On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for March 17

Events in Film & TV

  • 1953 WBAY TV channel 2 in Green Bay, WI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 WWLP TV channel 22 in Springfield, MA (NBC) begins broadcasting

Film tv awardsEmmy Awards

1956 8th Emmy Awards: "The Ed Sullivan Show", Phil Silvers Show & Lucy Ball win

TV Host Ed Sullivan
TV Host
Ed Sullivan
Comedian and Actor Phil Silvers
Comedian and Actor
Phil Silvers
  • 1960 WSLA (now WAKA) TV channel 8 in Selma, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Release

1960 One of the first French New Wave films, "Breathless", directed by Jean-Luc Godard, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg is released in France

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1968 Bee Gees make their US TV debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show" performing "To Love Somebody" and "Words"

Bee Gees Guitarist Maurice Gibb
Bee Gees Guitarist
Maurice Gibb
TV Host Ed Sullivan
TV Host
Ed Sullivan
Bee Gees Singer Barry Gibb
Bee Gees Singer
Barry Gibb

Film tv awardsBAFTA Awards

1991 44th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "Goodfellas" Best Film, Martin Scorsese Best Director

Film Director Martin Scorsese
Film Director
Martin Scorsese

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1992 18th People's Choice Awards: Kevin Costner & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Bill Cosby & Candice Bergen win (TV)

Actress Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts
Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
Actor Kevin Costner
Kevin Costner

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1993 19th People's Choice Awards: Kevin Costner & Demi Moore win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Tim Allen & Candice Bergen win (TV)

  • 1997 CNN begin Spanish broadcasts

Sport defeatWrestleMania

2002 WrestleMania XVIII, Skydome, Toronto, ON (68,237): Triple H beats Chris Jericho for the undisputed WWF Heavyweight title

Professional Wrestler Triple H
Professional Wrestler
Triple H

Music releaseMusic Single

2014 Sia releases her single "Chandelier" with a music video featuring Maddie Ziegler

Dancer, Actress and Model Maddie Ziegler
Dancer, Actress and Model
Maddie Ziegler

Film release premierFilm Release

2017 Live-action remake "Beauty and the Beast" directed by Bill Condon and starring Emma Watson opens

Actress Emma Watson
Emma Watson
  • 2019 Facebook removes 1.5 million videos of the Christchurch mosque shootings in first 24 hrs after the attack, although only 1.2 million blocked at upload

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1789 Edmund Kean, British Shakespearean tragic actor (Shylock), born in London, England (d. 1833)
  • 1888 Frank Buck, American actor (Africa Screams, Tiger Queen, Tiger Fangs), born in Gainesville, Texas (d. 1950)
  • 1906 Michael O'Shea, American actor (It's a Great Life, Lady of Burlesque), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1973)
  • 1906 Tamara Geva, Russian-born dancer and actress, born in St. Petersburg (d. 1997)
  • 1925 Gabriele Ferzetti, Italian film and stage actor
  • 1927 Patrick Allen, British actor (Roman Holiday, Dial "M" for Murder), born in Nyasaland, Africa (d. 2006)
  • 1928 Eunice Gayson, British actress and 1st Bond Girl (Sylvia Trench- "Dr. No" and "From Russia With Love"), born in London (d. 2018) [1]
  • 1935 Adam Wade, American singer & actor (The Writing On The Wall), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1937 Adam Wade, actor (Kiss Me Goodbye, Crazy Joe)
  • 1942 Dimitris Poulikakos, Greek composer, singer and actor
  • 1943 Don Mitchell, actor (Mark-Ironside), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2013)
  • 1944 Patti Boyd, English model, photographer and author who married both George Harrison and Eric Clapton, born in Taunton, England
  • 1949 Patrick Duffy, actor (Bobby-Dallas, Man from Atlantis), born in Townsend, Montana

Person of interestKurt Russell

1951 Kurt Russell, actor (Thing, Overboard, Mean Seasons), born in Springfield, Massachusetts

  • 1954 Lesley-Anne Down, British actress and singer (A Little Night Music; Moonraker), born in London, England
  • 1955 Bill Beyers, actor (Wally McCandless-Capitol)
  • 1955 Gary Sinise, American actor (Apollo 13, CSI: NY, Forrest Gump), born in Blue Island Illinois
  • 1956 Rory McGrath, British comedian, television personality, and writer (Who Dares Wins, They Think It's All Over), born in Redruth, Cornwall
  • 1958 Pat Bolland, Canadian Broadcaster
  • 1959 Christian Clemenson, American actor (Boston Leagal; CSI:Miami), born in Humboldt, Iowa
  • 1960 Vicki Lewis, actress (Beth-Newsradio), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1960 Arye Gross, American actor
  • 1961 Casey Siemaszko, American actor (Biloxi Blues, 3 O'Clock High), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1961 Andrew Paul, English actor
  • 1961 Dana Reeve, American actress, wife of Christopher Reeve and activist (Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation), born in Teaneck, New Jersey (d. 2006)
  • 1962 Clare Grogan, Scottish new wave singer (Altered Images - "Happy Birthday"), and actress (Gregory's Girl; Eastenders), born in Glasgow
  • 1963 Rebeca Arthur, actress (Mary Anne-Perf Strangers, Opposites Attract)
  • 1963 Alex Fong Chung-Sun, Chinese actor
  • 1964 Rob Lowe, actor (St Elmo's Fire, Hotel NH, Class), born in Charlottesville, Virginia
  • 1966 Jeremy Sheffield, English actor
  • 1973 Amelia Weatherly, actress (Stephanie Brewster-Loving/The City)
  • 1974 Marisa Coughlan, American actress
  • 1975 Test [Andrew Martin], Canadian professional wrestler (WWF/WWE), born in Whitby, Ontario (d. 2009)
  • 1975 Natalie Zea, American actress
  • 1976 Brittany Daniel, American actress
  • 1976 Cynthia Daniel, American actress and photographer
  • 1978 Adam Jennings, British actor, producer and film director
  • 1979 Nicole "Coco" Austin, American glamor model
  • 1979 Samoa Joe, Samoan professional wrestler
  • 1979 Stormy Daniels [Stephanie Clifford], American pornographic actress, claims had affair with Donald Trump, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1986 Olesya Rulin, American actress

Person of interestJohn Boyega

1992 John Boyega [Adedayo B. Adegboyega], English actor (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), born in London

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

1944 Actor Charlton Heston weds Lydia Clarke

  • 1955 Erotic writer Anaïs Nin marries actor Rupert Pole at Quartzsite, Arizona, while still married to her first husband

LoveWedding of Interest

1961 Actor Christopher Lee (38) weds actress Gitte Lee (25)

LoveWedding of Interest

1966 The Who drummer Keith Moon (19) weds model Kim Kerrigan (18) at Brent Registry Office

Rocker Keith Moon
Keith Moon

LoveWedding of Interest

1979 Actor Kurt Russell (28) weds actress Season Hubley (28)

Divorces in Film & TV

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2008 Musician Paul McCartney (65) divorces former model and anti-landmines campaigner Heather Mills (40) on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
Activist and Media Personality Heather Mills
Activist and Media Personality
Heather Mills

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1933 Ferdinand Von Alten, German-Russian actor (Champagne), dies at 48
  • 1941 Marguerite Nichols, American actress (b. 1895)
  • 1949 Felix Bressart, German actor (Ninotchka, Escape, Crossroads), dies from Leukemia at 57
  • 1956 Fred Allen, comedian (Fred Allen Radio Show), dies at 61
  • 1962 Frank Orth, American actor (Boston Blackie, Brothers), dies at 82
  • 1965 Quentin Reynolds, American newscaster (Its News to Me) and author (FBI), dies at 62
  • 1967 Richard Reeves, American actor (Suerman, Date With an Angel), dies from cirrhosis of the liver at 54
  • 1973 Geertruida Magdelena Wilhelmina Bakker, Dutch actress (2 Orphans), dies at 81
  • 1982 Koos Koster, Dutch newscaster (IKON), murdered in El Salvador
  • 1986 Hal Buckley, actor (John Quincy-OK Crackerby), dies at 49
  • 1989 Merritt Butrick, American actor (Shy People, Square Pegs), dies of AIDS at 29
  • 1990 Capucine [Germaine Lefebvre], French actress and fashion model (Pink Panther, What's New Pussycat?), commits suicide at 62
  • 1992 Charles Rea, British actor (Ipcress File), dies at 69
  • 1992 Grace Stafford Lantz, cartoon voice (Woody Woodpecker), dies at 87
  • 1992 Jack Arnold, actor/dir (Sid Caeser Special, Emmy 1967), dies at 75

Person of interestHelen Hayes

1993 Helen Hayes, American actress (Airport, Caesar & Cleopatra), dies of congestive heart failure at 92

Actress Helen Hayes
Helen Hayes
  • 1993 Skip Young, actor (Smokey & Hotwire Gang), dies at 62
  • 1994 Harold Myers, film journalist, dies at 81
  • 1994 Mai Zetterling, Swedish actress and film director (Witches, Offbeat, Jet Storm), dies of cancer at 68
  • 1995 Donald Baverstock, television Producer, dies at 71
  • 1995 Rick Aviles, US comic/actor (Ghost), dies of AIDS
  • 1996 Rene Clement, film director, dies at 83
  • 1999 Ernest Gold, Austrian-born American film composer (Exodus), dies at 77
  • 1999 Rod Hull, British comedian (Emu), dies after falling off a roof at 63
  • 2002 Rosetta LeNoire, American actress (Family Matters, The Brother from Another Planet), dies from diabetes at 90
  • 2004 J. J. Jackson, American television personality (b. 1941)
  • 2004 Michael Mellinger, German actor (Goldfinger, The Bourne Identity), dies at 74
  • 2006 Bob Papenbrook, American voice actor, dies at 50
  • 2009 Clodovil Hernandes, Brazilian politician and TV host (b. 1937)
  • 2011 Michael Gough, English actor (Hammer Horror Films, Search for the Nile), dies at 94
  • 2014 Gene Feist, American actor, playwright, producer and co-founder of Roundabout Theater Company, dies at 91
  • 2020 Lyle Waggoner, American actor (The Carol Burnett Show; Wonder Woman), dies from cancer at 84