On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for May 3

Events in Film & TV


Film release premierFilm Premier

1944 "Going My Way", directed by Leo McCarey and starring Bing Crosby premieres in New York (Academy Award for Best Picture, 1945)

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • 1948 1st broadcast of "CBS Evening News" - longest running network news show in the US
  • 1953 WTVO TV channel 17 in Rockford, IL (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 KTEN TV channel 10 in Ada-Ardmore, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 WHA TV channel 21 in Madison, WI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1965 KTCI TV channel 17 in St. Paul-Minneapolis, MN (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1966 WDHO (now WNWO) TV channel 24 in Toledo, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1982 ABC's All Talk network begins on radio (2 west coast stations)
  • 1991 356th & final episode of CBS second longest running series TV show "Dallas", (2nd only to "Gunsmoke")

Film release premierFilm Premier

2002 "Spider-Man", starring Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin, premieres

  • 2012 59th National Film Awards (India): "Deool" wins the Golden Lotus
  • 2013 60th National Film Awards (India): "Paan Singh Tomar" wins the Golden Lotus
  • 2014 61st National Film Awards (India): "Ship of Theseus" wins the Golden Lotus
  • 2015 62nd National Film Awards (India): "Court" wins the Golden Lotus

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences members vote to expel Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Actor/Comedian
Bill Cosby
Film Director Roman Polanski
Film Director
Roman Polanski

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Bollywood actors both posthumously recognized at India's National Film Awards; Sridevi Kapoor Best Actress for "Mum" and Vinod Khanna receives Dadasaheb Phalke award.

Actress and Film Producer Sridevi Kapoor
Actress and Film Producer
Sridevi Kapoor

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1889 Beulah Bondi, American actress (It's a Wonderful Life), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1981)
  • 1893 Hope Landin, American actress (I Remember Mama, Sugarfoot), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1973)
  • 1899 Aline MacMahon, American actress (Backdoor to Heaven), born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)
  • 1901 Gino Cervi, Italian actor (Les Miserables, Naked Maja), born in Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy (d. 1974)
  • 1902 Jack La Rue, American actor and TV narrator (Lights Out, Mouthpiece, My Favorite Brunette), born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)
  • 1902 Seton I. Miller, Hollywood screenwriter (Pete's Dragon, Istanbul), born in Chehalis, Washington (d. 1974)
  • 1902 Walter Slezak, Austrian actor (Bedtime for Bonzo, Inspector General), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1983)

Person of interestBing Crosby

1903 (Harry Lillis) "Bing" Crosby, American Grammy and Academy Award-winning singer ("White Christmas"; with David Bowie - "Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy" ), and actor (Going My Way; High Society; Road To...(with Bob Hope)), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 1977)

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • 1904 John Breeden, American actor (Salute, Madame Racketeer, Joy Street), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1977)

Person of interestMary Astor

1906 Mary Astor, American actress (Maltese Falcon, Dinky), born in Quincy, Illinois (d. 1987)

Actress Mary Astor
Actress
Mary Astor
  • 1910 Norman Corwin, American screenwriter for radio drama, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2011)
  • 1915 Stu Hart, Canadian professional wrestler and trainer, born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada (d. 2003)
  • 1917 George Gaynes, Dutch-Finnish-American singer, stage and screen actor (Tootsie; Police Academy; General Hospital), born in Helsinki, Grand Duchy of Finland, Russian Empire (d. 2016)
  • 1920 Nina Bara [Frances Bauer], Argentinian actress (Missile to the Moon, Space Patrol), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1990)
  • 1921 Joe Ames, American singer and actor (The Ames Brothers Show), born in Malden, Massachusetts (d. 2007)
  • 1924 Mary Carver [Carvellas], American actress (Simon & Simon; Star Trek: Enterprise), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2013)
  • 1928 Jeanne Bal, American actress (Pat-Love & Marriage, Star Trek- The Man Trap), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 1996)
  • 1932 Robert Osborne, American film historian (Turner Classic Movies), born in Colfax, Washington (d. 2017)
  • 1933 Alex Cord [Alexander Viespi], American actor (Brotherhood, Fire, Street Asylum), born in NYC, New York
  • 1935 Ron Popeil, American inventor and TV personality, born in NYC, New York
  • 1942 Lynn Farleigh, English actress (Lovers of Their Time), born in Bristol, England
  • 1946 Greg Gumbel, American sportscaster (CBS TV, WFAN), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1948 Chris Mulkey, American actor (Cloverfield), born in Viroqua, Wisconsin
  • 1949 Ken Hom, Chinese-American chef, author and BBC TV presenter (OBE for "services to culinary arts" 2009), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1952 Caitlin Clarke, American actress (Dragonslayer), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2004)
  • 1958 Kevin Kilner, American actor (Earth:Final Conflict), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1958 Sandi Toksvig, Danish-British comedian and radio presenter (The Great British Baking Show), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1959 Ben Elton, English actor and comedian (Blackadder Back & Forth, Friday Night Live), born in Fitzrovia, London
  • 1960 Amy Steel, American actress (April Fool's Day), born in Pennsylvania
  • 1963 Jamie Reeves, British coal miner, strongman and professional wrestler (1989 World's Strongest Man), born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
  • 1965 Rob Brydon, Welsh comedian and actor (Marion & Geoff), born in Baglan, Glamorgan, Wales
  • 1965 Nina Garcia, Colombian-American fashion expert and television personality (Project Runway), born in Barranquilla, Colombia
  • 1966 Peter Abbay, American actor (Another World), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1966 Firdous Bamji, Indian-American actor (The War Within), born in Bombay, India
  • 1968 Debora Caprioglio, Italian actress (Big Game Hunter), born in Mestre, Italy
  • 1975 Eva Santolaria, Spanish actress (7 Vidas), born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1975 Dulé Hill, American actor (The West Wing), born in Orange, New Jersey
  • 1975 Christina Hendricks, American actress (Mad Men), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1979 Monsta Mack [Steven Carrasquillo], American professional wrestler, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1979 Genevieve Nnaji, Nigerian actress and director (Lionheart), born in Mbaise, Imo State, Nigeria
  • 1984 Nam Sang-mi, South Korean actress and model, born in Yeongju, South Korea
  • 1985 Greg Raposo, American singer and actor, born in New York
  • 1986 Poppy Delevingne, British model and actress (Kingsman: The Golden Circle), born in London, England

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1986 Actress-singer Annette Funicello (43) weds harness racing horse breeder and trainer Glen Holt

LoveWedding of Interest

1991 American singer Andy Williams weds 2nd wife Debbie Hass

Singer and TV Host Andy Williams
Singer and TV Host
Andy Williams

LoveWedding of Interest

1992 Beverly Hills 90210 actress Gabrielle Carteris marries Charles Isaacs

  • 1997 "Port Charles" soap opera actor Jon Lindstrom (39) weds "The Young and The Restless" actress Eileen Davidson (38) in Cambria, California

LoveWedding of Interest

1997 Actor The Rock [Dwayne Johnson] (25) weds producer Dany Garcia (28)

Actor and Professional Wrestler Dwayne Johnson
Actor and Professional Wrestler
Dwayne Johnson

LoveWedding of Interest

2003 "Friends" actor Matt LeBlanc (35) weds former model Melissa McKnight (38) at a private estate overlooking Anini Beach in Kilauea, Hawaii


Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1964 Diana Wynyard, British stage and film actress (Cavalcade), dies of renal disease at 58
  • 1969 Karl Freund, German cinematographer and film director (Dracula, I love Lucy, The Mummy), dies at 79
  • 1972 Bruce Cabot, actor (Diamonds are Forever), dies at 68
  • 1976 David Bruce [Marden Andrew McBroom], American actor (The Mad Ghoul, Flying Tigers), dies from a heart attack at 60
  • 1979 Erin O'Brien-Moore, actress (Nurse Choate-Peyton Place), dies at 76
  • 1983 Vaughn Taylor, American actor (Jailhouse Rock, Johnny Jupiter), dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 72
  • 1986 Robert Alda, American actor (Supertrain, By Popular Demand), dies at 72
  • 1987 Dalida [Yolande Christina Gigliotti], French-Italian actress (The Sixth Day), singer (Bambino), and Miss Egypt 1954, commits suicide at 54
  • 1989 Muriel Ostriche, American silent film actress dies at 92
  • 1991 Margaret Tallichet, American actress (Stranger on the 3rd Floor), dies at 77

Person of interestGeorge Murphy

1992 George Murphy, American politician (US Senator, California), actor and dancer (MGM Parade), dies of leukemia at 89

Actor and US Senator George Murphy
Actor and US Senator
George Murphy
  • 1995 Michael Horden, actor (Fool, Green Man, Scoop), dies at 83
  • 1996 Jack Weston [Weinstein], American actor (Dirty Dancing, The Four Seasons, Rad), dies of lymphoma at 71
  • 2003 Suzy Parker, American model and actress (Chamber of Horrors), dies at 70
  • 2004 Anthony Ainley, British actor (Doctor Who), dies at 71
  • 2007 Knock Yokoyama, Japanese comedian and politician (b. 1932)
  • 2011 Thanasis Veggos, Greek actor (b. 1927)
  • 2011 Jackie Cooper, American actor and director (Skippy, Superman), dies at 88
  • 2017 Daliah Lavi [Levinbuck], Israeli actress (Casino Royale, Lord Jim), dies at 74
  • 2017 Lukas Ammann, Swiss actor (Graf Yoster, Day of Anger, Class Reunion, Palace Hotel), dies of complications from surgery at 104