On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for July 17

Events in Film & TV

  • 1954 Construction of Disneyland commences
  • 1955 Disneyland televises its grand opening in Anaheim, California.

Film release premierFilm Release

1956 MGM releases film "High Society", a musical re-working of "The Philadelphia Story" set in Newport, Rhode Island; starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, and Frank Sinatra, with songs by Cole Porter

Actress Grace Kelly
Grace Kelly
Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
Composer and Lyricist Cole Porter
Composer and Lyricist
Cole Porter

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1959 "North by Northwest" directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint premieres in Los Angeles

  • 1965 WLCY (now WTSP) TV channel 10 in St Petersburg-Tampa, Florida (ABC) begins
  • 1968 The Beatles' animated film "Yellow Submarine" premieres in London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 Emmy 13th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 7th time

Actress, TV Host and Entrepreneur Susan Lucci
Actress, TV Host and Entrepreneur
Susan Lucci

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 Hulk Hogan beats Ric Flair to win WCW wrestling championship

Professional Wrestler Hulk Hogan
Professional Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
Professional Wrestler Ric Flair
Professional Wrestler
Ric Flair
  • 1997 30th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center

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1998 "The Mask of Zorro" directed by Martin Campbell, starring Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Anthony Hopkins is released

  • 2003 36th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center

Film release premierFilm Release

2015 Marvel's "Ant-Man", starring Paul Rudd as the titular character, is released

Actor Paul Rudd
Paul Rudd
Comic-Book Artist and Marvel Creative Leader Stan Lee
Comic-Book Artist and Marvel Creative Leader
Stan Lee
  • 2017 The Muppets Studio in firing the voice of Kermit the Frog, Steve Whitmire, blame his “unacceptable business conduct”
  • 2019 Streaming service Netflix reaches 150 million subscribers worldwide, but with slower growth than forecast

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1883 Mauritz Stiller [Moshe Stiller], Swedish actor and director (The Saga of Gösta Berling, Erotikon), born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1928)
  • 1892 Mary Clare, British actress (Evil Mind, Young & Innocent), born in London, England (d. 1970)
  • 1898 Osmond Borradaile, Canadian cinematographer (d. 1999)

Person of interestJames Cagney

1899 James Cagney, American actor (Yankee Doodle Dandy), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)

  • 1905 "Bill" William Gargan, American actor (The Bells of St. Mary's, You Only Live Once), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1979)
  • 1906 John Carroll [Julian LaFaye], American actor (Flying Tigers, Go West), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1979)
  • 1912 Art Linkletter, Saskatchewan Canada, TV host (People are Funny)
  • 1914 Lucille Benson, American actress (Halloween II; 194;1 Bosom Buddies), born in Scottsboro, Alabama (d. 1984)
  • 1915 Catherine "Cass" Daley, American actress (Star Spangled Rhythm, Red Garters), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1975)

Person of interestPhyllis Diller

1917 Phyllis Diller, American comedienne and actress (Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number), born in Lima, Ohio (d. 2012)

Comedienne and Actress Phyllis Diller
Comedienne and Actress
Phyllis Diller
  • 1920 Bill Monroe, American newscaster (NBC-TV, Congressional Report), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1920 Helen Walker, American actress (Brewster's Million, Lucky Jordan), born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1968)
  • 1920 Esperanza Baur, Mexican film actress, and John Wayne's second wife, born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 1961)
  • 1921 Acquanetta [Mildred Davenport], American actress nicknamed "The Venezuelan Volcano" (Tarzan & Leopard Woman), born in Newberry, South Carolina (d. 2004)
  • 1921 František Zvarík, Slovakian stage actor (Slovak National Theatre), born in Vrútky, Slovakia (d. 2008)
  • 1926 Édouard Carpentier, French-born professional wrestler
  • 1926 Charles Champlin, American film critic and writer
  • 1932 Wojciech Kilar, Polish classical (Missa Pro Pace), and film score composer (Bram Stoker's Dracula; The Pianist), born in Lwów, Second Polish Republic (now Ukraine) (d. 2013)
  • 1932 Johnny Kerr, American basketball forward (NBA All Star 1956, 59, 63; Syracuse Nats/Philadelphia 76ers), coach (Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns) and broadcaster (Chicago Bulls), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2009)
  • 1932 Quino [Joaquín Salvador Lavado Tejón], Argentine cartoonist (Mafalda), born in Mendoza, Argentina (d. 2020)
  • 1933 Bruce Wells, English boxer (European amateur light middleweight champion 1953) & actor (Dr. Who 1965-73), born in Harlesden, Middlesex (d.2009)
  • 1934 Pat McCormick, comedian (Don Rickles Show)
  • 1935 Donald Sutherland, St John New Brunswick, Canadian actor (M*A*S*H, Body Snatchers)
  • 1935 Diahann Carroll, American actress (Julia, Claudine, Dominique-Dynasty), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2019)
  • 1937 Elmer Fudd [originally Egghead], Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Tex Avery and Chuck Jones (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debut as Egghead in "Egghead Rides Again"
  • 1939 Andrée Champagne, French Canadian actress and politician, born in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec
  • 1940 Phyllis Davis, Port Arthur Tx, actress (Love American Style, Vega$)
  • 1940 Tim Brooke-Taylor, English comedian (The Goodies), born in Buxton, England (d. 2020)
  • 1944 Catherine Schell [Katherina Freiin Schell von Bauschlott], Hungarian-born British actress (two Pink Panther films), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1945 Fenneken Fockema Andreae, Dutch actress (Sea Gull)
  • 1946 Alun Armstrong, English actor (New Tricks), born in Anfield Plain, County Durham
  • 1950 Derek de Lint, Dutch actor, born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1950 P.J. Soles, German-born American actress, born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1951 Lucie Arnaz, American actress (Here's Lucy - "Kim": The Jazz Singer), and singer, born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestDavid Hasselhoff

1952 David Hasselhoff, American actor (Night Rider, Mitch-Baywatch), born in Baltimore, Maryland

  • 1954 J. Michael Straczynski, American television screenwriter, producer, comic book writer and director (Babylon 5, Jeremiah, Changeling), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • 1956 Robert Romanus, American actor, born in West Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1958 Wong Kar-wai, Chinese film director (In the Mood for Love), born in Shanghai, China
  • 1960 Nancy Giles, American actress (Connie-Delta, Off Beat, Big, Angie), born in New York City, New York
  • 1960 Robin Shou, Hong Kong Chinese-American martial arts actor (Mortal Kombat, Beverly Hills Ninja), born in British Hong Kong
  • 1960 Mark Burnett, British television producer, born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1961 Jonathan Potts, Canadian actor, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1962 Bill Sage, American actor, born in New York
  • 1963 Denise Miller, American actress (Billie-Archie Bunker's Place), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1963 John Ventimiglia, American actor (The Sopranos), born in Queens, New York
  • 1964 Heather Langenkamp, American actress (Marie-Just the 10 of Us), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1965 Alex Winter, English actor (Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure), born in London, England
  • 1965 Santiago Segura, Spanish film director and actor, born in Carabanchel, Spain
  • 1968 Beth Littleford, American comedian, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1968 Bitty Schram, American actress, born in New York
  • 1973 Liam Kyle Sullivan, American comedian and actor, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1975 Elena Anaya, Spanish actress, born in Palencia, Spain
  • 1975 Cécile de France, Belgian actress, born in Namur, Belgium
  • 1975 Konnie Huq, English television presenter, born in Hammersmith, London
  • 1976 Dagmara Dominczyk, Polish actress, born in Kielce, Poland
  • 1976 Eric Winter, American actor, born in La Mirada, California
  • 1976 Matthew Holmes, Australian actor, born in Albury, Australia

Person of interestLuke Bryan

1976 Luke Bryan, American country singer ("I'll Stay Me"), and television personality (American Idol), born in Leesburg, Georgia

Country Music Singer-Songwriter Luke Bryan
Country Music Singer-Songwriter
Luke Bryan
  • 1978 Mike Hettinga, American professional wrestler, born in San Bernardino, California
  • 1978 Katharine Towne, American actress, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1979 Mike Vogel, American actor (Under the Dome), born in Abington Township, Pennsylvania
  • 1983 Brooke Kinsella, British actress (Eastenders), born in London, England
  • 1983 Sarah Jones, American actress, born in Winter Springs, Florida
  • 1986 Dana, Korean singer and actress (TSZX), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1988 Summer Bishil, American actress, born in Pasadena, California
  • 1989 Josie Loren Lopez, American actress (17 Again, Make It or Break It), born in Miami, Florida

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

1942 Actress Lana Turner marries actor Stephen Crane (annulled)

Actress Lana Turner
Lana Turner

LoveWedding of Interest

1954 Master of quick wit and widely considered one of the best comedians of the modern era Groucho Marx (63) weds actress Eden Hartford (24)

Comedian Groucho Marx
Groucho Marx

LoveWedding of Interest

1988 NHL ice hockey star player Wayne Gretzky (27) weds actress Janet Jones (27) at St. Joseph's Basilica in Edmonton, Canada

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

LoveWedding of Interest

1999 Academy Award-winning actress Helen Hunt (36) weds "The Simpsons" voice actor Hank Azaria (35) in Los Angeles, California

Actress Helen Hunt
Helen Hunt
Actor Hank Azaria
Hank Azaria

LoveWedding of Interest

1999 Actress Raquel Welch (58) weds Richard Palmer in Beverly Hills, California

Actress Raquel Welch
Raquel Welch
  • 2005 Actor Ethan Embry (27) weds actress Sunny Mabrey (29)
  • 2010 Actress Khadijah Haqq (29) weds New Orleans Saints defensive end Bobby McCray (29) at Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles
  • 2016 Actress and model Tatyana Ali (37) weds Vaughn Rasberry in Beverly Hills, California

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1953 Maude K Adams, American actress (Little Minister), dies
  • 1967 Cyril Ring, American actor (I Wake Up Screaming, The Barber Shop), dies at 74
  • 1967 Gertrude McCoy, American silent screen actress (Blue Bird), dies at 77
  • 1970 Juano Hernandez, Puerto Rican stage and film actor (St Louis Blues; Stars In My Crown), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 73
  • 1978 Thayer David, actor (Rocky, Roots, Savages), dies at 51
  • 1980 Donald "Red" Barry, American actor (Adventures of Red Ryder, Jesse James' Women), commits suicide at 68
  • 1984 J Delos Jewkes, American light opera, vaudeville, choral (Mormon Tabernacle), film and television bass singer, and actor (Stars And Stripes Forever; The Music Man; The Andy Griffith Show), dies of a heart attack at 89
  • 1985 Margo, actress (Rumba, Viva Zapata), dies at 68 of a brain tumor
  • 1987 Yujiro Ishihara, Japanese actor (b. 1934)
  • 1988 Bruiser Brody [Frank Goodish], professional wrestler, stabbed to death at 42
  • 1990 Bernard Cowan, TV announcer, dies of kidney disease at 68
  • 1996 Sid Sussman, beauty pageant organizer, dies of heart attack
  • 2004 Pat Roach, British professional wrestler and actor (b. 1937)
  • 2005 Geraldine Fitzgerald, Irish actress (Pawnbroker, Easy Money), dies of complications from Alzheimer's disease at 91
  • 2005 Gavin Lambert, British-American screenwriter (Inside Daisy Clover), dies at 80
  • 2008 Larry Haines [Hecht], American actor (The Odd Couple, Search for Tomorrow), dies at 89

Person of interestWalter Cronkite

2009 Walter Cronkite, American broadcast journalist and news anchor (CBS Evening News 1962-81), dies of cerebrovascular disease at 92

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite
  • 2011 David Ngoombujarra, Australian actor (b. 1967)
  • 2020 Zizi Jeanmaire, French dancer, singer and actress (Carmen), dies at 96