On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for May 2

Events in Film & TV

  • 1932 Jack Benny's 1st radio show premieres (NBC Blue Network)
  • 1941 FCC approves regular scheduled commercial TV broadcasts to begin July 1
  • 1944 WABD (WNEW, now WNYW) TV channel 5 in NYC (DUM/MET/FOX) 1st broadcast
  • 1946 "The Postman Always Rings Twice" film based on the novel by James M. Cain, directed by Tay Garnett and starring Lana Turner and John Garfield is released
  • 1952 John Cage's "Water Music" (for a solo pianist, using a piano, a radio, whistles, water containers, and a deck of cards) premieres in New York City
  • 1955 WGBH TV channel 2 in Boston, MA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1957 Hammer Film Productions releases its 1st color horror title - "The Curse of Frankenstein" starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee
  • 1962 WMHT TV channel 17 in Schenectady-Alby-Tro, NY (PBS) 1st broadcast
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Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1946 "Rebecca" actress Joan Fontaine (28) weds producer and actor William Dozier (38); divorce in 1951
  • 1998 Actor-comedian Jim Belushi (43) weds Jennifer Sloan (30) at their home garden in Brentwood, Los Angeles
  • 2009 Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal (32) weds film and stage actor Peter Sarsgaard (38) in a small chapel in Brindisi, Italy

Divorces in Film & TV


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Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1973 Alan Carney [David Boughal], American actor (Zombies on Broadway, Take it from Me), dies at 61
  • 1980 George Pál, Hungarian-born film director (b. 1908)
  • 1982 Helmut Dantine, Austrian-American actor (Shadow of the Cloak), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • 1982 Hugh Marlowe [Hipple], American actor (All About Eve, Ellery Queen), dies from a heart attack at 71
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