On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for March 18

Events in Film & TV

  • 1948 Philips begin experimental TV broadcasting
  • 1949 WGAL TV channel 8 in Lancaster, PA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 KGNC (now KAMR) TV channel 4 in Amarillo, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1957 WTWV (now WTVA) TV channel 9 in Tupelo-Columbus, MS (NBC) begins
  • 1963 WGSF TV channel 31 in Newark, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 WVER TV channel 28 in Rutland, VT (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 WVTA TV channel 41 in Windsor, VT (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1970 KAEC TV channel 19 in Lufkin, Texas (ABC) suspends broadcasting
  • 1985 Capital Cities Communications Inc acquires ABC for $3.5 billion, first transfer of ownership of a TV network

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 American pop singer Donna Summer gets a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame

Singer Donna Summer
Donna Summer

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 Zsa Zsa Gabor files for bankruptcy

Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor
Zsa Zsa Gabor

Film release premierFilm Premier

2005 "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody" premieres on the Disney Channel, starring Dylan and Cole Sprouse

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2021 US President Joe Biden agrees Russian President Vladimir Putin is a "killer" in ABC News interview. Putin responds "It takes one to know one" a day later.

46th US President, Vice President and Senator Joe Biden
46th US President, Vice President and Senator
Joe Biden
Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1886 Edward Everett Horton, American actor and narrator (Bulwinkle Show), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1970)
  • 1887 Frank Moran, American heavyweight boxer and film actor, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1967)

Person of interestRobert Donat

1905 Robert Donat, English actor (Goodbye Mr Chips, Citadel), born in Manchester, England (d. 1958)

  • 1907 Betty Compton [Violet Halling Compton], British actress (Too Many Millions), born in Isle of Wight, England (d. 1944)
  • 1913 Rene Clement, director/writer (Is Paris Burning), born in Bordeaux, France
  • 1916 Jody Gilbert, American actress (Willard, Shaggy, Blonde Dynamite), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 1979)
  • 1919 Christopher Challis, British cinematographer
  • 1926 Peter Graves [Aurness], American actor (Mission Impossible, Airplane!, Stalag 17), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2010)
  • 1927 John Kander, American musical theater and film composer, with Fred Ebb (Cabaret; Chicago; New York, New York; Funny Lady), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1938 Carl Gottlieb, American comedian and script writer (Ken Berry Wow Show, Jaws, The Jerk), born in NYC, New York
  • 1938 Shashi Kapoor [Balbir Raj Kapoor], prominent Indian Bollywood actor (Deewar, The Deceivers, Shalimar, Heat & Dust), born in Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India (d. 2017)
  • 1940 Mark Medoff, American playwright, director, actor and professor (Children of a Lesser God), born in Mount Carmel, Illinois (d. 2019)
  • 1943 Kevin Dobson, American actor (Kojak, Knots Landing, Shannon), born in Queens, New York (d. 2020)
  • 1943 Toula Grivas, Greek actress
  • 1945 Joy Fielding, Canadian novelist and actress, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1947 Patrick Chesnais, French actor
  • 1947 Patrick Barlow, English actor, comedian and playwright
  • 1950 Brad Dourif, WV, actor (Ragtime, Eyes of Laura Mars, Fatal Beauty)
  • 1951 (Patrick) "Paul" Barber, English stage and screen actor (The Full Monty; Only Fools and Horses - "Denzil"), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1956 "The Model" Rick Martel [Richard Vignault], wrestler (WWF/AWA)
  • 1959 Irene Cara [Escalera], American Grammy and Academy Award-winning singer-songwriter ("Fame"; Flashdance...What A Feeling"), and actress (Fame: D.C. Cab), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1960 Claudia Udy, actress (Out of Control, Nightforce), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1960 Richard Biggs, actor (Marcus-Days of Our Lives), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1960 James MacPherson, Scottish actor (Taggart, Sometimes), born in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland
  • 1962 Thomas Ian Griffith, American actor
  • 1962 Mike Rowe, American television personality
  • 1962 Etsushi Toyokawa, Japanese actor

Person of interestVanessa Williams

1963 Vanessa Williams, American singer, actress and 1st African American Miss America (1983), born in The Bronx, New York

Singer and Actress Vanessa Williams
Singer and Actress
Vanessa Williams
  • 1965 Yoriko Douguchi, Japanese actress
  • 1968 Shinichiro Miki, Japanese seiyu (voice actor)
  • 1970 Michael Rapaport, actor (Zak-Zebrahead)

Person of interestQueen Latifah

1970 Queen Latifah [Dana Owen], American rapper and actress (Living Single, Chicago), born in Newark, New Jersey

Singer, Rapper and Actress Queen Latifah
Singer, Rapper and Actress
Queen Latifah
  • 1972 Dane Cook, American comedian and actor
  • 1973 Luci Christian, American voice actress
  • 1975 Beverly Peele, American model (Mademoiselle, Elle), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1976 Michael Spillane, American wrestler, better known as Mike Quackenbush
  • 1976 Giovanna Antonelli, Brazilian actress
  • 1978 Khalilah Adams, American actress
  • 1979 Danneel Harris, American actress
  • 1980 Sophia Myles, English actress
  • 1981 Jang Nara, Korean singer and actress
  • 1984 Vonzell Solomon, American Idol Contestant
  • 1989 Lily Collins, British American actress (Mirror, Mirror), born in Guildford, England
  • 1996 Madeline Carroll, American actress

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

1993 Eddie Murphy marries Nicole Mitchell in NYC

  • 2006 Television star Adita Wahi weds director Ameet Sawant in New Delhi

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 2012 "Twilight" actor Peter Facinelli (38) divorces "Beverly Hills 90210" actress Jennie Garth (39) due to irreconcilable differences after 11 years of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1936 Egon Friedell, Austrian journalist, actor and writer (Kleine Portratgalerie, Der Partylowe), commits suicide to avoid arrest by the Gestapo at 58
  • 1944 Benjamin Delmonte, theater director and actor (Black Haired Whore), dies at 79
  • 1963 Wanda Hawley, American actress (b. 1895)
  • 1969 Barbara Bates, American actress (All About Eve, It's a Great Life), commits suicide at 43
  • 1973 Lauritz Melchior, Danish-American baritone tenor (National Symphony), dies at 82
  • 1974 David C Imboden, actor (King of Kings), dies at 87
  • 1978 Peggy Wood, actress (One Life to Live, Mama), dies at 86
  • 1980 "Grishata" Grigor Vachkov, Bulgarian actor (At Each Kilometer), dies at 47
  • 1982 George Lampe, Dutch painter and director (Free Academy), dies at 60
  • 1989 William Challee, actor (Desperate, Moonchild), dies
  • 1990 Robin Harris, American comedian and actor (House Party, Mo' Better Blues), dies of a heart attack at 36
  • 1991 Jack McCoy, Radio/TV personality, dies at 72
  • 1991 Vilma Banky, actress (Eagle, Son of Sheik, Rebel), dies at 93
  • 2006 Michael Attwell, British actor (b. 1943)
  • 2008 Anthony Minghella, English Oscar winning film director (The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley), dies at 54

Person of interestNatasha Richardson

2009 Natasha Richardson, English actress (Gothic, Handmaid's Tale), dies of a traumatic brain injury at 45

  • 2010 Fess Parker, American actor (Davy Crockett, Old Yeller), dies at 85
  • 2016 Joe Santos, American actor (Rockford files), dies at 84
  • 2016 Jan Nemec, Czech film director (Diamonds of the Night), dies at 79