On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for March 8

Events in Film & TV

  • 1949 WAGA TV channel 5 in Atlanta, GA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 KSWO TV channel 7 in Lawton, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 WFMJ TV channel 21 in Youngstown, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1959 KUAT TV channel 6 in Tucson, AZ (PBS) begins broadcasting

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1962 Beatles, with Pete Best, TV debut (perform "Dream Baby" on BBC)

Original Drummer of the Beatles Pete Best
Original Drummer of the Beatles
Pete Best
  • 1970 WTCI TV channel 45 in Chattanooga, TN (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1980 6th People's Choice Awards: Burt Reynolds & Jane Fonda win (Motion Picture) and Alan Alda & Carol Burnett win (TV)

Actress Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
Actor Burt Reynolds
Burt Reynolds
Actor, Director and Comedian Alan Alda
Actor, Director and Comedian
Alan Alda
  • 1987 "A Team" last aired on NBC-TV after 4 years

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1993 Katharine Hepburn released from the hospital after exhaustion

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1994 20th People's Choice Awards: Tom Cruise & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Tim Allen & Roseanne Arnold win (TV)

Actress Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts
Comedienne and Actress Roseanne Barr
Comedienne and Actress
Roseanne Barr
Actor Tim Allen
Tim Allen

Film release premierFilm Release

1996 "Fargo" directed and written by Joel and Ethan Coen, starring Frances McDormand, William H. Macy and Steve Buscemi released in the US

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1998 The Screen Actors Guild award Gloria Stuart (Old Rose in "Titanic") with their Founders Award

Actress Gloria Stuart
Gloria Stuart
  • 2003 34th NAACP Image Awards: "Antwone Fisher" wins Outstanding Motion Picture

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2016 Turner Classic Movies show several of Claire Trevor’s films to honor the 106th anniversary of her birth

Actress Claire Trevor
Claire Trevor

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1902 Louise Beavers, American actress (Beulah-Beulah), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1962)
  • 1907 Charles Boost, Dutch film critic, born in Breda, Netherlands (d. 1990)

Person of interestClaire Trevor

1910 Claire Trevor [Wemlinger], American actress (Marjorie Morningstar), born in NYC, New York (d. 2000)

Actress Claire Trevor
Claire Trevor
  • 1915 Tapio Rautavaara, Finnish athlete, actor, and singer (Me tulemme taas, Rion yö), born in Pirkkala, Finland (d. 1979)
  • 1920 Eileen Herlie [Herlihy], Scottish-American actress (All My Children, The Angel with the Trumpet), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2008)
  • 1920 Eva Dahlbeck, Swedish actress (Brink of Life, Dreams, A Lesson in Love), born in Saltsjö-Duvnäs, Stockholms län, Sweden (d. 2008)
  • 1921 Alan Hale, Jr., American actor (Skipper-Gilligan's Island), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1990)
  • 1922 Cyd Charisse [Tula Finklea], American dancer and actress (Singin' in the Rain), born in Amarillo, Texas (d. 2008)
  • 1923 Sembene Ousmane, Senegalese author/novelist/director (Doctor Noir)
  • 1924 Sean McClory, Irish actor (The Californians, My Chauffeur), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 2003)
  • 1925 Francisco Rabal, Aguilas Spain, actor (Holy Innocents, Camorra)
  • 1934 Ron Taylor, Australian cinematographer (Those Amazing Animals), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 2012)
  • 1936 Sue Ane Langdon, actress (Bachelor Father, Arnie), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • 1939 Jim Bouton, American baseball pitcher, author and broadcaster (NY Yankees, MLB All Star 1968, "Ball Four"), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2019)
  • 1940 Susan Clark, actress (Night Moves, Webster), born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • 1941 Andrei Mironov, Soviet actor (d. 1987)
  • 1943 Lynn Redgrave, British-American actress (Gods and Monsters, Georgy Girl), born in London, England (d. 2010)
  • 1944 Palito Ortega, Argentine singer and actor
  • 1945 Micky Dolenz, American singer (The Monkees - "I'm A Believer"), and actor (Circus Boy), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1953 Kathleen Ann Shower [Kathy Shower], American model and Playboy playmate (May 1985, Playmate of the Year 1986), born in Brookville, Ohio
  • 1954 Cheryl Baker, British rock vocalist (Bucks Fizz - "My Camera Never Lies"), and TV presenter, born in Bethnal Green, London, ENgland
  • 1956 John Kapelos, Canadian actor
  • 1957 Cynthia Rothrock, actress (Lady Dragon, Honor & Glory), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1959 Aidan Quinn, American actor (Desperately Seeking Susan, Elementary), born in Rockford, Illinois
  • 1959 Lester Holt, American journalist and news anchor (NBC Nightly News, 2015-present), born in Hamilton Air Force Base, California
  • 1961 Camryn Manheim, American actress (The Practice), born in Caldwell, New Jersey
  • 1969 Andrea Parker, actress (Miss Parker-The Pretender)
  • 1973 Boris Kodjoe, Austrian model
  • 1975 Fardeen Khan, Indian actor
  • 1976 Freddie Prinze Jr, actor (I Know What You Did Last Summer)

Person of interestJames Van Der Beek

1977 James Van Der Beek, American actor (Dawson's Creek), born in Cheshire, Connecticut

  • 1978 Nick Zano, American actor
  • 1985 Ewa Sonnet, Polish model and pop singer
  • 1989 Ming Xi, Chinese model, born in Shanghai, China
  • 1991 Devon Werkheiser, American actor
  • 1992 Charlie Ray, American actress
  • 1996 Lorna Fitzgerald, English actress

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1935 Ruan Lingyu [Fenggen], Chinese silent film actress (The Goddess), commits suicide at 24
  • 1958 Josephina "Frieda" Herberich, German actress (Salontiroler), dies at 85
  • 1965 Esther Howard, actress (Detour), dies of heart attack at 72
  • 1967 John F Bothwell, actor (Freckles-Our Gang), dies at 46
  • 1971 Harold Lloyd sr, American silent film actor, comedian, and director (Why Worry, Safety Last!), dies of cancer at 77
  • 1977 Henry Hull, American actor (Werewolf of London, Boys Town), dies at 86
  • 1985 Edward Andrews, American actor (Tea & Sympathy, Glass Bottom Boat), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • 1993 Joop Scheltens, TV host/director (Explore Your Place), dies at 69
  • 1993 Wells Root, American screenwriter (Prisoner of Zenda), dies at 92
  • 1996 Paul Harrhy, actor and opera singer (Intelligence Park), dies at 38
  • 1999 Mary Margaret "Peggy" Cass, American actress, comedian, game show panelist and announcer (To Tell The Truth), dies at 74
  • 2001 Edward Winter, American actor (b. 1937)
  • 2003 Adam Faith, English singer and actor (b. 1940)
  • 2003 Karen Morley, American actress (b. 1909)
  • 2004 Robert Pastorelli, American actor (b. 1954)
  • 2007 John Inman, English actor (Mr. Humphries-Are You Being Served?), dies at 71
  • 2007 Viky Vanita, Greek actress (b. 1948)
  • 2008 Carol Barnes, former ITV news presenter (b. 1944)
  • 2009 Ali Bongo [William Oliver Wallace], British comedy musician and magician (President of The Magic Circle - Shriek of Araby), dies at 79

Person of interestMax Von Sydow

2020 Max Von Sydow, Swedish actor (The Seventh Seal, Exorcist, Game of Thrones), dies at 90

  • 2021 Trevor Peacock, British stage and screen actor (The Vicar of Dibley - "Jim Trott"), screenwriter, and songwriter ("Mrs. Brown, You've Got A Lovely Daughter"), dies at 89