On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for January 22

Events in Film & TV

  • 1931 VARA begins experimental TV broadcast in Diamantbeurs Amsterdam
  • 1940 1st radio broadcast of "Road to Happiness" on CBS
  • 1947 1st commercial TV station west of Mississippi opens in Hollywood, California

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

1954 11th Golden Globes: The Robe, Spencer Tracy, & Audrey Hepburn win

  • 1958 KRSD (now KEVN) TV channel 7 in Rapid City, SD (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • 1968 "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" premieres on NBC
  • 1985 Kelly Hu, 16, of Hawaii, crowned 3rd Miss Teen USA
  • 1987 Pennsylvania politician R. Budd Dwyer shoots and kills himself at a press conference on live national television, leading to debates on boundaries in journalism

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

1994 51st Golden Globes: Schlinder's List, Tom Hanks, & Holly Hunter win

Actor Tom Hanks
Actor
Tom Hanks
Actress Holly Hunter
Actress
Holly Hunter

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2010 Conan O'Brien's last The Tonight Show episode after a big controversy over the Tonight Show timeslot

TV Host Conan O'Brien
TV Host
Conan O'Brien
  • 2018 Netflix becomes the largest digital media and entertainment company in the world worth $100 billion

Birthdays in Film & TV


Person of interestD. W. Griffith

1875 D.W. Griffith, American film director and producer (Birth of a Nation, Intolerance), born in LaGrange, Kentucky (d. 1948)

Film Director D. W. Griffith
Film Director
D. W. Griffith
  • 1875 Thomas W Ross, American actor (Without Limit, Kings Row, 17, Mortal Storm), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1959)
  • 1878 Constance Collier, British actress and writer (Rope, Stage Door, Whirlpool), born in Windsor, England (d. 1955)
  • 1882 Theodore Kosloff, Russian-born actor, ballet dancer and choreographer, born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1956)
  • 1893 Conrad Veidt, German actor (Casablanca, Cabinet of Dr Calgary), born in Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany (d. 1943)
  • 1894 Matt McHugh, American actor (Taxi, Freaks, Barbary Coast, Innocent Affair), born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania (d. 1971)
  • 1906 Joe Gladwin, British actor (Nearest and Dearest, No Hard Feelings), born in Salford, Lancashire, England (d. 1987)
  • 1907 Mary Dresselhuys, Dutch actress (Village by the River), born in Tiel, Gelderland, Netherlands (d. 2004)
  • 1909 Ann Sothern [Harriette Arlene Lake], American actress (Lady in a Cage), born in Valley City, North Dakota (d. 2001)
  • 1920 George Breakston, French-American producer, actor and director (Jungle Stampede, It Happened One Night), born in Paris, France (d. 1973)
  • 1923 Diana Douglas, Bermudian-born American actress (The Indian Fighter), born in Devonshire Bermuda (d. 2015)
  • 1932 Piper Laurie [Rosetta Jacobs], American actress (Twin Peaks, Carrie, The Hustler), born in Detroit, Michigan

Person of interestBill Bixby

1934 Bill Bixby, American actor, director and producer (Incredible Hulk, My Favorite Martian), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1993)

Actor Bill Bixby
Actor
Bill Bixby
  • 1935 Seymour Cassel, American actor (Faces, Plain Clothes, Valentino), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2019)
  • 1940 John Hurt, English actor (Elephant Man, Alien, Midnight Express), born in Chesterfield (d. 2017)
  • 1943 Marília Pêra, Brazilian actress (Better Days Ahead, Pixote), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 2015)
  • 1945 Michael Cristofer, actor/writer (Little Drummer Girl)
  • 1946 Andrew Rubin, actor (Hometown, Joe Bash) [or Jun 22], born in New Bedford, Massachusetts
  • 1948 Northern Calloway, American actor (d. 1990)
  • 1952 Ace Vergel, Filipino actor (d. 2007)
  • 1954 Chris Lemmon, American actor (Brothers & Sisters, Duet) [or Jun 22], born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1954 Tully Blanchard, American professional wrestler, born in Calgary, Canada
  • 1955 John Wesley Shipp, American actor (Dawson's Creek, One Life to Live), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1957 Rene Requiestas, Filipino actor & comedian, born in Tondo, Philippines (d. 1993)
  • 1959 Linda Blair, American actress (Exorcist, Chained Heat, Savage St), born in St Louis, Missouri

Person of interestMichael Hutchence

1960 Michael Hutchence, Australian rock vocalist & actor (INXS, Dogs in Space), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1997)

  • 1962 Robert Mailhouse, American actor (Brian-Days of our Life), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1962 Choi Min-sik, South Korean actor, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1964 Maria Ellingsen, Icelandic actress (Katrina-Santa Barbara), born in Reykjavik, Iceland
  • 1965 Diane Lane, American actress (The Perfect Storm, Lady Beware, Lonesome Dove), born in NYC, New York
  • 1965 Brian McCardie, Scottish actor, born in Bellshill, United Kingdom
  • 1965 Chintara Sukapatana, Thai actress, born in Phra Pradaeng District, Thailand
  • 1966 Carlton Haselrig, American football guard (Pro Bowl 1992; Pittsburgh Steelers) and wrestler (6 x NCAA titles; Pitt-Johnstown), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)
  • 1967 Manabu Nakanishi, Japanese wrestler (NJPW), born in Kyoto, Japan
  • 1968 Brian Jones, American sports radio and television host and former NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1968 Frank Lebœuf, French actor, sports commentator and former footballer (1998 FIFA World Cup), born in Marseille, France
  • 1969 Olivia d'Abo, English-American actress (Wonder Years, Single Guy), born London, England
  • 1970 Brian Gaskill, American actor (David Michaels-Models Inc, Bob-All My Children), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1972 Gabriel Macht, American actor (Suits), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1972 Romi Paku, Japanese seiyu (voice actress), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1975 James Murray, British actor (Cucumber, Medici: Masters of Florence), born in Manchester, England
  • 1976 Balthazar Getty, American actor (Young Guns 2, Lord of the Flies), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1980 Christopher Masterson, American actor, born in Long Island, New York
  • 1981 Beverley Mitchell, American actress, born in Arcadia, California
  • 1982 Kevin Sheridan, American actor (Soul Man), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1984 Raica Oliveira, Brazilian supermodel, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1986 Lee Pa-ni, South Korean model, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1986 Daniel Wayne Smith, American actor & reality television personality (d. 2006)
  • 2179 Hikaru Walter Sulu, Fictional Star Trek character, born in San Francisco, California

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

1960 Comedic actor Bob Denver (25) weds Maggie Ryan in California

Actor Bob Denver
Actor
Bob Denver

LoveWedding of Interest

2005 Businessman and "The Apprentice" host Donald Trump (58) weds former model Melania Knauss (34) at the Bethesda by the Sea Episcopal Church in Palm Beach, Florida

US First Lady and Model Melania Trump
US First Lady and Model
Melania Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1931 Alma Rubens, American actress (Humoresque), dies of Lobar pneumonia and bronchitis at 33
  • 1950 Alan Hale Sr., American actor (Little John-The Adventures of Robin Hood), dies of a liver ailment and viral infection at 57
  • 1950 Corinne Luchaire, French actress (b. 1921)
  • 1959 A J Else Mauhs, German/Dutch actress (Hamlet, Nora), dies at 73
  • 1966 Herbert Marshall, actor (Dark Angel, Duel in the Sun), dies at 75
  • 1967 Jobyna Ralston, actress (Wings, Girl Shy, Freshman), dies at 66
  • 1974 Leon Lontoc, actor (Henry-Burke's Law), dies at 64
  • 1980 Iris Meredith [Shunn], American actress (Son of Davy Crockett, The Mystery of the Hooded Horsemen), dies at 64
  • 1988 Parker Fennelly, actor (Kettles on Old MacDonald's Farm), dies at 96
  • 1994 Jean-Louis Barrault, French stage actor, director and producer (Les Enfants du Paradis), dies at 83
  • 1994 Aristotelis "Telly" Savalas, American singer (If?) and character actor (Kojak, On Her Majesty's Secret Service), dies of prostate cancer at 72
  • 1995 Jerry Blackwell, American professional wrestler, dies at 45
  • 1997 Wally Whyton, musician/broadcaster, dies at 66
  • 2002 Sheldon Allman, American-Canadian actor, singer, and songwriter (Nevada Smith, Harris Against the World), dies at 77
  • 2004 Billy May, American orchestra leader and composer (The Green Hornet, Mod Squad, Batman), dies at 87
  • 2004 Ann Miller, American actress and dancer (On the Town), dies at 80
  • 2007 Liz Renay [Pearl Elizabeth Dobbins], American actress (Desperate Living), dies at 80
  • 2008 Roberto Gari, American actor (b. 1920)

Person of interestHeath Ledger

2008 Heath Ledger, Australian-American Actor (Brokeback Mountain, The Dark Knight), dies of a drug overdose at 28

  • 2010 Jean Simmons, British actress (Thorn Birds, Guys & Dolls), dies at 80
  • 2010 James Mitchell, American dancer and actor (All My Children, Bloomer Girl), dies of pneumonia at 89
  • 2010 Johnny Seven [Fetto], American actor (Ironside, Amy Prentiss), dies at 83
  • 2012 Richard "Dick" Tufeld, American voice actor (Lost in Space), dies at 85
  • 2013 Leslie Frankenheimer, American film set designer, dies from leukaemia at 64
  • 2016 Anthony Simmons, British writer and film director (The Optimists of Nine Elms), dies at 93