On This Day in Film & TV for June 12

Events in Film & TV

  • 1913 "Dachshund" by Pathe Freres, early animated cartoon, released
  • 1939 Shooting begins on Paramount Pictures' Dr. Cyclops, the first horror film photographed in three-strip Technicolor.
  • 1955 TV comedy "Mister Peepers" starring Wally Cox airs for last time on NBC
  • 1955 Monitor (full weekend program) begins on NBC radio network
  • 1958 "Make Me Laugh" TV Game Show last airs on ABC-TV, syndicated 1979
  • 1960 KORN (now KDLT) TV channel 5 in Mitchell-Sioux Falls, SD (ABC) begins

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1963 "Cleopatra" directed by Joseph Mankiewicz and starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton premieres in NYC

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1967 "You Only Live Twice", 5th James Bond film starring Sean Connery, screenplay by Roald Dahl, premieres in London

  • 1968 U.S. premiere of horror film "Rosemary's Baby", based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Ira Levin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 "Yes, Yes, Yes" by Bill Cosby hits #46

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 Ronald Reagan says he will submit to periodic medical tests

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

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1981 "Raiders of the Lost Ark", the first Indiana Jones film directed by Stephen Spielberg, produced by George Lucas and starring Harrison Ford premieres

Actor Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford
Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas
Director Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
  • 1987 US President Ronald Reagan challenges Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down" the Berlin wall
  • 1989 "Doctor Doctor", TV Comedy starring Matt Frewer, debuts on CBS-TV

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1997 "Batman and Robin" directed by Joel Schumacher, starring George Clooney, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Chris O'Donnell premieres in Los Angeles

Actor George Clooney
George Clooney
Actor Chris O'Donnell
Chris O'Donnell
Actor, Body Builder & Politician Arnold Schwarzenegger
Actor, Body Builder & Politician
Arnold Schwarzenegger

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2007 "Transformers", directed by Michael Bay and starring Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox premieres in Sydney

Actor Shia LaBeouf
Shia LaBeouf
Actress Megan Fox
Megan Fox
  • 2009 TSC: All television broadcasts in the United States switch from analog NTSC to digital ATSC transmission.

Film release premierFilm Premier

2010 "Toy Story 3", directed by Lee Unkrich, starring Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, premieres at the Taormina Film Fest in Italy - 1st animated film to earn 1 billion

Actor Tim Allen
Tim Allen
Actor Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1875 Sam De Grasse, Canadian actor, born in Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canada (d. 1953)
  • 1893 Kommer Kleijn, Dutch actor and radio play director (Tomorrow It Will Be Better), born in Hilversum, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1982)
  • 1908 Max Tailleur, adjudant to Prince Bernhard/Jewish humorist
  • 1908 Alphonse Ouimet, Canadian TV pioneer and president of the CBC (d. 1988)
  • 1912 Russell "Lucky" Hayden [Pate Lucid], American actor (Judge Roy Bean, Three Men from Texas), born in Chico, California (d. 1981)
  • 1914 William Lundigan, American actor (Climax, Pinky, They Asked for It), born in Syracuse, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1916 Ivan Tors, TV producer (Sea Hunt, Flipper)
  • 1917 Priscilla Lane, American actress (Arsenic & Old Lace)
  • 1918 Samuel Z. Arkoff, American film producer (d. 2001)
  • 1919 Uta Hagen, German-American actress and theatre practitioner (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), born in Göttingen, Germany (d. 2004)
  • 1920 Peter Jones, British actor (Chariots of Fire, From a Bird's Eye View), born in Wem, Shropshire, England (d. 2000)
  • 1920 James "Jim" Siedow, American actor (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), born in Cheyenne, Wyoming (d. 2003)
  • 1921 Hendrik J Witteveen, economist/minister of finance/director (IMF)
  • 1921 James Houston, author/filmmaker (Tikta'Liktak), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1926 Jackie Pallo, English professional wrestler (d. 2006)
  • 1930 Jim Nabors, American actor and singer (Gomer Pyle, Back Home Again in Indiana), born in Sylacauga, Alabama (d. 2017)
  • 1938 Tom Oliver, Australian actor
  • 1941 Marv Albert, American "Yes!" sportscaster (NBC-TV)/back biter, born in NYC, New York
  • 1944 Linda Foster, Lancaster England, actress (Doris-Hank)
  • 1951 Alan Dysert, Danville Ill, actor (Sean Cudahy-All My Children)
  • 1954 Tineke Schouten, Dutch TV host
  • 1957 Jim Morris, impressionist/comedian (Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush)
  • 1957 Timothy Busfield, actor (30 Something, West Wing), born in East Lansing, Michigan
  • 1958 Rebecca Holden, American actress and singer (Knight Rider), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1959 Jenilee Harrison, actress (Cindy-3's Company, Dallas), born in Glendale, California
  • 1959 Kenneth D Herdigein, Suriname/Dutch actor (Say A)
  • 1959 Scott Thompson, comedian (Kids in the Hall, Larry Sanders Show)
  • 1962 Ally Sheedy, [Alexandria], American actress (Wargames, Breakfast Club), born in NYC, New York
  • 1962 Michael Link, actor (Earl-Julia), born in Provo, Utah
  • 1962 John Enos III, American actor
  • 1963 Tim DeKay, American actor
  • 1963 Jerry Lynn, American professional wrestler
  • 1963 Johnny Weiss, American professional wrestler
  • 1964 Paula Marshall, actress (Lindsay Sutton-Chicago Sons), born in Rockville, Maryland
  • 1964 Lorraine Downes, New Zealand beauty queen (Miss Universe 1983), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1965 Cathy Tyson, actress (Serpant & Rainbow), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1967 Frances O'Connor, Australian actress
  • 1967 Icíar Bollaín, Spanish actress, director and writer
  • 1968 Sherry Stringield, actress (ER)
  • 1970 Gordon Michael Woolvett, Canadian actor
  • 1976 Kristin Alicia Beall Ludecke, Miss America-Florida (1996), born in Eustis, Florida
  • 1978 Shiloh Strong, actor (Maybe This Time, House of Cards)
  • 1978 DJ Qualls, American model and actor
  • 1979 Wil Horneff, actor (Ghost in the Machine, Sandlot), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • 1981 Adriana Lima, Brazilian supermodel
  • 1985 Kendra Wilkinson, American Television Personality and glamour model, born in San Diego, California
  • 1992 Allie DiMeco American musician and actress (The Naked Brothers Band)
  • 1992 Ryan Malgarini, American actor
  • 1997 William Cuddy, Canadian actor

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

1997 Rapper and actor Snoop Dogg (25) weds high school sweetheart Shante Taylor at The Ritz Carlton Hotel in Marina Del Rey, California

Rapper Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg

HeartWedding of Interest

1999 Actor and film director David Arquette (27) weds "Friends" actress Courteney Cox (34) at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, California

Actress Courteney Cox
Courteney Cox

HeartWedding of Interest

2009 Tennis ace Boris Becker (41) weds model Sharlely Kerssenberg in St Moritz, Switzerland

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1966 Thomas Chalmers, American opera singer, actor, and filmmaker (Blind Alleys, Outrage), dies at 81
  • 1967 Bombardier Billy Wells [William Thomas Wells], English heavyweight boxer (Lionsdale Belt, 1911), dies at 79
  • 1980 Milburn Stone, American actor (Gunsmoke, Pickup on South Street), dies from a heart attack at 75

Person of interestNorma Shearer

1983 Norma Shearer, Canadian-American actress (Escape, Romeo & Juliet), dies at 82

Actress Norma Shearer
Norma Shearer
  • 1992 Gerda Nicolson, actress (Next of Kin, Clinic), dies
  • 1996 Ilona Ference, actress (Quatermass II, Star of My Night), dies at 78

Person of interestGregory Peck

2003 Gregory Peck, American actor (To Kill a Mockingbird, MacArthur), dies of bronchopneumonia at 87

  • 2007 Don Herbert aka "Mr. Wizard", American television host (b. 1917)