On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for May 17

Events in Film & TV

  • 1938 Radio quiz show "Information Please!" debuts on NBC Blue Network
  • 1939 1st televised baseball game is broadcast on NBC, with Princeton defeating Columbia 2-1
  • 1957 10th Cannes Film Festival: "Friendly Persuasion" directed by William Wyler wins the Palme d'Or
  • 1963 Bruno Sammartino beats Buddy Rogers in NYC, to become WWWF champ
  • 1966 KFDO (now KVIJ) TV channel 8 in Sayre, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1970 Anonymous buyer purchases one of the pairs of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz" for $15,000 at MGM Studio auction, and donates them to the Smithsonian Institution
  • 1975 NBC pays $5M for rights to show "Gone With The Wind" one time
  • 1976 28th Emmy Awards: "The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Jack Albertson & Michael Learned win
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Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1923 Actress and singer Marlene Dietrich (21) weds assistant director Rudolf Sieber (26) in Berlin, Germany
  • 1997 Actor Sylvester Stallone weds actress Jennifer Flavin in London
  • 2008 Singer-songwriter and actress Ashlee Simpson (23) weds rock band Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz (28) in Encino, California

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Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1943 Montagu Love, actor (Wind), dies at 65
  • 1974 Charles Braswell, American actor (Only Game in Town), dies at 49
  • 1985 Hugh Burden, actor (Night of Laughing Dead), dies at 72
  • 1992 George Hurrell, Hollywood photographer, dies of cancer at 87
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