On This Day in Film & TV for January 8

Events in Film & TV

  • 1929 CBS radio network buys WABC in NYC
  • 1955 WUNC TV channel 4 in Chapel Hill, NC (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1966 The Who and The Kinks perform on the last "Shindig" TV show on ABC
  • 1978 TV series "All Creatures Great and Small" debuts on BBC TV, based on the books by James Herriot, starring Robert hardy and Christopher Timothy
  • 1981 Joseph Papp's revival of Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta "The Pirates of Penzance", starring Linda Ronstadt, Rex Smith, and Kevin Kline, opens at the Uris Theater, NYC; runs for 772 performances and wins a Tony Award
  • 1991 "Davis Rules" with Jonathan Winters & Randy Quaid premieres on ABC-TV
  • 1993 NBC offers "The Tonight Show" to David Letterman
  • 1993 Robert Rodriguez's "El Mariachi" debuts at the Toronto Film Fetsival - will become lowest-budgeted film ever to gross $1 million
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Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1951 American actor Burgess Meredith (43) weds Swedish-American ballerina Kaja Sundsten
  • 1973 Actor Michael Caine (40) weds model Shakira Baksh (25) at Candlelight Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1982 Ice skater Dorothy Hamill (25) marries singer and actor Dean Paul Martin (30) (divorced 1983)

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 1958 Actress Jayne Mansfield and public relations manager Paul Mansfield's divorce is finalized, after 7-1/2 years of marriage
  • 1998 Roseanne Barr files for divorce from 3rd husband Ben Thomas

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Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1916 Ada Rehan, Irish-American stage actress and comedian (Daly's Fifth Avenue Theatre), dies from arteriosclerosis and cancer at 58
  • 1948 Richard Tauber [Denemy], Austrian-British operatic tenor and film actor, dies of lung cancer at 56
  • 1967 Zbigniew Cybulski, Polish actor (Ashes and Diamonds), dies at 39
  • 1972 Wesley Ruggles, American actor, producer and director (I'm No Angel, Arizona, Too Many Husbands), dies at 82
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