On This Day in Film & TV for November 2

Events in Film & TV

  • 1936 At 3pm the BBC begins the world's first regular high-definition TV broadcast service from specially constructed studios at Alexandra Palace, North London
  • 1936 The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is established
  • 1948 WJZ TV channel 13 in Baltimore, MD (ABC) begins broadcasting

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1954 BBC radio comedy "Hancock's Half Hour" debuts starring Tony Hancock and Sid James, written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson

Comedian Tony Hancock
Tony Hancock
  • 1964 CBS purchases 80% of Yanks for $11,200,000, later buys remaining 20%
  • 1966 KHSD TV channel 11 in Lead, SD (ABC) begins broadcasting

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1973 "Barbra Streisand ...and Other Musical Instruments" airs on CBS TV

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

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1989 "Blackadder Goes Forth" final episode "Goodbyeee" airs starring Rowan Atkinson and Tony Robinson, written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton

Actor and Comedian Rowan Atkinson
Actor and Comedian
Rowan Atkinson

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1993 Actor Roger Moore (James Bond) has his enlarged prostate removed

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1777 Fortunat Alojzy Gonzaga Żółkowski, Polish actor, comedist, translator, editor of humour magazines, born near Nowogródek, Poland (d. 1822)
  • 1877 Claire McDowell, American actress (Big Parade), born in NYC, New York (d. 1966)
  • 1886 Philip Merivale, British actor (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Nothing But Trouble), born in Rehutia, Manickpur, India (d. 1946)
  • 1892 Alice Brady, American actress (My Man Godfrey, Gay Divorcee, Zenobia), born in NYC, New York (d. 1939)
  • 1897 Dennis King, English actor (Devil's Brother), born in Coventry, Warwickshire, England (d. 1971)
  • 1901 James Dunn, American actor (Tree Grows in Brooklyn, It's a Great Life), born in NYC, New York (d. 1967)
  • 1901 Paul Ford, American actor (Phil Silvers Show), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1976)
  • 1908 Reginald Beckwith, English actor (Genevieve, Doctor in Love), born in York, England (d. 1965)

Person of interestBurt Lancaster

1913 Burton "Burt" Lancaster, American actor (Spartacus, Apartment, From Here to Eternity, Elmer Gantry), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)

  • 1914 Ray Walston, American actor (My Favorite Martian, Damn Yankees), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2001)
  • 1915 Sidney Luft, American movie director, born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1919 Warren Stevens, American actor (Richard Boone Show), born in Clark's Summit, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1920 Lewis Charles [Cholost], American actor (Topaz, Feather & Father Gang), born in NYC, New York (d. 1979)
  • 1920 Ann Rutherford, Canadian actress (Gone with the Wind, Whistling in the Dark), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2012)
  • 1921 Shepard Menken, American voice and character actor (The Wild Wild West), born in NYC, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1929 Rachel Ames, American actress (Line Up, Audrey-Gen Hospital), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1936 Abdullah the Butcher [Lawrence Robert Shreve], Canadian wrestler, born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada
  • 1939 Richard Serra, American sculptor and video artist, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1940 Gigi Proletti, Italian actor, director and singer (Alleluja brava gente), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1942 Stefanie Powers, American actress (Girl From UNCLE, Hart to Hart), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1944 Patrice Chereau, French opera director and actor (Danton), born in Lézigné, Maine-et-Loire, France (d. 2013)
  • 1952 Kate Linder, actress (Esther Valentine--Young & Restless), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1959 Peter Mullan, Scottish actor and filmmaker (The Magdalene Sisters), born in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
  • 1960 Mardi Jacquet, playmate (October, 1980), born in Chateauroux, California
  • 1960 Robert Harold Lohr, PGA golfer (1988 Walt Disney), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1962 Donna Spangler, wrestler (Coal Miner's Daughter-GLOW), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1963 Susie Scott, playmate (May, 1983), born in San Diego, California
  • 1963 Craig Saavedra, American filmmaker (Starry Night Entertainment), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestShah Rukh Khan

1965 Shah Rukh Khan [Shahrukh Khan], Indian actor, producer and TV personality (My Name is Khan, Swades), born in New Delhi, India

  • 1966 Sean Kanan, American actor (General Hospital, Rich Girl), born in Cleveland, Ohio

Person of interestDavid Schwimmer

1966 David Schwimmer, American actor (Friends, Madagascar), born in Queens, New York

  • 1966 Tim Kirkman, American filmmaker, born in Monroe, North Carolina
  • 1966 Khaled Abol Naga, Egyptian actor and activist, born in Cairo
  • 1968 Brandi Brandt, playmate (October, 1987), born in Santa Clara, California
  • 1968 Helle Michaelsen, Danish model, actress and playmate (Aug, 1988), born in Aalborg, Denmark
  • 1968 Melissa Evridge, playmate (Aug, 1990), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1970 Sharmell Sullivan, American professional wrestling valet, born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1972 Jeni Stephens, Miss America-Tennessee (1997), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1972 Samantha Janus, British singer and actress (EastEnders), born in Brighton, Sussex, England
  • 1973 Marisol Nichols, American actress (Riverdale), born in Rogers Park, Illinois
  • 1974 Alex Tanaka, American actor (Saja-Swan's Crossing), born in Huntington, New York
  • 1975 Danny Cooksey, American actor (Sam-Diff'rent Strokes), born in Moore, Oklahoma
  • 1977 Jason Cerbone, American actor (The Sopranos), born in NYC, New York
  • 1977 Randy Harrison, American actor (Queer as Folk), born in Nashua, New Hampshire
  • 1979 Julie Lund, Danish actress (What Goes Around), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1980 Kim So-yeon, South Korean actress, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1982 Kyoko Fukada, Japanese actress, model and singer, born in Kita, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1984 Tamara Hope, Canadian actress (The Sandy Bottom Orchestra), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1984 Julia Stegner, German supermodel, born in Munich, Germany
  • 1986 Lara Sacher, Australian actress
  • 1988 Lindze Letherman, American actress (General Hospital), born in Fresno, California
  • 1989 Katelyn Tarver, American singer and actress (The Secret Life of the American Teenager), born in Glennville, Georgia

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 2009 "Sex and the City" actor Ron Livingston (41) weds actress Rosemarie DeWitt (34) in San Francisco

Divorces in Film & TV

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2006 Rocker Rod Stewart (58) divorces model Rachel Hunter (33) due to irreconcilable differences

Singer Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1952 Maire O'Neill, actress (Juno & the Paycock, Glamorous Night), dies
  • 1961 James Thurber, humorist (The Male Animal), dies at 66
  • 1971 Martha Vickers, American actress (Alimony, Man I Love, Ruthless), dies after long illness at 46
  • 1980 Edith Bunker, character on "All in the Family", dies
  • 1986 Paul Frees [Solomon Hersh Frees], American voice actor (voice of Boris Badenov in The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show), dies at 66
  • 1992 Hal Roach, silent film producer (Keystone Kops), dies of pneumonia at 100
  • 1994 Noah Beery Jr, American actor (Rockford Files, Quest, Doc Elliot, Gung Ho!, Heaven With a Gun), dies at 81
  • 1995 Gilbert "Gil" Lamb, American actor (Hit Parade of 1947, Riding High), dies at 91
  • 1998 Vincent Winter, British actor (b. 1957)
  • 2002 Tonio Selwart [Antonio Selmair-Selwart], German actor (Barefoot Contessa, Naked Maja), dies from natural causes at 106
  • 2004 Theo van Gogh, Dutch film director (Submission), dies at 47
  • 2007 Lillian Ellison, American professional wrestler (b. 1923)
  • 2007 Henry Cele, South African Actor; best known for his onscreen portrayal of the legendary Shaka Zulu
  • 2009 José Luis López Vázquez, Spanish actor, director and comedian (La Cabina, Travels With My Aunt), dies of natural causes at 87
  • 2011 Sickan Carlsson, Swedish actress and singer (b. 1915)
  • 2011 Sid Melton [Sidney Meltzer], American actor (Green Acres, The Danny Thomas Show), dies from pneumonia at 94
  • 2015 Colin Welland, British screenwriter (Chariots of Fire) and actor (Straw Dogs), dies at 81