On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for January 3

Events in Film & TV

  • 1929 27 year old William S Paley becomes CBS president
  • 1947 1st opening session of Congress to be televised
  • 1949 "Colgate Theater" dramatic anthology series premieres on NBC TV
  • 1952 "Dragnet" with Jack Webb premieres on NBC TV
  • 1963 WOUB TV channel 20 in Athens, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1964 Jack Paar Show, shows a clip of the Beatles singing "She Loves You"

Comedian and TV Host Jack Paar
Comedian and TV Host
Jack Paar
  • 1967 WJAN TV channel 17 in Canton, OH (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1970 WHAG TV channel 25 in Hagerstown, MD (NBC) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973 A 12-man syndicate led by Michael Burke and George Steinbrenner III buys MLB's New York Yankees from CBS for US$10 million

New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner
  • 1997 Bryant Gumbel co-hosted his final "Today" show on NBC-TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2004 After hosting the show for over 30 years, Casey Kasem gives up the hosting duties of "American Top 40" to Ryan Seacrest

Disc Jockey and Actor Casey Kasem
Disc Jockey and Actor
Casey Kasem

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2005 Craig Ferguson becomes the host of "The Late Late Show" on CBS

Actor & Comedian Craig Ferguson
Actor & Comedian
Craig Ferguson

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1865 Henry Lytton, British actor and opera singer (The Mikado), born in London, England (d. 1936)
  • 1882 Willem Benoy, Flemish actor and director (Pygmalion), born in Antwerpen, Flanders, Belgium (d. 1939)
  • 1886 Josephine Hull, American Academy award actress (Harvey), born in Newtonville, Massachusetts (d. 1957)
  • 1889 Nicholas Soussanin, Russian-American actor (Last Command, Captain Fury), born in Yalta part of modern day Crimea, Taurida Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1975)

Person of interestJ. R. R. Tolkien

1892 J. R. R. Tolkien, British author (The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings), born in Bloemfontein, South Africa (d. 1973)

Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien
  • 1894 ZaSu Pitts, American actress (Life With Father, Dames, Wedding March), born in Parsons, Kansas (d. 1963)
  • 1897 Marion Davies [Marion Cecelia Douras], American actress (Operator 13), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1961)
  • 1897 Pola Negri [Barbara A Chalupiec], Polish-American stage actress (Madame Dubarry), born in Lipno, Kingdom of Poland, Russian Empire (d. 1987)

Person of interestRay Milland

1905 Ray Milland, Welsh actor (Lost Weekend-Academy Award 1945), born in Neath, Wales (d. 1986)

  • 1905 Anna May Wong, American actress, 1st Chinese-American movie star (Shanghai Express), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1961)

Person of interestVictor Borge

1909 Victor Borge [Borge Rosenbaum], Danish-American comedian and pianist, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2000)

Comedian and Pianist Victor Borge
Comedian and Pianist
Victor Borge
  • 1912 Robert Flemyng, British actor (The Deadly Affair, Funny Face), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1995)
  • 1916 Elizabeth "Betty" Furness, American actress, journalist and consumer activist (Dangerous Corner, Studio 1), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1919 Jesse White, American actor (Bedtime for Bonzo, Maytag repairman, Million Dollar Mermaid), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1921 John Russell, American actor (Pale Rider, Rio Bravo), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1991)
  • 1922 Bill Travers [William Inge Lindon-Travers], British actor, director, officer and animal rights activist (Born Free, Gorgo), born in Sunderland, England (d. 1994)
  • 1923 Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, Australian actor, pilot and radio announcer, born in Coogee, New South Wales, Australia (d. 2009)
  • 1930 Edward "Eddie" Egan, American actor (The French Connection, Joe Forrester), born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1930 Salvatore "Robert" Loggia, American actor (Jagged Edge, Big, Officer & a Gentleman, Scarface), born in Staten Island, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1932 Mara Corday [Marilyn Joan Watts], American actress, model and Playboy Playmate (Foxfire, Black Scorpion), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1935 David Vine, British sports broadcaster (BBC Match of the Day, World Snooker C'ships, Olympics coverage), born in Newton Abbot, England (d. 2009)
  • 1935 Jeremy Kemp, British actor (The Winds of War; The Blue Max), born in Chesterfield, England (d. 2019) [some sources give birth date as 3 Feb 1934]
  • 1936 Betty Rollin, actress (Crossing Delancey)/author (Last Wish)
  • 1937 Glen Larson, American television producer & writer (Battlestar Galactica, Magnum PI, & Knight Rider), born in Long Beach, CA, (d. 2014)
  • 1940 Thelma Schoonmaker, actress/editor (Casino, Cape Fear, Good Fellas)
  • 1941 Shima Iwashita, actress (Red Lion, Hara-Kiri, Double Suicide)
  • 1942 John Thaw, British actor (d. 2002)
  • 1950 Victoria Principal, American actress (Earthquake, Pamela-Dallas), born in Fukuoka, Japan
  • 1952 Jim Ross, American pro wrestling announcer (WWE), born in Fort Bragg, California

Person of interestMel Gibson

1956 Mel Gibson, American actor (Mad Max, Mrs Soffel, Lethal Weapon) and filmmaker, born in Peekskill, New York

Actor and Film Director Mel Gibson
Actor and Film Director
Mel Gibson
  • 1957 Frank Dicopoulos, actor (Frank Cooper-Guiding Light), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1958 Shim Hyung-rae, South Korean filmmaker
  • 1960 Sandeep Marwah Founder of Film City, Noida, India
  • 1963 Jerome Young, American pro wrestler (New Jack), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1964 Cheryl Miller, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward, coach and broadcaster (Olympic gold 1984; USC; TNT), born in Riverside, California
  • 1964 Bruce LaBruce, Canadian filmmaker
  • 1968 Shannon Sturges, actress (Savannah)
  • 1970 Mahaya Petrosian, Iranian actress
  • 1970 Christian Duguay, American comic actor
  • 1970 Matt Ross, American actor
  • 1972 Yoon Chan, South Korean actor
  • 1973 Dan Harmon, American voice actor, producer and writer (Rick and Morty, Community), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1975 Danica McKellar, actress (Winnie Cooper-Wonder Years) [or Mar 3]
  • 1975 Jason Marsden, actor (General Hospital, Eddie-Munsters Today)
  • 1976 Alisen Down, Canadian actress
  • 1976 Dinara Drukarova, Russian actress
  • 1976 Nicholas Gonzalez, American actor
  • 1977 Mayumi Iizuka, Japanese voice actress (seiyū)
  • 1978 Park Sol-mi, South Korean actress
  • 1978 Dominic Wood, English children's television presenter and magician
  • 1989 Anya Rozova [Anya Kop], Russian American model and America's Next Top Model contestant, born in Leningrad, USSR
  • 1989 Alex D. Linz, American actor, born in Santa Barbara, California

Person of interestFlorence Pugh

1996 Florence Pugh, English actress (Outlaw Kingdom, Little Women), born in Oxford, England

Actress Florence Pugh
Florence Pugh

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

1987 Singer and former Miss America Vanessa Williams (23) marries Ramon T. Hervey in NYC; divorce 1997

Singer and Actress Vanessa Williams
Singer and Actress
Vanessa Williams

LoveWedding of Interest

1987 Tennis player champ Mats Wilander (22) weds model Sonya Mulholland in South Africa

Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander
  • 2003 Actress Emily Mortimer (31) weds actor Alessandro Nivola (30) in Chilterns, Buckinghamshire

LoveWedding of Interest

2018 Actress Ellen Page reveals she has married dancer Emma Portner

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1858 Rachel Félix [Elisabeth "Eliza/Élisa"], French singer and actress (Muse), dies at 36
  • 1933 Jack Pickford, Canadian-American actor (The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come), dies at 37
  • 1942 Pauline Beersmans [PLJM van Cuyck], Flemish actress, dies at 70
  • 1965 Julius Tannen, comedian, dies at 84
  • 1966 Rex Lease, American actor (Fast Bullets, Sunny Skies, Custer's Last Stand), dies at 62
  • 1969 Howard McNear, American actor (The Andy Griffith Show, Irma La Douce), dies after long illness at 63
  • 1974 Gino Cervi, Italian actor (Les Miserables, Naked Maja), dies at 72
  • 1975 Milton Cross, American radio announcer (Metropolitan Opera's Saturday Afternoon at the Opera, 1931-75), dies of a heart attack at 87
  • 1980 Ivan Triesault [Johann Constantin Treisalt], Russian actor (Cry of the Werewolf, Black Parachute), dies at 81
  • 1988 William Cagney, American producer and actor (Torrid Zone), brother of James Cagney, dies of a heart attack at 82
  • 1990 Ken Hill, American actor (Cobra, Protocol), dies at 49
  • 1992 Judith Anderson, actress (Star Trek 3), dies of pneumonia at 93
  • 1994 Heather Sears, British actress (b. 1935)
  • 1995 Byron MacGregor, newscaster, dies at 56
  • 2000 Bernhard Wicki, Austrian director and actor (Morituri, Crime & Passion), dies at 80
  • 2008 Aleksandr Abdulov, Russian actor (b. 1953)
  • 2008 Natasha Collins, British actress and television presenter (b. 1976)
  • 2009 Martin Patterson "Pat" Hingle, American actor (Hang 'em High, Splendor in the Grass, Batman Returns), dies of myelodysplastic syndrome at 84
  • 2009 Olga San Juan, American actress, dancer and comedian (Variety Girl, 1 Touch of Venus), dies at 81
  • 2010 Joyce Collins, American jazz and film and television session pianist, singer, and educator, dies at 79
  • 2011 Fadil Hadžić, Croatian film director, dies at 88
  • 2013 Sergiu Nicolaescu, Romanian film director, dies from surgical complications at 82
  • 2014 Tom Rosenthal, British publisher & broadcaster, dies at 78
  • 2021 Gerry Marsden, British rock vocalist and TV personality (Gerry & Pacemakers - Ferry Cross The Mersey), dies at 78 [1] [2]