On This Day in Film & TV for June 8

Events in Film & TV

Music releaseMusic Recording

1942 Bing Crosby records "Silent Night"

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • 1948 "Milton Berle Show" premieres on NBC TV
  • 1956 WDAM TV channel 7 in Laurel-Hattiesburg, MS (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1969 "Smothers Brothers comedy Hour" last airs on CBS-TV
  • 1969 21st Emmy Awards: Get Smart, Don Adams & Susan St James win
  • 1969 KDNL TV channel 30 in Saint Louis, MO (IND) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1982 US President Ronald Reagan addresses the British Parliament in his "ash heap of history" speech

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1983 "Trading Places", American comedy film, is released
  • 1984 "Ghostbusters", American supernatural comedy film, is released
  • 1984 "Gremlins", American comedy horror film, is released
  • 1989 Pirates score 10 in 1st (their best inning since 1942), prompts Pirate broadcaster Jim Rooker to say he would walk from Pitts to Philadelphia if Pirates lost, Phillies beat them 15-11, Rooker walks at end of season

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2014 Audra McDonald wins a Tony for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar And Grill"

Actress and Singer Audra McDonald
Actress and Singer
Audra McDonald
Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1903 Ronald Shiner, British actor (Dry Rot, Carry on Admiral, Keep it Clean, Aunt Clara), born in London, England (d. 1966)
  • 1906 Charles Janssens, Belgian actor (Mira, Malpertuis), born in Borgerhout, Belgium (d. 1986)
  • 1909 Mary van de Berg, Flemish actress (Moutarde van Sonaansee), born in Zuid-Holland, Netherlands (d. 2003)
  • 1916 Luigi Comencini, Italian film director (d. 2007)
  • 1918 Robert Preston, actor (Music Man, Mame, Last Starfighter), born in Newton, Massachusetts
  • 1921 Alexis Smith, Penticton BC Canada, actress (Jessica-Dallas, Follies)
  • 1921 Sheila Ryan, American actress (Big Fix, Mule Train, Ringside, Caged Fury), born in Topeka, Kansas (d. 1975)
  • 1922 Myron Healy, Petalumus California, actor (Wyatt Earp)
  • 1924 George Kirby, comedian (ABC Comedy Hour, Pearl Bailey Show), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1924 Sheldon Allman, actor (Norm-Harris Against the World), born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1927 Jerry Stiller, American comedian (Frank Constanza-Seinfeld), born in Brooklyn, New York

Comedian Jerry Stiller
Jerry Stiller
  • 1930 Dana Wynter, actress (Airport, Invasion of the Body Snatchers), born in London, England

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1933 Joan Rivers, American comedian and actress (Late Show, Hollywood Squares), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2014)

Actress, Comedian and T.V. Host Joan Rivers
Actress, Comedian and T.V. Host
Joan Rivers
  • 1934 Millicent Martin, Romford England, actress (Alfie, Nothing but the Best)
  • 1936 James Darren, actor (TJ Hooker, Diamond Head, Venus in Furs), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1939 Bernie Casey, Wyco WV, actor (Boxcar Bertha, Rent-a-Cop)
  • 1943 Colin Baker, English actor (Sixth Doctor in Doctor Who, Swallows & Amazons), born in London
  • 1944 Don Grady, [Agrati], actor (Robbie Douglas-My Three Sons), (d. 2012)
  • 1947 Julie Driscoll, rocker/actress (33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee)
  • 1949 Jeffrey Mylett, American actor (d. 1986)
  • 1950 Kathy Whitton Baker, Midland Tx, actress (Right Stuff, 16 Candles)
  • 1955 Griffin Dunne, actor (American Werewolf in London, Who's That Girl)
  • 1958 Keenan Ivory Wayans, American comedian (In Living Color), born in NYC, New York
  • 1961 Ursula Buchfellner, playmate (Oct, 1979)/actress (Bloodline), born in Munich, Germany
  • 1965 Chris Chavis, American professional wrestler

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1966 Julianna Margulies, American actress (ER, The Good Wife), born in Spring Valley NY

  • 1969 J.P. Manoux, American actor
  • 1969 David Sutcliffe, Canadian actor
  • 1971 Amanda Jahn, Miss USA-Missouri (1997)
  • 1971 Mark Feuerstein, American actor
  • 1973 Lexa Doig, Canadian actress
  • 1973 Lucija Šerbedžija, Croatian actress
  • 1975 Shilpa Shetty, Indian actress

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1978 Maria Menounos, American actress, TV star (Today, Access Hollywood, WWE) and 1996 Miss Massachusetts Teen USA, born in Medford, Massachusetts

Journalist Maria Menounos
Maria Menounos
  • 1981 Ai Nonaka, Japanese voice actor
  • 1981 Jess Weixler, American actress
  • 1982 Irina Lazareanu, Romanian-Canadian model

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

1977 Retired NBA player Bill Russell (43) weds 1968 Miss USA Dorothy Anstett

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell
  • 2003 "The Sopranos" actor Dominic Chianese (72) weds United Nations conference planner Jane Pittson (56) in Manhattan
  • 2007 "Desperate Housewives" actor Dougray Scott (41) weds actress Claire Forlani (35) at the Council Common Hall in Pievebobigliana, Italy
  • 2013 TV personality Kristin Cavallari (26) weds Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (30) in Nasvhille, Tennessee

Divorces in Film & TV

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1949 Actor Burgess Meredith (41) divorces actress Paulette Goddard (39) after 5 years of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1384 Kan'ami [Yūsaki Kiyotsugu], Japanese actor, playwright, musician and co-founder of Noh drama, dies at 51
  • 1831 Sarah Kemble Siddons, English tragic actress (Fatal Marriage, Lady Macbeth), dies at 75
  • 1947 Tom O'Brien, actor (Flying Fool), dies at 56
  • 1953 Godfrey Tearle, English-American actor (39 Steps, Mandy, At Dawn We Die), dies at 68
  • 1969 Robert Taylor, actor (Death Valley Days), dies of lung cancer at 57
  • 1980 Ernst Busch, German singer and actor (b. 1900)
  • 1988 Eli Mintz, actor (Boardwalk), dies
  • 1988 Russell Harty, broadcaster, dies
  • 1991 Bertice Reading, Dutch actress (Moon in the Gutter), dies
  • 1994 William Marshall, actor and director (Santa Fe Trail), dies at 86
  • 1996 Barry Linehan, actor (Bullseye, Dark Places, Witchcraft), dies at 70
  • 1996 Michael Fox, actor (Amos-Falcon Crest, Skinheads), dies at 75
  • 2006 Robert Donner, American actor (b. 1931)
  • 2012 Frank Cady, American actor, dies at 96