On This Day in Film & TV for July 16

Events in Film & TV

  • 1953 KROC (now KTTC) TV channel 10 in Rochester, MN (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 1977 Janelle Commissiong, of Trinidad & Tobago crowned 26th Miss Universe

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

1980 Ronald Reagan nominated for US President by Republicans in Detroit

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1990 Bridgette LeAnn Wilson, 17, of Oregon, 8th crowned Miss Teen USA
  • 1990 Rick Dee's "Into the Night" premieres on ABC-TV

Film release premierFilm Premier

2001 "Jurassic Park III", starring Sam Neill and William H Macy, premieres in the US

Actor Sam Neill
Sam Neill

Film release premierFilm Premier

2012 "The Dark Knight Rises", directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway, premieres in New York

  • 2017 BBC announces first ever female Doctor Who will be played by Jodie Whittaker

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1882 Edward Earle, Canadian actor (Charlie Chan-Meeting at Midnight), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1972)
  • 1882 Felix Locher, Swiss actor (Frankenstein's Daughter), born in Berne, Switzerland (d. 1969)
  • 1888 Percy Kilbride, American actor (Egg & I, Ma & Pa Kettle), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1964)
  • 1889 Larry Semon, American comedian (d. 1928)
  • 1902 Mary Philbin, American actress (Phantom of the Opera), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1993)
  • 1906 Vincent Sherman, American film director (d. 2006)
  • 1907 Barbara Stanwyck, American actress (Dynasty II, Big Valley, Thorn Birds), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1990)
  • 1907 Frances Horwich, American educator and television personality (d. 2001)

Person of interestGinger Rogers

1911 Ginger Rogers [Virginia McMath], American actress, dancer and singer (Top Hat, Kitty Foyle) born in Independence, Missouri (d. 1995)

Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers
  • 1911 Sonny Tufts [Bowen Charleton Tufts III], American actor (The Seven Year Itch, Variety Girl), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1970)
  • 1913 Peter Van Eyck [Götz von Eick], German actor (The Longest Day, The Wages of Fear), born in Steinwehr, Pomerania, Germany (d. 1969)
  • 1917 William Bishop, American actor (Black Eagle, Adventures in Silverado, It's a Great Life), born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 1959)
  • 1918 Bayani Casimiro, Filipino dancer and actor [Okey Ka Fairy Ko!], born in San Pablo, Laguna, Philippine Islands (d. 1989)
  • 1924 Bess Myerson, 1st Jewish Miss America (1945), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1925 Phillip Pine, actor (Set-Up, Under the Ground), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1932 Milly Vitale, actress (7 Little Foys, War & Peace, Juggler), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1935 Tom Rosenthal, publisher/British broadcaster
  • 1939 Corin Redgrave, Brtish actor (Excalibur, A Man For All Seasons), born in London (d. 2010)
  • 1939 Mary Parkinson, British broadcaster, born in Doncaster, West Riding
  • 1946 Richard LeParmentier, American actor, (d. 2013)
  • 1948 Rubén Blades, Panamanian singer and actor
  • 1950 Camille Saviola, actress (Nightlife), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1951 Lorraine Chase, actress/model (Lame Ducks, Love & Bullets)
  • 1953 Philece Sampler, San Angelo, Tx, actress (Donna Love-Another World)
  • 1960 Leila Kenzle, American actress (Mad About You, Identity), born in Long Island, New York
  • 1963 Phoebe Cates, actress (Fast Times at Ridgemount High), born in Manhattan, NYC
  • 1966 Johnny Vaughan, English writer and broadcaster
  • 1967 Will Ferrell, American comedian (Step Brothers), born in Irvine, California
  • 1969 Rain Pryor, actress (Head of the Class)/daughter of Richard
  • 1969 Daryl Mitchell, American actor
  • 1970 Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thai film director
  • 1971 Corey Feldman, Encino California, actor (License to Drive, Stand by Me)
  • 1973 Graham Robertson, American filmmaker and author
  • 1974 Chris Pontius, American actor and Jackass cast member
  • 1975 Ana Paula Arósio, Brazilian actress
  • 1976 Bobby Lashley, American Professional Wrestler
  • 1978 Stephanie Lee Hamilton, Williston ND, Miss America-ND (1997)
  • 1978 Taj Anwar, model and activist
  • 1979 Jayma Mays, American actress
  • 1984 Katrina Kaif, Indian Actress
  • 1986 Calum Gittins, New Zealand actor
  • 1991 Randall Bentley, American actor, born in Marietta, Georgia
  • 1994 Mark Indelicato, American singer and actor

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

1960 Actress Vera Miles (30) weds actor Keith Larsen (36)

Actress Vera Miles
Vera Miles

HeartWedding of Interest

1988 "Back To The Future" actor Michael J. Fox (27) weds "Family Ties" actress Tracy Pollan (28) at West Mountain Inn in Arlington, Vermont

HeartWedding of Interest

2005 Academy award winning actress Sandra Bullock (40) weds "Monster Garage" host Jesse James (36) at sunset on the grounds of The Folded Hills Ranch in Gaviota, California

Divorces in Film & TV

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2001 "Kate & Leopold" actress Meg Ryan (38) divorces actor Dennis Quaid (46) after 9 years of marriage

Actress Meg Ryan
Meg Ryan

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2012 Actor-comedian Russell Brand (36) divorces popstar Katy Perry (27) due to irreconcilable differences a year after the fairy-tale wedding in India

Comedian Russell Brand
Russell Brand
Pop Star Katy Perry
Pop Star
Katy Perry

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1961 [Louise] Sophie M E de Vries, actress (English Prof), dies at 88
  • 1982 Patrick Dewaere, actor (Catherine & Co), shoots self at 35
  • 1991 Dwight Weist, Radio actor/film narrator (Radio Days), dies at 81
  • 1992 "Gorgeous" George, [Arena], wrestler, dies at 84
  • 1995 Patsy Ruth Miller, actress (Wide Open, Sap, Twin Beds), dies at 91
  • 2001 Terry Gordy, American professional wrestler (b. 1961)
  • 2006 Bob Orton, Sr., American professional wrestler (b. 1929)
  • 2010 James Gammon, American actor (b. 1940)
  • 2017 George A. Romero, American Canadian filmmaker "Father of the Zombie Film" (Night of the Living Dead), dies at 77