS pays $4 billion to televise AFC games for 8-years
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Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1958 American actress Jayne Mansfield (24) weds Hungarian-American bodybuilder Mickey Hargitay (32) at the Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes, California; divorce in 1964
  • 2006 "The Diary of Anne Frank" actress Shelley Winters (85) weds Gerry DeFord a few hours before her death
  • 2022 Actress Danielle Brooks marries Dennis Gelin in Miami

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Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1937 Martin Elmer Johnson, American adventurer and filmmaker, dies at 52
  • 1956 Lyonel Feininger, German-American cartoonist and painter, dies at 84
  • 1958 Edna Purviance, American actress (Charlie Chaplin, Sunnyside), dies at 61
  • 1958 Jesse L. Lasky, U.S. film producer (b. 1880)
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