On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for January 16

Events in Film & TV

  • 1936 Screen Actors Guild incorporates with King Vidor as president
  • 1949 KNBH (now KNBC) TV channel 4 in Los Angeles, CA (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 1949 WTOP (now WUSA) TV channel 9 in Washington, D.C. (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1953 KXLY TV channel 4 in Spokane, WA (ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1962 Shooting begins on "Dr No" the first James Bond film
  • 1965 "Outer Limits" last airs on ABC-TV
  • 1973 NBC presents 440th & final showing of "Bonanza"
  • 1976 "Donny & Marie" [Osmond] musical variety show premieres on ABC TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1979 BBC landmark nature series "Life on Earth" presented by David Attenborough first shown on BBC One

Natural History Filmmaker and TV Personality David Attenborough
Natural History Filmmaker and TV Personality
David Attenborough
  • 1988 4th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins
  • 1988 Jimmy "the Greek" Snyder fired from CBS for racial remarks
  • 1989 5th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins
  • 1991 7th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins
  • 1992 "Two Shakespearean Actors" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 29 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 Eric Clapton performs for an episode of MTV "Unplugged" at Bray Film Studios in Windsor, England. Recording won six Grammy Awards, and became Clapton's bestselling album, and the bestselling live album of all time

Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Eric Clapton
Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Eric Clapton
  • 1993 25th NAACP Image Awards: "Boyz n the Hood" wins Outstanding Motion Picture

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

2005 62nd Golden Globes: "The Aviator", Leonardo DiCaprio and Hilary Swank win

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

2006 63rd Golden Globes: Brokeback Mountain, Philip Seymour Hoffman, & Felicity Huffman win

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

2011 68th Golden Globes: The Social Network, Colin Firth, & Natalie Portman win

  • 2014 19th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: 12 Years a Slave wins Best Film

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1853 Johnston Forbes-Robertson, British actor and theatre director (Kathleen), born in London, England (d. 1937)
  • 1864 Frank Bacon, American playwright, actor and author (Lightnin'), born near Yuba City, California (d. 1922)
  • 1872 Edward Gordon Craig, British modernist actor, director and theorist (On the art of theatre), born in Stevenage Hertfordshire, England (d. 1966)
  • 1878 Harry Carey [Henry DeWitt Carey II], American actor (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Red River), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1947)
  • 1887 John Hamilton, American actor (Superman), born in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1958)
  • 1890 Karl Freund, German cinematographer and film director (Dracula; I Love Lucy; The Mummy), born in Dvůr Králové (Königinhof), Bohemia, Austria-Hungarian Empire (d. 1969)
  • 1890 Lloyd Bacon, American actor (Charlie Chaplin), born in San Jose, California (d. 1955)
  • 1896 Ruth Rose, American screenwriter (d. 1978)
  • 1898 Margaret Booth, American film editor (d. 2002)
  • 1898 Irving Rapper, UK-US film director (d. 1999)
  • 1906 Diana Wynyard, British actress (Cavalcade), born in London, England (d. 1964)
  • 1907 Alexander Knox, Canadian actor and author (Gorky Park, 2 of a Kind), born in Strathroy, Ontario, Canada (d. 1995)
  • 1908 Ethel Merman, American stage and screen actress (Anything Goes, Call Me Madam), born in Queens, New York (d. 1984)
  • 1917 William "Buddy" Lester, American comedian and actor (Barney Miller, Phil Silvers Show), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2002)
  • 1918 Stirling Silliphant, screenwriter
  • 1920 Edgeworth Blair "Elliott" Reid, American actor (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1923 Gene Feist, American actor, playwright, producer and co-founder of Roundabout Theater Company, born in New York (d. 2014)
  • 1924 Katy Jurado, Mexican actress, 1st Latin actress to win a Golden Globe (High Noon, Broken Lance), born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico (d. 2002)
  • 1931 Vladimír Škutina, Czechoslovakian writer and actor (Hvezda jede na jih), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 1995)

Person of interestSusan Sontag

1933 Susan Sontag, American author & film director (Benefactor, 1966 Pol Award), born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)

Author Susan Sontag
Susan Sontag
  • 1936 Michael White, British theater & film producer (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), born in Glasgow (d. 2016)
  • 1937 Bob Bogle, American surf rock bassist and guitarist (Ventures - "Walk, Don't Run"), born in Wagoner, Oklahoma (d. 2009)
  • 1937 Lorraine Bayly, Australian actress, born in Narrandera, Australia
  • 1938 Michael Pataki, American actor (Get Christie Love), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1938 Jô Soares, Brazilian author, musician and TV personality, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1941 Richard Bohringer, French actor (Diva, I Married a Shadow), born in Paris, France
  • 1942 René Angélil, Canadian music executive, actor and director (Omertà, L'apparition), and husband of Céline Dion, born in Montréal, Québec (d. 2016)
  • 1945 Kabir Bedi, Pakistani actor (Thief of Baghdad, Terminal Entry), born in Lahore, Pakistan
  • 1946 Katia Ricclarelli, Italian soprano and actress (Falstaff, Otello, Turandot), born in Rovigo, Italy
  • 1947 Juliet Berto, French actress (Le Sex Shop), born in Grenoble France (d. 1990)

Person of interestJohn Carpenter

1948 John Carpenter, American film director (Halloween, The Thing), born in Carthage, New York

Horror film director John Carpenter
Horror film director
John Carpenter
  • 1949 Caroline Munro, English actress & model (The Spy Who Loved Me, Maniac), born in Windsor, Berkshire
  • 1950 Debbie Allen, American dancer, choreographer, actress (Fame -"Lydia"), producer, and director (A Different World), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1950 Jesse Dizon, American actor, born in Oceanside, California
  • 1956 Jennifer Dale, Canadian actress, born in Toronto, Canada
  • 1957 Ricardo Darin, Argentine director and actor (The Secret in Their Eyes), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1963 James May, English television presenter, born in Bristol, United Kingdom
  • 1968 David Chokachi, American actor (Baywatch), born in Plymouth, Massachusetts
  • 1971 Josh Evans, American actor (Ricochett, The Doors), and film producer, born in New York City
  • 1972 Dameon Clarke, Canadian actor, born in Mississauga, Canada
  • 1972 Richard T. Jones, American actor, born in Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan
  • 1972 Greg Page, Australian musician and actor (The Wiggles), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1973 Josie Davis, American actress (Sarah-Charles in Charge, Two and a Half Men), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestKate Moss

1974 Kate Moss, English model, born in Croydon, England

Supermodel Kate Moss
Kate Moss
  • 1975 Gillian Iliana Waters, American actress, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1979 Aaliyah [Haughton], American singer and actress, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2001)
  • 1980 Michelle Wild, Hungarian model, born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1980 Alyssa Edwards [Justin Johnson], American drag performer, choreographer, TV personality and businessperson (Beyond Belief Dance Company), born in Mesquite, Texas
  • 1982 Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Danish actress (Borgen, Pitch Perfect 2), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1986 Mason Gamble, American actor (Dennis the Menace), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1987 Lauren McAvoy, British fashion model, born in Wickford, United Kingdom

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1999 "General Hospital" actor Steve Burton (29) weds model Sheree Gustin (22) at a cliffside church in Dana Point, California
  • 2016 Actress and singer Jamie-Lynn Sigler (35) weds baseball player Cutter Dykstra (53) in Palm Springs, California

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1942 Carole Lombard [Jane Alice Peters], American actress (My Man Godfrey; To Be or Not to Be), dies in a plane crash at 33
  • 1946 Johanna HC Albregt, actress/wife of Henri Dons (Paradise), dies at 71
  • 1957 Arturo Toscanini, Italian US conductor (NBC), dies in NYC at 89
  • 1971 Kermit Maynard, American cowboy actor (Valley of Terror, Saturday Roundup), dies at 73

Person of interestTed Cassidy

1979 Ted Cassidy, American actor (Lurch-Addams Family), dies at 46

  • 1981 Bernard Lee, British actor (M in James Bond movies, Fallen Idol, Dr No), dies at 73
  • 1987 Joyce Jameson, American comedienne and actress (Spike Jones Show, The Outlaw Josey Wales), commits suicide at 59
  • 1988 Ballard Berkeley [Blascheck], British actor (Fawlty Towers, East meets West, The BFG), dies at 83
  • 1989 Pierre Boileau, French screenwriter (Vertigo), dies at 82
  • 1989 Romo Vincent, actor (Naked Jungle), dies
  • 1989 Trey Wilson, actor (Bull Durham, Twins, Raising Arizona), dies
  • 1992 Roselle Novelle, silent film actress, dies at 95
  • 1993 Florence Desmond [Dawson], actress (Sally in Our Alley), dies at 87
  • 1993 Glenn Corbett, American actor (Shenandoah, Chisum, Midway), dies at 63
  • 1994 Martin Kosleck, German actor (Pursuit to Algiers, Agent for H.A.R.M.), dies at 89
  • 1998 Dimitris Horn, Greek actor (A Girl in Black), dies of cancer at 66
  • 2001 Virginia O'Brien, American actress and singer (Meet the People, Gus, Ziegfeld Follies), dies of a heart attack at 81
  • 2002 Ron Taylor, American actor (b. 1952)
  • 2007 Ron Carey, American actor (Barney Miller), dies of a stroke at 71
  • 2009 John Mortimer, British barrister, screenwriter and author. (b. 1923)
  • 2014 Russell Johnson, American television and film actor, best known for his role as "The Professor" on Gilligan's Island, dies of kidney failure at 89
  • 2014 Dave Madden, Canadian-born American actor (Charlotte's Web, Alice, The Partridge Family), dies from heart and kidney failure at 82
  • 2018 Bradford Dillman, American actor (Compulsion, Piranha, Sudden Impact, Enforcer), dies of complications of pneumonia at 87