On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for July 24

Events in Film & TV

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1952 "High Noon", American Western film directed by Fred Zinnemann, starring Gary Cooper and Thomas Mitchell, is released

  • 1953 KEYT TV channel 3 in Santa Barbara, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1957 KTVC TV channel 6 in Ensign, KS (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1959 500,000th Dutch TV set registered
  • 1971 WUHQ TV channel 41 in Battle Creek, MI (ABC) begins broadcasting

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1974 "Death Wish", based on the novel by Brian Garfield, directed by Michael Winner and starring Charles Bronson is released in the US

  • 1978 Margaret Gardiner, of South Africa, crowned 27th Miss Universe

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1998 "Saving Private Ryan", directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Tom Hanks, Edward Burns and Matt Damon, is released (Academy Awards Best Director 1999)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2002 On 200th anniversary of his birth French author Alexandre Dumas' ('The Three Musketeers') ashes are interred in the Panthéon in Paris in a televised ceremony

  • 2008 41st San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • 2014 47th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Singer Demi Lovato is hospitalized after a drug overdose in Los Angeles

Actress and Singer-Songwriter Demi Lovato
Actress and Singer-Songwriter
Demi Lovato

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1807 Ira Aldridge, famed 19th century African American Shakespearian actor (Othello), born in NYC, New York (d. 1867)

Person of interestFrank Wedekind

1864 Frank Wedekind, German actor and playwright (The "Lulu" plays), born in Hanover, German Confederation (d. 1918)

Actor and Playwright Frank Wedekind
Actor and Playwright
Frank Wedekind
  • 1899 Chief Dan George [Tes-wah-no], Canadian Indian author, poet and actor (Harry & Tonto, Little Big Man, Smith!), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 1981)
  • 1902 Nora Swinburne [Leonora Mary Johnson], British actress (Quo Vardis, Dinner at Ritz, River), born in Bath, Somerset (d. 2000)
  • 1913 George H. Brown, English film producer (Hotel Sahara), born in London (d. 2001)
  • 1914 Frank Silvera, Jamaican-American actor (High Chaparral, Killer's Kiss, Fear and Desire), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1970)
  • 1914 Robert Emhardt, American actor (Another World, Underworld USA, Mooncussers), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1994)
  • 1929 Peter Yates, English film director (Breaking Away, Bullitt), born in Aldershot, Hampshire, England (d. 2011)
  • 1930 Jacqueline Brookes, American actress (Jack & Mike, Another World), born in Montclair, New Jersey (d. 2013)
  • 1931 Ermanno Olmi, Italian film director (The Tree of Wooden Clogs), born in Bergamo, Italy (d. 2018)
  • 1933 John Aniston, American actor (Search for Tomorrow, Day of our Lives), born in Crete, Greece
  • 1936 Mark Goddard, actor (Don West-Lost in Space), born in Lowell, Massachusetts
  • 1940 Dan Hedaya, American actor (Cheers, Marvin's Room, Clueless), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1942 Chris Sarandon, WV, actor (Child's Play, Dog Day Afternoon, Lipstick)
  • 1947 Geoffrey McQueen, TV Writer
  • 1947 Robert Hays, actor (Airplane!, Starman, Scandalous), born in Bethesda, Maryland
  • 1948 Marvin the Martian, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Chuck Jones and Michael Maltese (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Haredevil Hare"
  • 1949 Michael Richards, American comedian (Fridays, Kramer-Seinfeld), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1950 Sam Behrens, actor (Jake Meyer-General Hospital, Sunset Beach, LA Law)
  • 1951 Lynda Carter, American actress (Wonder Woman, Sky High) and Miss USA (1973), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1952 Gus Van Sant, American film director (Good Will Hunting), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1965 Kadeem Hardison, American actor (A Different World, The Sixth Man), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1965 Doug Liman, American film director
  • 1968 John P Navin Jr, actor (Joey Elliot-Jennifer Slept Here), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1968 Laura Leighton [Miller], American actress (Melrose Place, Pretty Little Liars), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1968 Kristin Chenoweth, American singer and actress (Wicked), born in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Person of interestJennifer Lopez

1969 Jennifer "J.Lo" Lopez, American actress and pop singer (Selena), born in The Bronx, New York

Singer and Actress Jennifer Lopez
Singer and Actress
Jennifer Lopez
  • 1970 Stephanie Adams, American Playboy playmate (Nov, 1992) who killed herself and her child, born in Orange, New Jersey (d. 2018)
  • 1971 John Partridge, British singer (Cats) and actor (EastEnders), born in Radcliffe, Lancashire, England
  • 1971 Patty Jenkins, American film director (Monster, Wonder Woman), born in Victorville, California
  • 1975 Eric Szmanda, American actor
  • 1975 Torrie Wilson, American wrestler
  • 1977 Danny Dyer, English actor and television presenter
  • 1979 Rose Byrne, Australian actress
  • 1979 Lee Si-yeon, South Korean actress
  • 1981 Summer Glau, American actress
  • 1982 Anna Paquin, Canadian-born New Zealand Oscar-winning actress (The Piano, True Blood), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1982 Elise Crombez, Belgian model

Person of interestElisabeth Moss

1982 Elisabeth Moss, American actress (Mad Men), born in Los Angeles, California

  • 1986 Megan Park, Canadian actress
  • 1987 Mara Wilson, actress (Mrs Doubtfire)
  • 1990 Daveigh Chase, American actress
  • 1991 Emily Bett Rickards, Canadian actress (Arrow), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1998 Bindi Irwin, Australian TV personality, conservationist; daughter of Steve Irwin, born in Buderim, Australia

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1993 Night Court actor Richard Moll (50) weds Susan Brown (32)
  • 2004 "The Calling" singer Alex Band (23) weds "Cleopatra 2525" actress Jennifer Sky (27) in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 2004 Former MSNBC news anchor Ashleigh Banfield (36) weds real estate financier Howard Gould (31) in Kenora, Ontario
  • 2010 "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" actress and a well-known model Cynthia Bailey weds entrepreneur Peter Thomas at Fernback Museum of Natural History in Atlanta

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1957 Sacha Guitry, French actor and playwright (Deburan, The Story of a Cheat), dies at 72
  • 1960 Hans Albers, German actor (Blue Angel), dies at 68
  • 1962 Victor Moore, comedian, dies of heart attack at 86
  • 1965 Constance Bennett, actress (Madame X, Topper), dies at 59
  • 1965 Irene Browne, actress (Peg O' My Heart), dies of cancer at 69
  • 1973 Mary Frasca, singer/actress, dies in NYC
  • 1974 Chris Chubbock, newscaster, shoots self on air
  • 1974 Ernest Milton, actor (Julius Caesar, Cat Girl), dies at 84
  • 1976 Leo Shuken, American film music composer and arranger (Stagecoach; The Fabulous Dorseys; The Unsinkable Molly Brown), dies at 69
  • 1979 Archie Duncan, Scottish actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes), dies at 65

Person of interestPeter Sellers

1980 Peter Sellers, English actor and comedian (The Goon Show, Pink Panther), dies at 54

Actor and Comedian Peter Sellers
Actor and Comedian
Peter Sellers
  • 1980 Uttam Kumar, Indian actor (b. 1926)
  • 1989 Ernest Morrison, actor (Peggy Does Her Darndest), dies
  • 1992 Arletty [Arlette-léonie Bathiat], French actress and model, dies at 94
  • 1993 Rene Requiestas, Filipino comedian (b. 1957)
  • 1995 Jerzy Bonawentura Toeplitz, filmmaker/teacher, dies at 94
  • 1995 Werner Grusch, film director, dies at 51
  • 1996 Howard Vernon, Swiss actor (Love and Death, Delicatessen), dies at 82
  • 1996 Virginia Christine [Ricketts], American actress (Mrs Olson, Tales of Wells Fargo), dies of cardiovascular disease at 76
  • 1997 Brian Glover, British actor and wrestler (Alien 3, Kes), dies of a brain tumour at 63
  • 2002 Maurice Denham, British actor (Mr Love, Damn the Defiant), dies at 92
  • 2007 Chaney Kley, American Actor (b. 1972)
  • 2011 Jane White, African-American actress and singer (Strange Fruit, Once Upon a Mattress), dies at 88
  • 2012 Chad Everett [Raymon Lee Cramton], American actor (Medical Center, Airplane II), dies from lung cancer at 75
  • 2012 Sherman Hemsley, American actor (All in the Family; The Jeffersons; Amen), dies from natural causes at 74