On This Day

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."

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1989 "Seinfield" (originally titled The Seinfeld Chronicles" screens its pilot episode starring Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards on NBC

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld
Comedian
Jerry Seinfeld
Comedian Jerry Stiller
Comedian
Jerry Stiller
Seinfeld Comedienne Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Seinfeld Comedienne
Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1755 Sarah Kemble Siddons, English tragic actress (Fatal Marriage), born in Brecon, Wales (d. 1831)
  • 1858 Maria "Marie" Bakker, Dutch actress and wife of Maarten Stranger, born (d. 1917)
  • 1889 Jean Cocteau, French poet and writer (Les Enfants Terribles), born in Maisons-Laffitte, France (d. 1963)
  • 1904 Don Goddard, American news anchor (ABC Evening News 1958-59), born in Binghamton, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1904 Milburn Stone, American actor (Gunsmoke, Pickup on South Street), born in Burrton, Kansas (d. 1980)
  • 1904 Josephine Wilson, British actress (The Lady Vanishes, We Dive at Dawn), born in Bromley, England (d. 1990)
  • 1905 Isa Miranda [Ines Sampietro], Italian model and actress (La Ronde), born in Bergamo (d. 1982)
  • 1927 Beverly Tyler, American singer and actress (Fireball, The Youngest Profession, Big Town), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania (d. 2005)
  • 1928 Warren Oates, American actor (Dillinger, East of Eden, Stoney Burke), born in Depoy, Muhlenberg County (d. 1982)
  • 1929 Katherine Helmond, American actress and director (Soap, Mona-Who's the Boss), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 2019)
  • 1930 Tommy Cook, American producer, screenwriter and actor (Missile to the Moon), born in Duluth, Minnesota
  • 1932 Billy Laughlin, American child actor (Froggy- Our Gang), born in San Gabriel, California (d. 1948)
  • 1933 Terence Cooper, British actor (Casino Royale), born in Carnmoney, County Antrim, Northern Ireland (d. 1997)
  • 1934 Philip Madoc, Welsh actor (The Life and Times of David Lloyd George), born in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales (d. 2012)
  • 1936 Shirley Knight, American actress (Endless Love, Desperate Housewives), born in Goessel, Kansas (d. 2020)
  • 1945 Jeffrey Kramer, American actor (Ted Stein-Struck by Lightning), born in NYC, New York
  • 1948 William Hootkins, American actor, born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2005)
  • 1949 Marilyn Cole, English Playmate model (Jan, 1972, Playmate of the Year 1973), born in Portsmouth, England
  • 1949 Benny Stolovitz, fictional character on LA Law
  • 1951 Keiko Fuji, Japanese enka singer and actress, born in Ichinoseki, Iwate, Japan (d. 2013)
  • 1956 Patricia "Patsy" Pease, American actress (Kimberly-Days of Our Lives), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1960 Brad Loree, Canadian actor and stunt performer, born in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
  • 1963 Edie Falco, American actress (Carmela Soprano-The Sopranos), born in NYC, New York
  • 1963 Russ Lorenson, American singer and actor, born in Upland, Pennsylvania
  • 1965 Kathryn Erbe, American actress (Detective Alexandra Eames-Law & Order: Criminal Intent), born in Newton, Massachusetts
  • 1966 Susannah Doyle, British actress (Drop the Dead Donkey), born in Kingston-on-Thames, Surrey, England

Person of interestSusan Wojcicki

1968 Susan Wojcicki, American businesswoman and CEO of YouTube "the most important person in advertising", born in Santa Clara County, California

CEO of YouTube Susan Wojcicki
CEO of YouTube
Susan Wojcicki
  • 1969 Jenji Kohan, American television writer and producer (Orange is the New Black), born in Los Angeles
  • 1972 Michael Bays, American actor (Bronx Zoo, Days of Our Live), born in Enrico, California
  • 1972 Tatsuhito Takaiwa, Zainichi-Korean wrestler (NJPW), born in Kyoto, Japan
  • 1975 Kip Gamblin, Australian dancer and actor (Home and Away), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1976 Marina Dias, Brazilian model, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1981 Ryan Hansen, American actor (Veronica Mars), born in Fountain Valley, California
  • 1984 Yu Yamada, Ryukyuan model, actress and singer, born in Okinawa, Japan
  • 1985 Stephanie McIntosh, Australian pop singer and actress, born in Malvern, Australia
  • 1991 Jason Dolley, American actor and musician (Cory in the House), born in Los Angeles, California

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

1943 Actress Betty Grable (26) weds big band leader Harry James (27)

Film actress Betty Grable
Film actress
Betty Grable

LoveWedding of Interest

1980 Actress Raquel Welch (39) weds producer André Weinfeld

Actress Raquel Welch
Actress
Raquel Welch
  • 2002 "Smallville" actor Tom Welling (25) weds model Jamie White in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
  • 2003 TV personality Debbie Matenopoulos (28) weds Lions Gate Entertainment president Jay Faires at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Los Angeles, California

LoveWedding of Interest

2003 "Dawson's Creek" actor James Van Der Beek (26) weds actress Heather Ann McComb (26) at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu, California

LoveWedding of Interest

2003 Actress Elizabeth Banks (29) weds sportswriter and producer Max Handelman (30) at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills

Actress and Director Elizabeth Banks
Actress and Director
Elizabeth Banks
  • 2008 "The Bachelor" TV personality Andrew Firestone (32) weds Serbian model and actress Ivana Bozilovic (30) at St Mark's in the Valley Episcopal Church in Los Olivos, California
  • 2014 Writer and comedian John Mulaney (32) weds make-up artist Annamarie Tendler at the Onteora Mountain House in Boiceville, New York

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1950 Actress Bette Davis (42) divorces artist William Grant Sherry after more than 4 years of marriage

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1957 Singer and actor Frank Sinatra and movie star Ava Gardner divorce after 6 years of marriage

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
Actress Ava Gardner
Actress
Ava Gardner

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 actor and singer (Papa-Mama, Adm Broadway Revue), dies at 76
  • 1984 Gaston Vandermeulen, Flemish actor (Heilig Experiment, The Arrival of Joachim Stiller), dies at 79
  • 1985 Marion Byron, actress (Steamboat Bill Jr), dies at 73
  • 1992 Georgia Brown, British singer/actress (Love at Stake), dies at 59
  • 2002 Katy Jurado, Mexican actress, 1st Latin actress to win a Golden Globe (High Noon, Broken Lance), dies at 78
  • 2007 Kerwin Mathews, American actor (b. 1926)
  • 2020 Nick Cordero, Canadian Broadway actor (Bullets Over Broadway), dies of COVID-19 complications at 41
  • 2020 Ragaa al-Gedawy, Egyptian actress (The Stranger) dies of COVID-19 at 81