On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for October 17

Events in Film & TV

InventionHistoric Invention

1888 Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie)

Inventor Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison

Film release premierFilm Release

1939 "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington", directed by Frank Capra and starring James Stewart and Jean Arthur, is released

Film Director Frank Capra
Film Director
Frank Capra
Actor James Stewart
James Stewart

Film release premierFilm Premier

1956 "Around the World in 80 Days", based on the book by Jules Verne, directed by Michael Anderson and starring David Nivon and Cantinflas, premieres in New York

Novelist Jules Verne
Jules Verne

Film PremierJailhouse Rock Premieres

1957 Jailhouse Rock starring Elvis Presley premieres in Memphis, Tennessee

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A publicity shot from the film showing Elvis Presley during the dance sequence in Jailhouse Rock
A publicity shot from the film showing Elvis Presley during the dance sequence in Jailhouse Rock
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  • 1965 WBMG TV channel 42 in Birmingham, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1967 Barbra Streisand stars on "Belle of 14th Street" special on CBS

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand

Film release premierFilm Release

1968 "Bullitt" directed by Peter Yates and starring Steve McQueen and Jacqueline Bisset is 1st released

  • 1988 Rockin Robin beats "Sensational" Sherri Martel for WWF woman's title

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 "Jackie Mason - Brand New" opens at Neil Simon NYC for 216 performances

Comedian Jackie Mason
Jackie Mason

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2005 "The Colbert Report" hosted by Stephen Colbert first airs on US TV

Comedian and TV Host Stephen Colbert
Comedian and TV Host
Stephen Colbert

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015 Amy Schumer's comedy special "Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo" premieres on HBO

Comedian Amy Schumer
Amy Schumer
  • 2018 Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch puppeteer Caroll Spinney leaves "Sesame Street" after 50 years

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

2018 The revived "The Connors" debuts on ABC TV starring Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf and John Goodman, without fired former star Roseanne Barr

Actor John Goodman
John Goodman
Comedienne and Actress Roseanne Barr
Comedienne and Actress
Roseanne Barr

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 Lana Del Rey's ballad "Video Games" named song of the decade at Q Awards in London

Singer-Songwriter and Model Lana Del Rey
Singer-Songwriter and Model
Lana Del Rey

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1884 Lewis Bennison, American actor (The Road Called Straight), born in Oakland, California (d. 1929)
  • 1885 Aaf Bouber [Aaf ten Hoope], Dutch actress (Bleeke Bet, Jantjes) and wife of Herman Bouber, born in Hoorn, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1974)
  • 1886 Spring Byington, American actress (December Bride), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado (d. 1971)
  • 1900 Jean Arthur, American actress (Shane, Mr Smith Goes to Washington), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1991)
  • 1902 Irene Ryan, American actress (Granny-Beverly Hillbillies), born in El Paso, Texas (d. 1973)
  • 1903 Jerry Colona, comedian (Jerry Colona Show), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1916 Robert Lowery, actor (Murder Over NY), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1917 Marsha Hunt, actress (Jennifer-Peck's Bad Girl, Jigsaw), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1918 Rita Hayworth [Margarita Cansino], American actress (Gilda, Cover Girl, The Lady from Shanghai), born in NYC, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1920 Montgomery Clift, American actor (From Here to Eternity, Judgement at Nuremberg), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1966)
  • 1920 Rudolf Hrusinský, Czech actor and director (Short Cut, Golden Eels), born in Nová Včelnice (d. 1994)
  • 1921 Tom Poston, American actor (Newhart, Mork & Mindy, Steve Allen Show, Newhart), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 2007)
  • 1922 Pierre Juneau, Canadian film and broadcast executive, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2012)
  • 1926 Beverly Garland [Fessenden], American actress (My Three Sons, Scarecrow and Mrs. King), born in Santa Cruz, California (d. 2008)
  • 1926 Julie Adams [Betty May Adams], American actress (Yancy Derringer, Code Red), born in Waterloo, Iowa
  • 1937 Paxton Whitehead, English actor (Back to School), born in East Malling, Kent
  • 1944 Carol Cole, West Medford Mass, actress (Ellie-Grady)
  • 1946 Bob Seagren, American pole vaulter/actor (Olympic gold 1968, "Soap"), born in Pomona California
  • 1946 Vicki Hodge, actress (Confessions of a Sex Maniac), born in London, England
  • 1947 Michael McKean, American actor (Laverne & Shirley, Saturday Night Live, Spinal Tap), born in NYC, New York
  • 1948 George Wendt, American actor (Norm in Cheers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1948 Margot Kidder, Canadian American actress (Lois Lane in Superman films, Amityville Horror), born in Yellowknife, Canada (d. 2018)
  • 1949 Bill Hudson, comedian (Bonkers, Hudson Brothers Show), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1950 Howard E Rollins Jr, actor (Bannister-Wildside, Another World), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1955 Sam Bottoms, actor (Prime Risk, Savages), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1957 Vincent Van Patten, Belrose NY, actor (Apple's Way, 3 for the Road)
  • 1957 Lawrence Bender, American film producer (Reservoir Dogs, Death Proof, Django Unchained, An Inconvenient Truth), born in The Bronx, New York City
  • 1959 Dolph Lundgren, actor (Rocky 4, Masters of Universe) [or Nov 3]
  • 1959 Richard Roeper, American columnist and film critic, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1959 Russell Gilbert, Australian comedian
  • 1960 Guy Henry, English actor
  • 1960 Kevin Clash, puppeteer (Elmo on Sesame Street), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1963 Norm MacDonald, Canadian comedian
  • 1964 David Cromer, American theatre director and actor (The Band's Visit)
  • 1965 Connie Ann Hearn, actress (New Kind of Family), born in Anchorage, Alaska
  • 1966 Mark Gatiss, English actor and writer
  • 1966 Tommy Kendall, American race car driver and television personality
  • 1969 Wood Harris, American actor
  • 1969 Rick Mercer, Canadian comedian
  • 1970 Shauna O'Brien, Pasco Wash, actress (Showgirls)
  • 1974 Matthew Macfadyen, British actor
  • 1977 Bryan Bertino, American film director and screenwriter
  • 1983 Daniel Booko, American actor
  • 1983 Felicity Jones, English actress (Rogue One), born in Birmingham
  • 1984 Chris Lowell, American actor
  • 1987 Bea Alonzo, Filipina actress
  • 1989 Phoebe Tonkin, Australian actress
  • 1992 Sam Concepcion, Filipino performer and actor

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

1945 Actress Ava Gardner (22) weds band leader Artie Shaw (35) in Hollywood

Actress Ava Gardner
Ava Gardner

LoveWedding of Interest

1968 Jazz trumpeter Quincy Jones Jr (35) weds actress Ulla Andersson (22)

Composer & Singer Quincy Jones Jr
Composer & Singer
Quincy Jones Jr

LoveWedding of Interest

1982 Actor Robert Goulet (48) weds artist/writer Vera Novak in Las Vegas, Nevada

Singer and Actor Robert Goulet
Singer and Actor
Robert Goulet
  • 2015 Actress Bridget Moynahan (44) weds businessman Andrew Frankel at Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack, New York

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1917 Maria J "Marie" Bakker, actress/wife of Maarten Stranger, dies at 59
  • 1921 Katherine Griffith [Kiernan], American actress (Pollyanna, Fast Company), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 45
  • 1956 Anne Crawford, British film actress (Knights of the Round Table), dies of leukaemia at 35
  • 1966 Soledad Jiménez, Spanish actress (Kid Galahad, The Phantom of the Range), dies at 92
  • 1970 Vola Vale, American actress (b. 1897)
  • 1979 John Stuart, Scottish actor (Kittie, Superman, Number Seventeen), dies at 81
  • 1979 S J Perelman, American author, humorist and screenwriter (The New Yorker, Around the World in 80 Days), dies at 75
  • 1987 Ruby Dandridge [Ruby Jean Butler], American actress (Father of the Bride), dies at 87
  • 1991 J. G. Devlin, Northern Irish actor (No Surrender), dies at 84
  • 1991 Tennessee Ernie Ford, American country music singer and actor (Sixteen Tons), dies of liver disease at 72
  • 1998 Joan Hickson, British actress (b. 1906)
  • 2000 Leo Nomellini, wrestler (b. 1924)
  • 2003 Janice Rule, American actress (Alvarez Kelly, Doctor's Wife), dies at 72
  • 2006 Daniel Emilfork, French actor (b. 1924)
  • 2006 Christopher Glenn, American newscaster (b. 1938)
  • 2012 Sylvia Maria Kristel, Dutch actress, dies from throat and liver cancer at 60
  • 2015 Danièle Delorme [Gabrielle Girard], French actress (Pardon My Affair), dies at 89
  • 2016 Eddie Applegate, American actor (Patty Duke Show), dies at 81