On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for January 2

Events in Film & TV

  • 1948 WNDT (now WNET) TV channel 13 in New York-Newark, NY (PBS) begins
  • 1949 KDKA TV channel 2 in Pittsburgh, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1955 1st "Bob Cummings Show" premieres on NBC (later on CBS)
  • 1962 Nighttime version of "Password" with Allen Ludden premieres on CBS
  • 1966 National Football League Championship, Lambeau Field, Green Bay: Green Bay Packers beat Cleveland Browns, 23-12; first NFL title game televised in colour; last one played before Super Bowl era
  • 1968 KBHK TV channel 44 in San Francisco, California (IND) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Sting joins pro wrestling's legendary "4 Horsemen" (Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Ole Anderson)

Professional Wrestler Ric Flair
Professional Wrestler
Ric Flair

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1713 Marie Dumesnil, French actress (Iphigénie en Aulide), born in Paris, France (d. 1803)
  • 1886 Florence Lawrence, Canadian actress (Lady Helen's Escapade), born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (d. 1938)
  • 1889 Walter Baldwin, American actor (The Best Years of Our Lives, The Long, Long Trailer), born in Lima, Ohio (d. 1977)
  • 1897 Jim Londos, Greek wrestler (d. 1975)
  • 1900 William Haines, American actor (Fast Life, Little Annie Rooney), born in Staunton, Virginia (d. 1973)
  • 1901 Rex O'Malley, British actor (Camille; Zara; Midnight, Thief), born in London, England (d. 1976)
  • 1908 Ben Grauer, American newscaster (Big Story), born in NYC, New York
  • 1913 Anna Lee [Joan Boniface Winnifrith], British actress (General Hospital, How Green Was My Valley), born in Ightham, Kent, England (d. 2004)
  • 1922 Jason Evers, American actor (Wrangler, Channing), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1925 Larry Harmon, American entertainer and TV producer (d. 2008)
  • 1926 Howard Caine, American actor (Brushfire), born in Nashville Tennessee (d. 1993)
  • 1938 John Considine, actor (Reginald Love-Another World)
  • 1943 Barış Manço, Turkish singer and television producer (d. 1999)
  • 1949 Christopher Durang, playwright/actor (Sister Mary), born in Montclair, New Jersey
  • 1951 Nadia Cassini [Gianna Lou Muller], model (Oui), born in Woodstock, New York
  • 1952 Man-Tat Ng, Hong Kong actor (The Final Combat), born in Xiamen, China
  • 1952 Wendy Phillips, American actress (Executive Suite, Promised Land), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1954 Cynthia Sikes, American actress (Flamingo Road, St Elsewhere), born in Coffeyville, Kansas
  • 1955 Tex Brashear, American voice actor
  • 1957 Joanna Pacula, Tomszowaubelski Poland, actress (Gorky Park, Kiss)

Person of interestGabrielle Carteris

1961 Gabrielle Carteris, American actress (Andrea in Beverly Hills 90210), born in Scottsdale, Arizona

  • 1961 Todd Haynes, American film director
  • 1961 Craig James, American NFL running back and sports commentator (Pro Bowl 1985; New England Patriots; ABC, ESPN), born in Jacksonville, Texas
  • 1967 Tia Carrere [Althea Janairo], American actress (Wayne's World, True Lies), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1967 Jón Gnarr, Icelandic comedian
  • 1968 Cuba Gooding Jr, actor (Boyz N the Hood, Glaadiator, Few Good Men)
  • 1968 Evan Parke, Jamaican actor

Person of interestChristy Turlington

1969 Christy Turlington, American model (Calvin Klein Eternity), born in San Francisco, California

Supermodel Christy Turlington
Supermodel
Christy Turlington

Person of interestTommy Morrison

1969 Tommy Morrison, American boxer (WBO heavyweight title 1993) and actor (Rocky V), born in Gravette, Arkansas (d. 2013)

Heavyweight Boxer Tommy Morrison
Heavyweight Boxer
Tommy Morrison
  • 1970 Royce Clayton, American baseball shortstop (MLB All Star 1997; SF Giants, St Louis Cardinals) and actor (The Rookie, Moneyball), born in Burbank, California
  • 1971 Taye Diggs, American actor
  • 1973 Lucy Davis, British actress
  • 1973 Will Kirby, American actor
  • 1975 Dax Shepard, American actor
  • 1976 Mahée Paiement, Canadian actress
  • 1976 Paz Vega, Spanish actress
  • 1977 Brian Boucher, American ice hockey goaltender (NHL modern record for the longest shutout streak 332:01, 2003-04) and broadcaster (NBCSN, NBC), born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island
  • 1978 Devin Doherty, actor (Jimmy Clayton-Swan's Crossing)
  • 1978 Toyoguchi Megumi, Japanese seiyuu (voice actress)
  • 1978 Karina Smirnoff, Ukrainian-American ballroom dancer and TV personality (Dancing with the Stars), born in Kharkiv, Ukraine
  • 1979 Suranne Jones, British actress
  • 1983 Kate Bosworth, American actress (Superman Returns), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1987 Loui Batley, British actress

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

1993 Supermodel Kim Alexis (32) weds ice hockey player Ron Duguay (35)

Supermodel Kim Alexis
Supermodel
Kim Alexis
  • 2006 NBC correspondent Chip Reid weds Nina Block in Hawaii
  • 2010 "American Idol" singer Jason Castro (22) weds Mandy Mayhall near Dallas, Texas

LoveWedding of Interest

2010 Actor Vince Vaughn (39) weds realtor Kyla Weber in Lake Forest, Illinois


Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1937 Ross Alexander, American stage and film actor (Captain Blood, Boulder Dam), commits suicide by gunshot at 29

Person of interestEmil Jannings

1950 Emil Jannings, German actor (Faust, The Blue Angel, The Way of All Flesh), dies of liver cancer at 65

  • 1960 Cees [Cornelis J] Laseur, Dutch actor & director (Hague Comedy), dies at 60
  • 1963 Dick Powell [Richard Ewing Powell], American singer, actor, producer and director (Cry Danger, Dick Powell Theater), dies from cancer at 58
  • 1963 Jack Carson, Canadian-American actor (Star is Born, Mildred Pierce), dies at 52
  • 1969 George Renevant [Georges de Cheux], French actor (Moulin Rouge, Scotland Yard, Comrade X), dies at 74
  • 1971 Willard Maas, American educator & experimental filmmaker (b. 1906)
  • 1983 Richard "Dick" Emery, British comedian & actor (Yellow Submarine, Loot, Baby Love), dies from cardio-respiratory failure at 65
  • 1983 Harriet Parsons, American film producer (Susan Slept Here), dies at 76 of cancer
  • 1986 Una Merkel, American actress (Abraham Lincoln), dies at 82
  • 1990 Alan Hale Jr., American actor (Skipper-Gilligan's Island), dies of cancer at 68
  • 1991 Renato Rascel, Italian actor (7 Hills of Rome, Secrets of Santa Vittoria), dies of heart failure at 78
  • 1992 Virginia Field, British-born actress (Dream Girl), dies of cancer at 74
  • 1995 Nancy Kelly, American child actress & model (The Bad Seed, Double Exposure, Jesse James), dies at 73
  • 1999 Shepard Menken, American voice & character actor (The Wild Wild West), dies at 77
  • 2001 Teri Diver, American actress, dies at 29
  • 2002 Margaret "Bibi" Osterwald, American actress (As Good as It Gets, Bridget Loves Bernie), dies of lung disease at 83
  • 2004 Doralyn "Lynn" Cartwright, American character actress (A League of Their Own), dies at 76
  • 2005 Cyril Fletcher, British comedian, dies at 91
  • 2006 Osa Massen [Aase Madsen Iversen], Dutch actress (Jack London, Rocketship X-M), dies at 91
  • 2007 Sergio Jiménez, Mexican actor, dies at 69
  • 2009 Jett Travolta, son of actors John Travolta and Kelly Preston, dies of a seizure at 16
  • 2011 Anne Francis, American actress (Honey West, Forbidden Planet, Pancho Villa), dies at 80
  • 2011 Pete Postlethwaite, English actor (In the Name of the Father, Inception), dies of pancreatic cancer at 64
  • 2013 Ned Wertimer, American actor (The Jeffersons), dies from complications from a fall at 89
  • 2019 Bob Einstein, American comedian (Officer Judy, Super Dave Osborne), dies of leukemia at 76
  • 2019 "Mean" Gene Okerlund, American pro wrestling interviewer, announcer and television host (WWF, WCW), dies of kidney failure at 76