On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for July 15

Events in Film & TV

  • 1949 WBTV TV channel 3 in Charlotte, North Carolina (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 KOCO TV channel 5 in Oklahoma City, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 WBOC TV channel 16 in Salisbury, MD (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1955 WNDU TV channel 16 in South Bend, IN (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1963 KAIT TV channel 8 in Jonesboro, AR (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 "One Life to Live", American soap opera, premieres on TV
  • 1974 TV news reporter Christine Chubbuck shoots herself live on WXLT-TV, Florida, first person to commit suicide in a live broadcast

Film release premierFilm Premier

1983 Film version of "The Pirates of Penzance", starring Kevin Kline, Angela Lansbury, and Linda Ronstadt premieres in US

Actress Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
Singer and Actress Linda Ronstadt
Singer and Actress
Linda Ronstadt
Actor Kevin Kline
Kevin Kline
  • 1985 Deborah Carthy-Deu, of Puerto Rico, crowned 34th Miss Universe

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 Boy George barred from British TV show, he may be a bad influence

Singer-Songwriter Boy George
Boy George

Film release premierFilm Release

1988 "Die Hard" directed by John McTiernan and starring Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman is released in the US

  • 1996 MSNBC begins Microsoft internet-NBC TV
  • 1997 Jerold Mackenzie awarded $26.6M (later reduced to $625,000) for being fired from Miller Brewing for sexual harassment for relaying a Seinfeld episode to a co worker

Film release premierFilm Premier

2005 "Wedding Crashers", starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, premieres

Film release premierFilm Release

2009 "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince", the 6th film based on the books by J. K. Rowling is released worldwide

Actor Rupert Grint
Rupert Grint
Novelist J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling
Actor and Comedian Robbie Coltrane
Actor and Comedian
Robbie Coltrane

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

2016 "Stranger Things" debuts on Netflix created by the Duffer Brothers, starring Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard and Millie Bobby Brown

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1864 Marie Tempest [Marie Susan Etherington], British actress known as the "queen of her profession" (Yellow Sands), born in London, England (d. 1942)
  • 1889 Marjorie Rambeau, American actress (Primrose Path, Torch Song), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1970)
  • 1893 Enid Bennett, Australian silent film actress (Skippy, Hairpins), born in York, Western Australia (d. 1969)
  • 1902 Raymond Hackett, American husband of Blanche Sweet and actor (Faithless Lover), born in NYC, New York (d. 1958)
  • 1913 Murvyn Vye [Marvin], American actor (Road to Bali, Bob Cummings Show), born in Quincy, Massachusetts (d. 1976)
  • 1914 Howard Vernon, Swiss actor (Love and Death, Delicatessen), born in Baden, Switzerland (d. 1996)
  • 1918 Lord Buxton of Alsa, CEO (ITV)
  • 1925 Phil Carey, American actor (One Life to Live), born in Hackensack, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1925 [Donn Alan] DA Pennebaker, American documentary filmmaker (Don't Look Back), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2019)
  • 1927 Carmen Zapata, American actress (Hagen, Viva Valdez, Man & the City), born in NYC, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1932 Nina Van Pallandt, Danish actress and singer (American Gigolo), born in Copenhagen Denmark
  • 1934 Risto Jarva, Finnish filmmaker (d. 1977)
  • 1935 Alex Karras, NFLer (Detroit Lions)/actor (George-Webster), born in Gary, Indiana (d. 2012)
  • 1935 Ken Kercheval, Wolcottville Ind, actor (Cliff Barnes-Dallas)
  • 1939 Patrick Wayne, actor (Rounder, Shirley, Beyond Atlantis), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1942 Mil Mascaras, Mexican professional wrestler
  • 1944 Jan-Michael Vincent, actor (Hooper, Tribes, Buster & Billie), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2019)
  • 1944 Millie Jackson, Thompson Ga, model/singer (Get it out 'cha system)

Person of interestLinda Ronstadt

1946 Linda Ronstadt, American rock/country/pop/Latin/opera singer (Different Drum; What's New?) and actress (Pirates of Penzance), born in Tucson, Arizona

Singer and Actress Linda Ronstadt
Singer and Actress
Linda Ronstadt
  • 1951 Jesse Ventura [James Janos], American professional wrestler, actor and politician (Governor of Minnesota 1999-2003), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1952 Terry O'Quinn, American actor
  • 1953 Franklyn Seales, St Vincent, actor (Dexter-Silver Spoons)
  • 1959 Vincent Lindon, French actor

Person of interestKim Alexis

1960 Kim Alexis, American supermodel (Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover) and actress, born in Lockport, New York

Supermodel Kim Alexis
Kim Alexis
  • 1960 Willie Aames, actor (8 is Enough, Paradise, Zapped), born in Newport Beach, California

Person of interestForest Whitaker

1961 Forest Whitaker, actor and director (The Last King of Scotland, Platoon), born in Longview, Texas

  • 1961 Lolita Davidovich, actress (Blaze, Jungle2Jungle)
  • 1961 Jean-Christophe Grangé, French writer and screenwriter
  • 1963 Brigitte Nielsen, Danish-Italian actress (Red Sonja, Rocky IV), born in Eisinore Denmark
  • 1964 Shari Headley, American actress (All My Children, Coming to America), born in Queens, New York
  • 1964 Leonard Stabb, actor (Hunter Guthrie-One Life to Live, Guiding Light)
  • 1966 Irene Jacob, actress (Red, Othello)
  • 1966 Kristoff St John, American actor (Adam-Generations, Young & Restless), born in NYC, New York
  • 1967 Adam Savage, American actor
  • 1968 Eddie Griffin, American comedian
  • 1968 Stan Kirsch, American actor
  • 1972 Scott Foley, American actor (Scandal, Felicity), born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • 1972 Beth Ostrosky, American model
  • 1973 Brian Austin Green, American actor (David-Beverly Hills 90210), born in Van Nuys, California
  • 1973 Chris Taylor, Australian comedian, member of The Chaser
  • 1975 Kara Drew, An American professional wrestler better known as Cherry
  • 1976 Diane Kruger, German actress and former fashion model
  • 1977 Kitana Baker, American model (Miller Light Catfight commercial)
  • 1977 Lana Parrilla, American actress
  • 1979 Laura Benanti, American musical theatre actress
  • 1980 Jasper Pääkkönen, Finnish actor and film producer
  • 1986 Yahya Abdul-Mateen, American actor (Watchmen), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1989 Tristan Wilds, American actor
  • 1990 Olly Alexander [Oliver Thornton], British actor, singer-songwriter (Years & Years), and LGBT activist, born in Harrogate, England

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

1965 Actress Joan Rivers (32) weds TV producer Edgar Rosenberg

Actress, Comedian and T.V. Host Joan Rivers
Actress, Comedian and T.V. Host
Joan Rivers
  • 2011 American TV personality and host Vanessa Minnillo (30) weds American singer-songwriter Nick Lachey (37) at Sir Richard Branson's private Necker Island in British Virgin Islands

Divorces in Film & TV

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2016 Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and singer Chris Martin divorce after 12 years of marriage

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow
Lead Vocalist of Coldplay Chris Martin
Lead Vocalist of Coldplay
Chris Martin

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1876 Aleksander Fredro, Polish poet and comedy writer (Zemstra), dies at 82
  • 1940 Donald Calthrop, British actor (Blackmail, Scrooge, Rome Express), dies from a heart attack at 52
  • 1947 Henry Kolker, German-American actor and director (Holiday, Baby Face, Mad Love), dies at 72
  • 1957 George Cleveland, Canadian actor (Mystery Liner, Courage of Lassie), dies from a heart attack at 74
  • 1969 Peter Van Eyck [Götz von Eick], German actor (The Longest Day, The Wages of Fear), dies after long illness at 56
  • 1971 Guy Wilkerson, American actor (Dead or Alive, West of Texas, Shootin' Iron), dies of cancer at 71
  • 1974 Christine Chubbuck, American TV news reporter, commits suicide live on TV at 29
  • 1980 Eddie Jackson, comedian (Jimmy Durante Show), dies at 84
  • 1983 Eddie Foy Jr [Edwin Fitzgerald Jr], American actor (The Pajama Game, Fair Exchange), dies of cancer at 78
  • 1986 Benny Rubin, American actor and comedian (Benny Rubin Show), dies at 87
  • 1986 Florence Halop, American actress (Night Court, St Elsewhere), dies of lung cancer at 63
  • 1987 Alfie Bass [Abraham Basalinsky], British actor (Moonraker, Are You Being Served), dies at 71
  • 1990 Alison Leggatt, British character actress (Day of Triffids, Cows), dies at 86
  • 1990 Margaret Lockwood, British actress (Cast a Dark Shadow, The Lady Vanishes), dies of cirrhosis of the liver at 73
  • 1991 Bert Convy, American actor and game show host (Tattletales), dies at 57
  • 1993 David Brian, American actor (Accused of Murder, Dawn at Sorocco), dies at 78
  • 1996 Dana Hill, actress (Vacation), dies at 32
  • 1997 Alan Chaig, paleontologist (Carl Sagan of BBC), dies at 70
  • 2011 Googie Withers, British actress (b. 1917)
  • 2012 Celeste Holm, American actress (Gentleman's Agreement, All About Eve), dies at 95
  • 2017 Martin Landau, American actor (Ed Wood; North By Northwest; Mission Impossible; Space 1999), dies at 89