On This Day in Film & TV for June 24

Events in Film & TV

  • 1916 Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to get a million dollar contract
  • 1949 "Hopalong Cassidy" becomes 1st network western (NBC)
  • 1953 KSWS (now KOBR) TV channel 8 in Roswell, NM (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1955 5th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Rats" wins Golden Bear (audience vote)
  • 1956 "Steve Allen Show" returns on NBC-TV
  • 1956 WISC TV channel 3 in Madison, WI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1960 10th Berlin International Film Festival: "El Lazarillo de Tormes" wins Golden Bear
  • 1963 1st demonstration of home video recorder, at BBC Studios, London
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Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1891 Irving Pichel, American actor and director (Mme Butterfly, Oliver Twist), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1893 Roy O. Disney, American businessman and co-founder of the Walt Disney Company with brother Walt, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1971)
  • 1904 Phil Harris [Wonga Philip], American actor and singer (Anything Goes, Robin Hood), born in Linton, Indiana (d. 1995)
  • 1906 Willard Maas, American educator and experimental filmmaker (d. 1971)
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Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1933 Actor John Wayne (26) weds Josephine Saenz (25) in Los Angeles
  • 1967 NFL running back, broadcaster, actor and later criminal O.J. Simpson (19) marries Marguerite Whitley
  • 1983 "NBC Sports" sportscaster Bob Costas (31) weds Carole Randall Krumenacher

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 1994 Sally Fields files for divorce from 2nd husband Alan Greisman
  • 1997 Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry (30) divorces MLB outfielder David Justice (31) after more than 4 years of marriage

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Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1962 Lucile Watson, Canadian actress (Great Lie, Model Wife, Florian), dies at 83
  • 1969 Frank King, American cartoonist (Gasoline Alley), dies at 86
  • 1969 Ted Hecht, American actor (Time to Kill, Song of India, Gangster), dies at 61
  • 1973 George "Bud" Hamilton Westmore, American film make-up artist (Westmore family), dies after a heart attack at 55
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