On This Day in Film & TV for June 17

Events in Film & TV

  • 1919 "Barney Google" cartoon strip, by Billy De Beck, premieres
  • 1954 Televised Senate Army McCarthy hearings ends
  • 1961 Billy Barnes' musical revue "Billy Barnes People", starting Ken Berry, Dave Ketchum, and Jo Anne Worley, closes at Royale Theater, NYC, after 7 performances
  • 1967 Barbra Streisand: "A Happening in Central Park" concert performance for audience of 135,000
  • 1968 KQEC TV channel 32 in San Francisco, California (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1988 Givens' Family reports Mike Tyson beats his wife Robin Givens
  • 1992 Connecticut Governor Lowell Weicker and WFAN DJ Don Imus change places for 1 day
  • 2017 Bill Cosby trial for aggravated indecent assault declared a mistrial after jurors couldn't reach a verdict
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Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1874 Grant Mitchell, American actor (The Man Who Came to Dinner), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1957)
  • 1877 Russell Simpson, American actor (San Francisco, Abraham Lincoln), born in Danville, California (d. 1959)
  • 1895 Louise Fazenda, American vaudeville, and silent and sound screen actress (Mack Sennett comedies), born in Lafayette, Indiana (d. 1962)
  • 1904 Ralph Bellamy, American actor (Rosemary's Baby, His Girl Friday, Trading Places), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1991)
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Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1962 American actor Jack Nicholson (25) weds American actress Sandra Knight (22) in Los Angeles, California; divorce in 1968
  • 1983 American singer-songwriter, of The Eagles, Glenn Frey (34) weds America artist Janie Beggs; divorce in 1988
  • 1997 Actress and philanthropist Grace Hightower (42) weds actor Robert De Niro (53) at their Marbletown home

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Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1936 Henry B Walthall, American actor (The Birth of a Nation, Klondike), dies at 58
  • 1957 Esme Percy, British actor (Murder!, Pygmalion, Old Spanish Custom), dies at 69
  • 1961 Jeff Chandler [Ira Grossel], American actor (Broken Arrow), dies as a result of medical malpractice at 42
  • 1963 John Whiting, British actor, dramatist and critic (PT Raiders, The Devils, The Good Companions), dies of cancer at 45
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