On This Day in Film & TV for May 31

Events in Film & TV

  • 1953 WSUN TV channel 38 in St Petersburg-Tampa, FL (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 1962 "Tell It To Groucho" last airs on CBS-TV
  • 1965 12th National Film Awards (India): "Charulata" wins the Golden Lotus
  • 1968 Movie star James Stewart retires from the US Air Force after 27 years of service, and is promoted to major general by President Reagan
  • 1970 KDUB TV channel 40 in Dubuque, IA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1971 WDXR (now WKPD) TV channel 29 in Paducah, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1990 Seinfeld starring Jerry Seinfeld, debuts on NBC as Seinfeld Chronicles

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld
Jerry Seinfeld

Film release premierFilm Release

2004 "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban", the 3rd film based on the books by J. K. Rowling is released in UK cinemas

Actor Rupert Grint
Rupert Grint
Novelist J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling
Actor and Comedian Robbie Coltrane
Actor and Comedian
Robbie Coltrane
  • 2014 Psy's "Gangnam Style" becomes the first video to reach 2 billion views on YouTube
  • 2015 5th Critics' Choice Television Awards: Silicon Valley wins Best Comedy Series, The Americans win Best Drama Series

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017 Comedienne Kathy Griffin fired from CNN after photo of her holding bloody head resembling Donald Trump by Tyler Shields posted

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1888 Jack Holt, American golddigger and actor (Cat People, San Francisco, Brimstone), born in NYC, New York (d. 1951)
  • 1889 Athene Seyler, British actress (Make Mine Mink), born in London, England (d. 1990)
  • 1894 Fred Allen, comedian (Fred Allen Radio Show), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1897 Margalo Gillmore, British actress (Skirts Ahoy, High Society), born in London, England (d. 1986)
  • 1902 Henk Schaer [Hendricus Schaareman], Dutch actor and conductor (Majoor Barbara, Lijmen), born in Delft, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1982)
  • 1905 Florence Desmond, English actress and comedian, born in Islington, London (d. 1993)
  • 1908 Don Ameche, actor (Cocoon, Trading Places), born in Kenosha, Wisconsin
  • 1908 Nils Poppe, Swedish actor (d. 2000)
  • 1912 Barbara Pepper, American actress (Doris Ziffel-Green Acres, Rogue Tavern), born in NYC, New York
  • 1912 Dave O'Brien, Big Springs TX, actor (Kiss Me Kate, 1st Aid)
  • 1916 John Vivyan, actor (Mr Lucky, Wrong Man, Imitation of Life)
  • 1916 Judy Campbell, actress (Convoy, Bonnie Prince Charlie)
  • 1921 Alida Valli, Pola Italy, actress (Miracle of the Bells, 3rd Man)
  • 1921 Howard Reig, American radio and television announcer
  • 1922 Denholm Elliott, actor (Alfie, Raiders of the Lost Ark), born in London, England (d. 1992)
  • 1929 Elaine Stewart, actress (Take the High Ground), born in Montclair, New Jersey

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1930 Clint Eastwood, American actor (Dirty Harry)/mayor (Carmel, California), born in San Francisco, California

Actor and Director Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director
Clint Eastwood
  • 1934 Jim Hutton, Binghamton NY, actor (Ellery Queen)
  • 1943 Sharon Gless, American actress (Chris Cagney-Cagney & Lacey), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1946 Rainer Werner Fassbinder, German filmmaker and director (Marriage of Maria Braum), born in Bad Worishofen, Bavaria, West Germany (d. 1982)
  • 1948 Lynda Bellingham, Canadian-born English actress (Sweeney, Scarlet Tunic), born in Montreal, Quebec, (d. 2014)
  • 1949 Steven Kampmann, actor (Kirk-Newhart), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1949 Tom Berenger, actor (Big Chill, Someone to Watch Over Me), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1950 Gregory Harrison, Catalina California, actor (Trapper John, Logan's Run)
  • 1953 Pirkka-Pekka Petelius, Finnish actor
  • 1956 Yoshiko Sakakibara, Chiba Japan, actress (Sailor Moon, Vampire Hunter)
  • 1958 Kyle Secor, actor (Tim Bayliss-Homicide), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1960 Chris Elliott, actor/comedian (Get a Life, David Letterman Show), born in New York City
  • 1961 Lea Thompson, actress (Back to the Future, Caroline In The City)
  • 1962 Sebastian Koch, German actor

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1965 Brooke Shields, American model/actress (Blue Lagoon, Suddenly Susan), born in NYC, New York

Supermodel & Actress Brooke Shields
Supermodel & Actress
Brooke Shields
  • 1966 Jeremy Hotz, Canadian stand-up comedian
  • 1967 Sandrine Bonnaire, Clermont France, actress (Vagabond, Police)
  • 1967 Phil Keoghan, New Zealand television personality
  • 1971 Sarah O'Hare, model (Cosmopolitan-Jan 1994)
  • 1972 Karl Geary, Irish actor

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1976 Colin Farrell, Irish actor (In Bruges, Minority Report), born in Dublin, Ireland

  • 1977 Eric Christian Olsen, American actor
  • 1977 Debbie King, English TV presenter
  • 1977 June Sarpong, British television presenter
  • 1982 Jonathan Tucker, American actor
  • 1983 Reggie Yates, English television presenter
  • 1984 Jason Smith, Australian actor
  • 1986 Melissa McIntyre, Canadian actress

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 2002 "NYPD Blue" actress Sharon Lawrence (30) weds doctor Thomas Apostle at Saint Sophia Cathedral in Los Angeles
  • 2008 "Law & Order" actress Alana De La Garza (31) weds writer Michael Roberts in Orlando, Orange County, Florida

Divorces in Film & TV

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1949 Actress Doris Day (27) divorces saxophonist George Weidler (23) after 3 years of marriage

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day
  • 2007 Actress Billie Piper and radio DJ Chris Evans divorce after 6 years of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1947 Adrienne Ames, actress (Black Sheep, 24 Hours), dies at 39
  • 1977 William Castle, American film director (b. 1914)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1983 Jack Dempsey, former heavyweight boxing champ/actor, dies at 86

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey
  • 1987 Dorothy Patrick, actress (Torch Song, New Orleans, High Wall), dies
  • 1989 Terry Drinkwater, CBS news correspondent, dies at 53 of cancer
  • 1993 John Granger, actor (Advise & Consent), dies at 69
  • 1994 Sidney Gilliat, British screenwriter/director, dies at 86
  • 1996 Colin Morris, playwright/documentary filmmaker, dies at 80
  • 2001 Arlene Francis, American television personality (d. 1907)
  • 2004 √Čtienne Roda-Gil, French songwriter and screenwriter (b. 1941)
  • 2010 Brian Duffy, British photographer and film producer (b. 1933)
  • 2010 Merata Mita, New Zealander filmmaker (b. 1942)
  • 2013 Jean Stapleton, American actress, dies at 90