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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983 President Reagan 1st known use of term "Evil Empire" (about the USSR) in speech in Florida

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 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

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

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
Actress
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
Actress
Claire Trevor

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1902 Louise Beavers, American actress (Beulah-Beulah), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1962)
  • 1907 Charles Boost, movie critic

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Actress Claire Trevor
Actress
Claire Trevor
  • 1915 Tapio Rautavaara, Finnish athlete, actor, and singer (d. 1979)
  • 1920 Eileen Herlie, actress (Myrtle Fargate-All My Children), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1920 Eva Dahlbeck, Saltsjo-Duvnas Sweden, actress (Dreams, Lesson in Love)
  • 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, actor (Jack-Californians, My Chauffeur), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1925 Francisco Rabal, Aguilas Spain, actor (Holy Innocents, Camorra)
  • 1936 Sue Ane Langdon, actress (Bachelor Father, Arnie), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • 1940 Susan Clark, actress (Night Moves, Webster), born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • 1941 Andrei Mironov, Soviet actor (d. 1987)
  • 1943 Lynn Redgrave, British American actress (Gregory Girl), born in London, England (d. 2010)
  • 1944 Palito Ortega, Argentine singer and actor
  • 1945 Micky Dolenz, actor (Circus Boy)/singer (Monkees), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1953 Kathleen Ann Shower, Brookville Oh, Playmate of the Year (May, 1985)
  • 1956 John Kapelos, Canadian actor
  • 1957 Cynthia Rothrock, actress (Lady Dragon, Honor & Glory), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1959 Aidan Quinn, actor (Avalon, Desperately Seeking Susan, Mission)
  • 1961 Camryn Manheim, American actress (The Practice), born in Caldwell, New Jersey
  • 1963 Kathy Ireland, model/actress (Alien From LA, Side Out)
  • 1964 Peter [Ped] Gill, English drummer (Frankie Goes to Hollywood, born in Liverpool
  • 1969 Andrea Parker, actress (Miss Parker-The Pretender)
  • 1973 Nanette Pearson, Pleasant Grove Utah, Miss America-Utah (1997)
  • 1973 Boris Kodjoe, Austrian model
  • 1975 Fardeen Khan, Indian actor
  • 1976 Freddie Prinze Jr, actor (I Know What You Did Last Summer)

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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
  • 1991 Devon Werkheiser, American actor
  • 1992 Charlie Ray, American actress
  • 1996 Lorna Fitzgerald, English actress

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1952 Future US President Ronald Reagan (41) marries Nancy Davis (30) at the Little Brown Church in San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
US First Lady Nancy Reagan
US First Lady
Nancy Reagan

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1935 Ruan Lingyu [Fenggen], Chinese silent film actress (The Goddess), commits suicide at 24
  • 1958 Josephina OFF "Frieda" Herberich, 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, US comic/actor (Why Worry), dies of cancer at 77
  • 1974 Willem "Wim" Sonneveld, Dutch actor (Silk Stockings), dies at 56
  • 1977 Henry Hull, actor (Werewolf of London, Boys Town), dies at 86
  • 1985 Edward Andrews, actor (Broadside), dies at 70 of a heart attack
  • 1993 Joop Scheltens, TV host/director (Explore Your Place), dies at 69
  • 1993 Wells Root, US screenwriter (Prisoner of Zenda), dies at 92
  • 1996 Paul Lewis Harrhy, actor/opera singer (Intelligence Park), dies at 38
  • 1999 Peggy Cass, American actress and comedian (b. 1924)
  • 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 (b. 1935)
  • 2007 Viky Vanita, Greek actress (b. 1948)
  • 2008 Carol Barnes, former ITV news presenter (b. 1944)