On This Day in Film & TV for May 16

Events in Film & TV


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1929 1st Academy Awards: "Wings", Emil Jannings & Janet Gaynor win

  • 1941 Nazis forbid Dutch Organization of Actors (NOT)
  • 1946 Musical "Annie Get Your Gun" starring Ethel Merman premieres in NYC
  • 1948 CBS news correspondent George Polk's body is found in Greece
  • 1954 WGAN (now WGME) TV channel 13 in Portland, ME (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1959 WTOM TV channel 4 in Cheboygan, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1961 13th Emmy Awards: Jack Benny Show, Raymond Burr & Barbara Stanwyck win
  • 1965 WNJU TV channel 47 in NY-Linden, NY (TEL) begins broadcasting
  • 1965 18th Cannes Film Festival: "The Knack...and How to Get It" directed by Richard Lester wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

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1969 Barbra Streisand appears at a Friars Club Tribute

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand

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1970 Grover Henson Feels Forgotten by Bill Cosby hits #70

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
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Bill Cosby
  • 1970 23rd Cannes Film Festival: "M*A*S*H" directed by Robert Altman wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • 1973 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Dave Soutar
  • 1977 TV drama “Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn”, starring Leigh McCloskey, follow up to "Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway" premieres on US network NBC, focusing on what happened to him after Dawn left L.A. to return to her hometown

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1981 "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes hits #1 for next 9 weeks

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis

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1986 "Top Gun", directed by Tony Scott and starring Tom Cruise premieres

Actor Tom Cruise
Actor
Tom Cruise

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1987 Weird Al Yankovic performs live at 72nd National Orange Show

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • 1992 "Smells Like Nirvana" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #35
  • 1997 Brandi Sherwood (Idaho) replaces Brook Lee (Miss Univ) as Miss USA
  • 1997 Brook Mehealani Lee, 26, of US crowned 46th Miss Universe
  • 2001 "Mulholland Drive", directed by David Lynch, starring Justin Theroux and Naomi Watts, premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

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2002 Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, directed by George Lucas, starring Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman opens in cinemas


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1878 Taylor Holmes, American actor (Sleeping Beauty, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1959)
  • 1880 Julian Tannen, NY, comedian (Great Moment)
  • 1887 Bull Montana [Luigi Montagna], Italian actor (Brass Buttons, Victory, The Son of the Sheik), born in Voghera, Lombardy, Italy (d. 1950)
  • 1902 Jan Kiepura, Polish vocalist and actor (Her Wonderful Lie, Give Us this Night), born in Sosnowiec, Poland (d. 1966)

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1905 Henry Fonda, American actor (Mr Roberts, On Golden Pond), born in Grand Island, Nebraska (d. 1982)

  • 1911 Margaret Sullavan, Norfolk, Virginia, American actress (Three Comrades, The Shop Around the Corner)
  • 1916 Adriana Caselotti, voice of Snow White in Disney's animated film, born in Bridgeport, Connecticut (d. 1997)
  • 1916 Bernard Braden, broadcaster/actor (All Night Lone, Full Treatment)
  • 1917 George Gaynes, actor (Tootsie, Police Academy), born in Helsinki Finland (d. 2016)

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1919 Liberace [Wladziu Valentino], American pianist (Liberace Show, Evil Chandell-Batman), born in West Allis, Wisconsin (d. 1987)

Pianist Liberace
Pianist
Liberace
  • 1920 Martine Carol, [Maryse Mopurer], Saint-Mande France, actress (Nana)
  • 1921 Harry Carey Jr, American actor (Back to the Future Part III, Gremlins), born in Saugus, California (d. 2012)
  • 1931 Jack Dodson, actor (Howard Sprage- "The Andy Griffith Show"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1931 Denise Filiatrault, French Canadian actress and director
  • 1936 Roy Hudd, English comedian (Blood Beast Terror, Vampire Beast Craves Blood)
  • 1937 Yvonne Craig, actress (Batgirl-Batman, Kissin Cousin), born in Taylorville Illinois (d. 2015)
  • 1944 Danny Trejo, American actor
  • 1947 Bill Smitrovich, actor (Crime Story, Miami Vice)
  • 1948 Katia Dandoulaki, Greek actress

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1953 Pierce Brosnan, Irish actor (Remington Steele, Golden Eye), born in Drogheda, Ireland

  • 1954 Janet Maw, actress (Sparrow, King John, Mayor of Casterbridge)
  • 1955 Debra Winger, American actress (Terms of Endearment, Officer & Gentleman), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1955 Hazel O'Connor, Coventry England, singer/actress (Breaking Glass)
  • 1959 Mare Winningham, actress (St Elmo's Fire, Turner & Hooch), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1960 Anne Parillaud, actress (Subway, Nikita, Innocent Blood), born in Paris, France
  • 1961 Nina Arvesen, actress (Cassandra-Young & Restless), born in White Plains, New York
  • 1961 Kevin McDonald, Canadian comedian and actor
  • 1961 Charles Wright, American professional wrestler known as "The Godfather"
  • 1963 Mercedes Echerer, Austrian actress and politician
  • 1965 Brent Jasmer, actor (Sly-Bold & Beautiful), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1966 Scott Reeves, actor (Ryan-Young & Restless), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1969 Tracey Gold, American actress (Carol-Growing Pains, Incredible Sunday), born in NYC, New York
  • 1969 David Boreanaz, American actor (Angel, Bones), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1972 Khary Payton, American actor
  • 1973 Jason Acuña "Wee-Man", American television personality
  • 1973 Tori Speling, American actress and reality TV star (90210), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1974 Adam Richman, American TV personality (Man v Food), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1978 Vincent Larusso, Livingston, NJ, actor (Adam-Mighty Ducks, D2, D3)
  • 1979 Evan Ferrante, actor (Owen-Swan's Crossing)
  • 1981 Jim Sturgess, English actor
  • 1982 Joo Ji Hoon, Korean actor and model
  • 1984 Mickie Knuckles, American female professional wrestler
  • 1985 Stanislav Ianevski, Bulgarian actor

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1986 Megan Fox, American actress (Transformers) and model, born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Actress Megan Fox
Actress
Megan Fox
  • 1998 Ariel Waller, Canadian child actress

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 2009 Actress Jennifer Freeman (23) weds NBA guard Earl Watson (29) in Beverly Hills, California
  • 2010 British comedian David Walliams (38) weds supermodel Lara Stone (26) at Claridge's Hotel in London
  • 2014 Supermodel and socialite Poppy Delevingne (28) weds James Cook in London
  • 2015 Glee singer/actress Heather Morris (28) weds high school sweetheart Taylor Hubbell at Old Canyon Ranch in Topanga, California

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 2008 "24" actor Kiefer Sutherland (37) divorces former model Elizabeth Kelly Winn (42) due to irreconcilable differences after nearly 8 years of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1959 Joe Cook, Stage comedian, dies at 69
  • 1984 Andy Kaufman, comedian (Latka-Taxi), dies of cancer at 35

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1985 Margaret Hamilton, American actress (The Wizard of Oz), dies at 82

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1990 Jim Henson, puppeteer (Sesame Street, Muppet Show), dies at 53

Muppeteer Jim Henson
Muppeteer
Jim Henson
  • 1990 Samuel "Sammy" Davis Jr, American singer/dancer/actor (Ocean's 11, Candy Man), dies of throat cancer at 64
  • 1991 Prudence Nesbitt, British actress/TV producer, dies
  • 1992 Marisa Mell, actress (Hostages), dies of cancer at 53
  • 1994 Alain Cuny, French actor (Lovers, Emanuelle, Camille Claudel), dies at 85
  • 1994 Phani Majumdar, film director, dies at 82
  • 1994 Vasek Simek, Czech/US actor (Green Card, Mistress), dies at 66
  • 1995 Lola Flores, Spanish singer, dancer and actress (Kuma Ching, Faraona), dies at 70
  • 2002 Big Dick Dudley, American professional wrestler (b. 1968)
  • 2011 Edward Hardwicke, English actor (b. 1932)
  • 2015 Prashant Bhargava, American filmmaker (Patang), dies of cardiac arrest at 42
  • 2016 Julia Meade, actress/TV hostess (Spotlight Playhouse), dies at 90