On This Day in Film & TV for July 7

Events in Film & TV

  • 1936 RCA shows 1st real TV program (dancing, film on locomotives, Bonwit Teller fashion show and monologue from Tobacco Road & comedy)
  • 1939 "The Rules of the Game", French film directed by Jean Renoir, starring Nora Gregor and Paulette Dubost, premieres in Paris
  • 1949 "Dragnet" premieres on NBC radio; also a TV series in 1951 & 1967
  • 1956 "Hancock's Half Hour" premieres as a TV show starring Tony Hancock and Sid James, written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson
  • 1975 TV soap opera "Ryan's Hope" premieres
  • 1977 "The Spy Who Loved Me", 10th James Bond film starring Roger Moore and Barbara Bach, premieres in London
  • 1980 Jineane Ford of Arizona replaces Shawn Weatherly (Miss Universe) as the 29th Miss USA
  • 1980 Shawn Weatherly, of USA, crowned 29th Miss Universe
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Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1970 Actress Shelley Duvall (21) weds Bernard Sampson
  • 1975 Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour (29) weds American model and artist Virginia "Ginger" Hasenbein (26); divorce in 1990
  • 1977 "American Bandstand" TV host Dick Clark (47) weds Kari Wigton (34) in Malibu, California

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 1953 Actor José Ferrer divorces dancer and actress Phyllis Hill after 5 years of marriage
  • 1994 Actress Diane Lane files for divorce from Christopher Lambert

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Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1958 Raymond Hackett, American husband of Blanche Sweet and actor (Faithless Lover), dies at 55
  • 1969 Erskine Sanford, American actor (Citizen Kane, Angel on My Shoulder), dies at 83
  • 1970 Sylvester Wiere, comedian (Wiere Brothers-Ford Festival), dies at 60
  • 1973 Veronica Lake [Constance Ockleman], American actress (Sullivan's Travels, I Married a Witch), dies from hepatitis and acute kidney injury at 50
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