On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for March 14

Events in Film & TV

  • 1931 1st theater built for rear movie projection (NYC)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1937 Battle of the Century: Fred Allen & Jack Benny meet on radio during their "feud"

Comedian Jack Benny
Jack Benny

Film release premierFilm Premier

1940 "The Road to Singapore" directed by Victor Schertzinger starring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour, first of seven such films premieres

Entertainer and TV Personality Bob Hope
Entertainer and TV Personality
Bob Hope
Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • 1953 KOLR TV channel 10 in Springfield, MO (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 KDAL (now KDLH) TV channel 3 in Duluth-Superior, MN (CBS) begins

Film release premierFilm Release

1966 British film "Born Free" based on the book "Born Free" by Joy Adamson released starring Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers

Naturalist and Author Joy Adamson
Naturalist and Author
Joy Adamson
  • 1968 CBS TV suspends Radio Free Europe free advertising because RFE doesn't make it clear it is sponsored by the CIA

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

1971 Barbra Streisand appears on "The Burt Bacharach Special" on CBS TV

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1987 13th People's Choice Awards: Clint Eastwood & Meryl Streep win (Motion Picture) and Bill Cosby & Cybill Shepherd win (TV)

Actress Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
Actor and Director Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director
Clint Eastwood

Sport defeatWrestleMania

2004 WrestleMania XX, Madison Square Garden, NYC: Chris Benoit wins Triple Threat title match with Triple H and Shawn Michaels

Professional Wrestler Triple H
Professional Wrestler
Triple H
Professional Wrestler Shawn Michaels
Professional Wrestler
Shawn Michaels

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2006 Mike Wallace retires from news program "60 Minutes" after 37 years

Newscaster Mike Wallace
Mike Wallace

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1862 Eva Thatcher, American actress, born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1942)
  • 1874 Mary Carr, American actress (Forbidden Trail, Pack Up Your Troubles), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1973)
  • 1880 Oscar [Bachigaloupi] Tourniaire, Dutch actor and director (Pink Kate), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1939)
  • 1894 Osa Johnson, American adventurer and filmmaker, born in NYC, New York (d. 1953)
  • 1904 Doris Eaton, American actress (Man on the Moon, Tell Your Children), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 2010)
  • 1911 Pete Piute [Morris Kaufman], American comedian (Village Barn), born in NYC, New York
  • 1914 Bill Owen [William Owen Rowbotham], British actor (Last of the Summer Wine, Not So Dusty), born in Acton, Middlesex, England (d. 1999)
  • 1916 Horton Foote, American author, playwright and screenwriter
  • 1918 Dennis Patrick, American actor (Dear Dead Delilah, Dallas, Rituals), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2002)

Person of interestMichael Caine

1933 Michael Caine [Maurice J. Micklewhite], English actor (Alfie), born in London, England

  • 1939 Bertrand Blier, novelist/director (Going Places), born in Paris, France
  • 1939 Raymond J. Barry, American actor
  • 1940 Eleanor Fount, English actress (Women in Love, Bedazzled)
  • 1941 Wolfgang Petersen, Emden Germany, actor (Shattered, Enemy Mine)
  • 1942 Rita Tushingham, English actress (Green Eyes, Doctor Zhivago), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1946 Jasper Carrott, English comedian (Jane & the Lost City, Detectives)
  • 1946 Steve Kanaly, actor (Fleshburn, Ray Krebbs-Dallas), born in Burbank, California
  • 1948 Billy Crystal, American actor, writer and producer (Soap, City Slickers), born in Long Beach, New York
  • 1951 Rigdon "Rick" Dees, American actor, voice artist and radio disc jock (The Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 Countdown), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1954 Adrian Zmed, American actor (TJ Hooker, Dance Fever), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1955 Helen Atkinson-Wood, British actress and comedian (O.T.T., Blackadder the Third), born in Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire
  • 1956 Patrick Leonard, American songwriter, film composer and music producer (Madonna), born in Crystal Falls, Michigan
  • 1959 Tamara Tunie, American actress
  • 1961 Russell Todd, actor (Jamie Frame-Another World)
  • 1961 Penny Johnson Jerald, American actress
  • 1965 Catherine Dent, American actress

Person of interestAamir Khan

1965 Aamir Khan, Indian Bollywood actor, director and talk show host (3 Idiots, Lagaan, PK), born in Mumbai, India

Actor and Director Aamir Khan
Actor and Director
Aamir Khan
  • 1965 Kiana Tom, American fitness guru and model
  • 1965 Kevin Williamson, American screenwriter
  • 1966 Elise Neal, American actress
  • 1967 Melissa Brennan Reeves, Eatontown NJ, actress (Jen-Days of our Lives)
  • 1968 Megan Follows, Canadian actress (Chase, Anne of Green Gables), born in Toronto, Onario
  • 1969 Laura Leighton, actress (Sydney-Melrose Place, Other Woman)
  • 1970 Meredith Salenger, actress (Dream a Little Dream, The Kiss)
  • 1975 Wendy Rice, American actress (Pleasure Party)
  • 1975 Rico Yan, Filipino actor (d. 2002)
  • 1977 Aki Hoshino, Japanese model
  • 1979 Chris Klein, American actor
  • 1980 Mercedes McNab, Canadian-born actress
  • 1982 Kate Maberly, English actress (Secret Garden), born in Reigate, England
  • 1983 Johnny Flynn, English actor (Emma) and singer-songwriter, born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1984 Liesel Matthews [Pritzker], American former child actress ("A Little Princess"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1984 Antoni Porowski, Canadian chef and TV personality (Queer Eye), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1986 Jamie Bell, British actor
  • 1987 Robert Clark, American-Canadian actor (The Zack Files), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1994 Ansel Elgort, American actor (Fault in our Stars), born in NYC, New York

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

1906 Film director D. W. Griffith (31) weds Linda Arvidson (21) at Old North Church in Boston, Massachusetts

Film Director D. W. Griffith
Film Director
D. W. Griffith

LoveWedding of Interest

1943 Actress Lana Turner and actor Stephen Crane marry for the second time

Actress Lana Turner
Lana Turner
  • 2006 Argentinean actress Andrea Frigerio (44) weds Lucas Boccino in an intimate civil ceremony
  • 2006 Comedian and actor Jack Black (36) weds musician and animator Tanya Haden (34) in Big Sur, California

LoveWedding of Interest

2014 Actress Jamie Lynn Spears (22) weds businessman Jamie Watson at the Audubon Tea Room in New Orleans, Louisiana

Deaths in Film & TV

Person of interestSusan Hayward

1975 Susan Hayward, American actress (Young & Willing), dies of brain cancer at 56

Actress Susan Hayward
Susan Hayward
  • 1976 Alberta Franklin, silent screen actress, dies at 79
  • 1983 Maurice Ronet, French film actor, director, and writer (Frantic, Sphinx, Circle of Love), dies of cancer at 55
  • 1986 Edith Atwater, American actress (Phyllis-Love on a Rooftop), dies at 74
  • 1986 Huw Wheldon, Welsh broadcaster (BBC), dies at 69
  • 1992 C V Wood Jr, theme park developer (Disneyland), dies of cancer at 71
  • 1992 Jean Poiret [Jean-Gustave Poiré], French actor, director, and screenwriter (La Cage Aux Folles), dies at 65
  • 1992 Ralph James, actor (Orson-Mork & Mindy), dies at 67
  • 1999 Kirk Alyn [John Feggo Jr], American actor (Superman), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 88
  • 2004 Genevieve [Ginette Auger], French actress and singer (The Jack Paar Show), dies of a stroke at 83
  • 2007 Gareth Hunt, English actor (b. 1943)
  • 2008 Melville "Mel" Brandt, American actor and NBC staff announcer (Faraway Hill), dies at 88
  • 2009 Alain Bashung, French singer, songwriter, comedian and actor. (b. 1947)
  • 2010 Peter Graves [Aurness], American actor (Mission Impossible, Airplane!, Stalag 17), dies from a heart attack at 83
  • 2012 Pierre Schoendoerffer, French Academy Award-winning director and screenwriter (The Anderson Platoon), dies from surgical complications at 83
  • 2018 Jim Bowen, British TV game show host (Bullseye) and comedian, dies at 80