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
  • 1955 "Golden Horseshoe Revue" 1st of 50,000+ performances, Disneyland
  • 1977 Janelle Commissiong, of Trinidad & Tobago crowned 26th Miss Universe
  • 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
Actor
Sam Neill

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2004 Martha Stewart is sentenced to five months in prison plus five months in home confinement for lying to federal investigators

Business Magnate and TV Personality Martha Stewart
Business Magnate and TV Personality
Martha Stewart

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 and director (The Wizard of Oz), born in West Point, Mississippi (d. 1928)
  • 1902 Mary Philbin, American actress (Phantom of the Opera), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1993)
  • 1906 Vincent Sherman, American film director (Mr. Skeffington), born in Vienna, Georgia (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 (Ding Dong School), born in Ottawa, Ohio (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)
  • 1915 Barnard Hughes, American actor (Tron, Where's Poppa, Best Friends), born in Bedford Hills, New York (d. 2006)
  • 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 (d. 2014)
  • 1925 Phillip Pine, American actor (Set-Up, Under the Ground), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2006)
  • 1932 Milly Vitale, Italian actress (7 Little Foys, War & Peace, Juggler), born in Rome, Italy (d. 2006)
  • 1935 Tom Rosenthal, British publisher and broadcaster, born in London (d. 2014)
  • 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
  • 1945 Jos Stelling, Dutch film director (Pointsman), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 1946 Richard LeParmentier, American actor (Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)
  • 1948 Rubén Blades, Panamanian singer and actor, born in Panama City, Panama
  • 1950 Camille Saviola, American actress (Nightlife), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1951 Lorraine Chase, English actress and model (Lame Ducks, Love & Bullets), born in Deptford, England
  • 1953 Philece Sampler, American actress (Donna Love-Another World), born in San Angelo, Texas
  • 1956 Tony Kushner, American playwright and screenwriter (Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes), born in New York
  • 1960 Leila Kenzle, American actress (Mad About You, Identity), born in Long Island, New York
  • 1963 Phoebe Cates, American actress (Fast Times at Ridgemount High), born in Manhattan, NYC
  • 1966 Johnny Vaughan, English writer and broadcaster (Capital Breakfast), born in Barnet, London
  • 1967 Will Ferrell, American comedian (Step Brothers), born in Irvine, California
  • 1969 Rain Pryor, American actress (Head of the Class) and daughter of Richard Pryor, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1969 Daryl Mitchell, American actor (Tommy Webber-Galaxy Quest), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1970 Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thai film director, born in Bangkok, Thailand
  • 1971 Corey Feldman, American actor (License to Drive, Stand by Me), born in Reseda, California
  • 1973 Graham Robertson, American filmmaker and author, born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1974 Chris Pontius, American actor and Jackass cast member, born in Pasadena, California
  • 1975 Ana Paula Arósio, Brazilian actress (Domingão do Faustão), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1976 Bobby Lashley, American professional wrestler, born in Junction City, Kansas
  • 1979 Jayma Mays, American actress (Glee, Heroes), born in Bristol, Tennessee
  • 1984 Katrina Kaif, Indian actress (Dhoom 3), born in Hong Kong
  • 1986 Calum Gittins, New Zealand actor (The King's Speech), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1991 Randall Bentley, American actor, born in Marietta, Georgia
  • 1994 Mark Indelicato, American singer and actor (Ugly Betty), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

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

Actress Vera Miles
Actress
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
Actress
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
Comedian
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 (Cool Hand Luke, Nick-Nash Bridges), dies at 70
  • 2017 George A. Romero, American Canadian filmmaker "Father of the Zombie Film" (Night of the Living Dead), dies at 77