On This Day in Film & TV for June 30

Events in Film & TV

  • 1925 Charles Jenkins is granted the U.S. patent for Transmitting Pictures over Wireless (early television)
  • 1940 "Brenda Starr" cartoon strip, by Dale Messick, 1st appears for the Chicago Tribune Syndicate
  • 1951 "Victor Borge Show" last airs on NBC-TV
  • 1952 "Guiding Light" soap opera moves from radio to TV
  • 1955 "Johnny Carson Show" debuts on CBS-TV
  • 1973 "Burns & Schreiber Comedy Hour" TV Variety; debut on ABC
  • 1979 Johnny Rotten & Joan Collins appear together on BBC TV's Juke Box Jury
  • 1988 "Sledge Hammer!" last aires on ABC-TV

Film release premierFilm Release

2004 "Spider-Man 2" directed by Sam Raimi and starring Toby Maguire and Kirsten Dunst is released

Actress Kirsten Dunst
Actress
Kirsten Dunst

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1868 C V France, British actor (The Skin Game, Adventure in Blackmail), born in Bradford England (d. 1949)
  • 1879 Walter Hampden, American actor (Five Fingers, Hunchback of Notre Dame), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1955)
  • 1890 Gertrude McCoy, American silent screen actress (Blue Bird), born in Sugar Valley, Georgia (d. 1967)
  • 1891 Man Mountain Dean, American professional wrestler (d. 1953)
  • 1891 Ed "Strangler" Lewis, American professional wrestler (d. 1966)
  • 1892 Pierre Blanchar, Algerian actor and director (Magnificent Sinner, Wooden Crosses,, Pastoral Symphony), born in Philippeville, Constantine, France (d. 1963)
  • 1898 George Chandler, American actor (Fury, Lassie, The Fatal Glass of Beer), born in Waukegan, Illinois (d. 1985)
  • 1899 Madge Bellamy [Margaret Derden Philpott], American actress (White Zombie, The Iron Horse), born in Hillsboro, Texas (d. 1990)
  • 1904 Glenda Farrell, American actress (Golddiggers of 1935), born in Enid, Oklahoma (d. 1971)
  • 1905 Nestor Paiva, American-Portuguese actor (Zorro, The Creature from the Black Lagoon), born in Fresno, California (d. 1966)
  • 1906 Anthony Mann, American film actor and director (El Cid, Winchester '73, The Glenn Miller Story), born in San Diego, California (d. 1967)
  • 1917 Lena Horne, American actress, singer (Stormy Weather, Wiz), born in Brooklyn, New York

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1917 Susan Hayward, American actress (I Want to Live, Tulsa), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1975)

Actress Susan Hayward
Actress
Susan Hayward
  • 1919 Lee Krieger, MD, actor (Clambake, One Way Wahini)
  • 1927 Harvey Vernon, actor (Jasper-Carter Country), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1927 James Goldman, American screenwriter/playwright (The Lion in Winter, They Might Be Giants), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1930 Doyle Holly, comedian/country performer (Buckaroos)
  • 1931 June Thorburn, Kashmir India, actress (Touch & Go, Children Galore)
  • 1933 Lea Massari, Italian actress
  • 1936 Dave Van Ronk, rocker/actor (Caffe Lena)
  • 1936 Nancy Dussault, actress (Muriel-Too Close for Comfort), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1936 Tony Musante, actor (David Toma-Toma, Nowhere to Hide), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut (d. 2013)
  • 1936 Assia Djebar [Fatma-Zohra Imalhay√®ne], Algerian writer and filmmaker, born in Iol, Algeria (d. 2015)
  • 1941 Micki Grant, American singer, composer and actress, 1st African Amerian woman to direct on Broadway, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1952 David Garrison, Broadway and television actor
  • 1954 Ken Olin, actor (Thirtysomething, Det Quinn-EZ Street), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1956 David Alan Grier, comedian (In Living Color, Boomerang)
  • 1959 Gina Goldberg, playmate (May, 1981)
  • 1959 Vincent D'Onofrio, American actor
  • 1963 Rupert Graves, English actor (Handful of Dust, Maurice, Sherlock), born in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset
  • 1966 Marton Csokas, New Zealand actor
  • 1967 Tina Bockrath, playmate (May, 1990)/actress, born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1970 Brian Bloom, actor (As the World Turns)
  • 1971 Anette Michel, Mexican actress
  • 1971 Monica Potter, American actress
  • 1972 Ellen Coleen Pasturzak, Miss America-Ohio (1996), born in Portsmouth, Ohio
  • 1974 Michelle Kang, Fredericksburg Virginia, Miss America-Virginia (1997)
  • 1977 Lola Odusoga, Finland, Miss Universe-3rd place (1996)
  • 1979 Rick Gonzalez, Hispanic-American actor
  • 1982 Lizzy Caplan, American actress (Mean Girls, Marlena Diamond-Cloverfield), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1985 Cody Runnels, American wrestler
  • 1986 Victoria Crawford, American wrestler and model
  • 1991 Kaho, Japanese actress

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1949 Filmmaker Billy Wilder (43) weds former singer Audrey Young

Filmmaker Billy Wilder
Filmmaker
Billy Wilder
  • 1992 Actress Cecil Hoffman (Zoe-LA Law) marries Paul Slye

HeartWedding of Interest

2008 Singer-actress Olivia Newton-John (59) weds natural-health businessman John Easterling (56) in Florida's Jupiter Island

Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and actress
Olivia Newton-John

HeartWedding of Interest

2012 Actor Alec Baldwin (54) weds Hilaria Thomas at St. Patrick's Old Cathedral in New York City


Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1992 Actress Natasha Richardson (29) divorces producer Robert Fox (39) after a year of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2006 American singer-songwriter and TV personality Jessica Simpson (25) divorces 98 Degrees boy band singer Nick Lachey (32) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of marriage

Pop Star Jessica Simpson
Pop Star
Jessica Simpson

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2010 "Scream 4" actress Neve Campbell (37) divorces actor John Light (36) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of marriage

Actress Neve Campbell
Actress
Neve Campbell

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1965 Bessie Barriscale, actress (Plain Jane, Show Folks), dies
  • 1968 John Gough, actor (Circus Kid, 2 for Tonight), dies at 73
  • 1968 John Gough, American actor (Smooth as Satin, In the Land of the Tortilla, Circus Kid), dies at 73
  • 1971 Herbert Biberman, Jewish American screenwriter and film director (b. 1900)
  • 1980 Virginia Brown Faire, actress (Lonesome Trail, Temptress), dies
  • 1987 King Donovan, actor and director (Enforcer, Perfect Furlough), dies
  • 1993 George "Spanky" McFarland, child actor (Our Gang), dies at age 65
  • 1995 Barney Simon, theatre director/writer, dies at 63
  • 1995 Gale Gordon, American actor and comedian (Our Miss Brooks, Here's Lucy), dies from lung cancer at 89
  • 1997 Larry O'Day, wrestler (b. 1944)
  • 2010 Park Yong-ha, Korean actor and singer (b. 1977)
  • 2010 Elliott Kastner, American film producer (Bobo, Big Sleep), dies at 80
  • 2014 Paul Mazursky, American film director and screenwriter, dies from pulmonary cardiac arrest at 84