On This Day in Film & TV for July 5

Events in Film & TV

  • 1953 WANC TV channel 21 in Asheville, NC (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 The BBC broadcasts its first television news bulletin
  • 1961 KUSD TV channel 2 in Vermillion, SD (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1970 20th Berlin International Film Festival cancelled due to controversy surrounding the participation of Michael Verhoeven's anti-war film "o.k."
  • 1989 "Seinfield" (originally titled The Seinfeld Chronicles" screens its pilot episode starring Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards on NBC
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Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1943 American actress Betty Grable (26) weds American big band leader Harry James (27); divorce in 1965
  • 1980 Actress Raquel Welch (39) weds producer André Weinfeld
  • 2002 "Smallville" actor Tom Welling (25) weds model Jamie White in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

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Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1948 Carole Landis [Frances Ridste], American actress (I Wake Up Screaming; One Million BC; Topper Returns), allegedly commits suicide at 29
  • 1969 Ben Alexander, American actor (Dragnet, All Quiet on the Western Front), dies of natural causes at 58
  • 1969 Leo McCarey, American film director (The Awful Truth), dies at 70
  • 1979 Judson Laire, American stage and screen actor (I Remember Mama - "Papa"; Advise and Consent), dies at 76
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