On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for July 3

Events in Film & TV


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1928 John Logie Baird demonstrates the first colour television transmission in London

Inventor of Television John Logie Baird
Inventor of Television
John Logie Baird

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1937 Del Mar Turf Club, with crooner Bing Crosby as president and actor Pat O'Brien as a club officer, opens for racing

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby

Film release premierFilm Release

1944 "Double Indemnity" film noir directed by Billy Wilder and starring Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck is released in Baltimore, Maryland

Filmmaker Billy Wilder
Filmmaker
Billy Wilder
  • 1958 "Andy Williams Show" premieres on ABC (later on CBS & NBC)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 CBS announces a 21% stock buy-back to thwart Ted Turner's takeover

Founder of CNN Ted Turner
Founder of CNN
Ted Turner
  • 1985 Tinker Bell's first nightly flight at Walt Disney World Resort, Florida

Film release premierFilm Release

1985 "Back to the Future" directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd is released

  • 1989 Movie "Batman" set record of quickest $100 million (10 days)

Birthdays in Film & TV


Person of interestGeorge M. Cohan

1878 George M. Cohan, American father of musical comedy (Phantom President, Give My Regards to Broadway), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1942)

Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer George M. Cohan
Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer
George M. Cohan
  • 1881 Leon Errol, Australian actor (Ziegfeld Follies, What a Blonde!), born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1951)
  • 1896 Doris Lloyd, Irish-American actress (Bachelor Father, Charley's Aunt, Sarah & Son), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1968)
  • 1900 John Mason Brown, American drama critic (Tonight on Broadway), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1969)
  • 1906 George Sanders, Russian actor (All About Eve-Academy Award 1950), born in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1972)
  • 1906 Jack Earle, American actor and sideshow performer known as "The World's Tallest Man," born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1952)
  • 1917 Hélène Cordet, French actress (The Limping Man), born in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France (d. 1996)
  • 1921 Susan Peters [Suzanne Carnahan], American actress (Random Harvest, Young Ideas), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 1952)
  • 1927 Ken Russell, British film director (Tommy, Altered States, Gothic), born in Southampton, Hampshire, England (d. 2011)
  • 1941 Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Indian film director and cinematographer (Kathapurushan, Mathulikal), born in Mannadi, Travancore, British India
  • 1942 Paco Stanley, Mexican TV personality, born in Mexico City (d. 1999)
  • 1943 Kurtwood Smith, American actor (That '70s Show, Robocop), born in New Lisbon, Wisconsin
  • 1943 Gary Waldhorn, English actor (To the Camp & Back), born in London
  • 1944 Paul Young, Scottish actor (Another Time Another Place), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1945 Michael Cole, American actor (Pete-Mod Squad), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1947 Betty Buckley, American actress (Abby-8 is Enough, 1776, Cats), born in Big Spring, Texas
  • 1947 Dave Barry, American humorist and author, born in Armonk, New York
  • 1949 Jan Smithers, American actress (Bailey-WKRP), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1949 Susan Penhaligon, British actress (Dracula, Nasty Habits), born in Manila, Philippines
  • 1955 Sanma Akashiya, Japanese comedian and TV personality, born in Kushimoto, Wakayama, Japan
  • 1957 Faye Resnick, American TV personality and author (Nicole Brown Simpson-Private Diary), born in Brentwood, California
  • 1958 Siân Lloyd, Welsh meteorologist and TV presenter, born in Maesteg, Glamorgan, Wales
  • 1959 Andreas Wisniewski, German actor (The Living Daylights), born in Berlin
  • 1962 Thomas Gibson, American actor (Dr Daniel Nyland-Chicago Hope), born in Charleston, South Carolina

Person of interestTom Cruise

1962 Tom Cruise, American actor (Risky Business, Jerry MaGuire, Rainman), born in Syracuse, New York

Actor Tom Cruise
Actor
Tom Cruise
  • 1962 Hunter Tylo [Deborah Jo Hunter], American actress (The Bold and the Beautiful), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1964 Yeardley Smith, French-born American actress (Lisa Simpson-The Simpsons), born in Paris
  • 1965 Shinya Hashimoto, Japanese professional wrestler (NJPW), born in Toki City, Gifu, Japan
  • 1967 Amy Van Horne, American actress (Carla Solieto-The City)
  • 1968 Jeff Phillips, American actor (Hart Jessup-Guiding Light), born in Westwood, New Jersey
  • 1968 Chien-lien Wu [Jacklyn Wu], Taiwanese actress and singer, born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1970 Shawnee Smith, American actress

Person of interestAudra McDonald

1970 Audra McDonald, American actress (Private Practice) and singer (6x Tony award winner), born in West Berlin

Actress and Singer Audra McDonald
Actress and Singer
Audra McDonald
  • 1973 Johnny Terris, Canadian actor and director
  • 1973 Patrick Wilson, American actor ( Angels in America), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1975 Keri Houlihan, Penn, actress (Molly-Our House)
  • 1976 Andrea Barber, actress (Kimmy Gibbler-Full House)
  • 1979 Ludivine Sagnier, French actress
  • 1980 Olivia Munn, American actress (The Newsroom, X-Men: Apocalypse), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1982 Kanika, Indian actress
  • 1983 Steph Jones, American singer and model
  • 1984 Corey Sevier, Canadian actor
  • 1985 Minami Keisuke, Japanese singer and actor.

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

1920 Film director John Ford (26) weds Mary Smith (25)

Film director John Ford
Film director
John Ford

LoveWedding of Interest

1994 Actress Natasha Richardson (31) weds actor Liam Neeson (42) at a private ceremony in New York

  • 2004 Actress Tori Spelling (31) weds actor-writer Charlie Shanian (35) at her parents 56,000-square foot mansion in Bel Air, California
  • 2004 The Bachelor actor Bob Guiney (33) weds "All My Children" soap opera actress Rebecca Budig (31) in Long Lake, Michigan
  • 2010 "The Office" actress Jenna Fischer (36) weds screenwriter Lee Kirk (38) in Malibu

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1816 Dorothy Jordan, Irish-English actress, courtesan, mistress of future King William IV of the United Kingdom, dies at 65
  • 1929 Dustin Farnum, American actor (Squaw Man, Virginian, The Flaming Frontier), dies at 55
  • 1957 Judy Tyler [Judith Mae Hess], American actress (Jailhouse Rock, Bop Girl Goes Calypso) and Miss Stardust (1949), dies in car crash with 2nd husband Gregory Lafayette (19) at 24
  • 1971 Renie Riano, English-born American actress dies after long illness at 71
  • 1976 Hans Bentz van den Berg, Dutch actor (Last Train), dies at 58
  • 1978 James Daly, American actor (Medical Center, Planet of the Apes), dies of heart failure at 59
  • 1981 Ross Martin [Martin Rosenblatt], Polish-American actor (Mr Lucky, The Wild Wild West), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • 1982 Henry King, US film director (Song of Bernadette, Gunfighter), dies at 96
  • 1987 Viola Dana, actress (Willow Tree, 40 Winks, Silent Lover), dies at 90
  • 1988 Gabriel Dell, American actor (The Bowery Boys, Steve Allen Show), dies of leukemia at 68
  • 1989 James "Jim" Backus, American actor (Mr Magoo, Rebel Without a Cause, Gilligan's Island), dies of pneumonia at 76
  • 1993 "Curly" Joe DeRita, American actor and comedian (The Three Stooges) dies of pneumonia at 83
  • 1996 Raaj Kumar, Hindi actor (Tiranga, Saudagar), dies at 69
  • 1996 Pim Jacobs, Dutch jazz pianist, TV host and actor (Gilas), dies at 61
  • 2000 Kemal Sunal, Turkish actor (b. 1944)
  • 2005 Alberto Lattuada, Italian film director (b. 1914)
  • 2006 Benjamin Hendrickson, American actor (b. 1950)
  • 2008 Larry Harmon, American entertainer and TV producer (b. 1925)
  • 2008 Clive Hornby, English soap actor - Emmerdale (b. 1944)
  • 2012 Andy Griffith, American actor, comedian, television producer, Southern gospel singer, and writer (Andy Griffith Show, Matlock), dies from a heart attack at 86
  • 2015 Diana Douglas, Bermudian-born American actress (The Indian Fighter), dies at 92
  • 2015 Jacques Sernas [Jokūbas Bernardas Šernas], Lithuanian actor (La Dolce Vita, Helen of Troy), dies at 89
  • 2016 Noel Neill, American actress (Adventures of Superman), dies at 95
  • 2018 Robby Müller, Dutch cinematographer (Breaking the Waves, Dead Man, Korczak), dies at 78
  • 2019 Arte Johnson, American comedian (Laugh-in, Don't Call Me Charlie), dies at 90
  • 2020 Leonardo Villar, Brazilian actor (The Given Word), dies at 96