On This Day in Film & TV for January 4

Events in Film & TV

  • 1920 Amsterdam actors decide to strike for retirement benefits
  • 1934 1st Dutch talkie movie, Jan Teunissen's "Willem of Orange" premieres
  • 1935 Bob Hope 1st heard on network radio as part of "The Intimate Revue"
  • 1953 KTSM TV channel 9 in El Paso, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 Soap Opera "The Brighter Day" premieres
  • 1957 "Blondie" situation comedy premieres on NBC TV (later on CBS)
  • More Events in Film & TV

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1870 Percy Pitt, English composer (BBC), born in London (d. 1932)
  • 1877 Gibson Gowland, British film actor (Greed, Blind Husbands, The Phantom of the Opera), born in Spennymoor, Durham, England (d. 1951)
  • 1903 Joris Diels, Flemish actor and director (It's a Cruel World, Haagsche Comedy), born in Antwerpen, Belgium (d. 1992)
  • 1905 Sterling Holloway, American actor (The Jungle Book, Alice in Wonderland, The Aristocats, Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree), born in Cedartown, Georgia (d. 1992)
More Birthdays in Film & TV

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1997 "Smothers Brothers" actor-singer Dick Smothers (58) weds Denby Franklin (47) in Las Vegas
  • 1997 Czech Republic's first president Vaclav Havel (60) weds Czech actress Dagmar Havlova (43) in Prague, Czech Republic

More Weddings & Divorces in Film & TV

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1931 Arthemus "Art" Acord, American silent film actor and rodeo champion (Arizona Kid, Hard Fists), commits suicide by poison at 40
  • 1953 Arthur Hoyt, American actor and director (Gold Dust Gertie, Goldie Get Along), dies at 79
  • 1961 Barry Fitzgerald, Irish actor (Academy Award, Going My Way), dies at 72
  • 1964 Ralph Dumke, American actor (Movieland Quiz), dies at 64
More Deaths in Film & TV