On This Day in Film & TV for October 18

Events in Film & TV

  • 1922 British Broadcasting Company (BBC) founded, later called British Broadcasting Corporation
  • 1953 WLJT TV channel 11 in Lexington, TN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 WTVK TV channel 26 in Knoxville, TN (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 WBTW TV channel 13 in Florence, SC (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 WNBC radio changes call letters to WRCA (NYC)
  • 1961 Film adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical "West Side Story", directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, and starring Natalie Wood, debuts (Academy Award - Best Picture, 1962)
  • 1966 "Persona", Swedish film directed by Ingmar Bergman, starring Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullmann, is released
  • 1967 Walt Disney's animated musical adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book" film is released; cast featured Phil Harris, Louis Prima, Sterling Holloway, and Sebastian Cabot
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Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1952 Latin actress Maria Felix (38) weds actor and singer Jorge Negreta (40) in Mexico
  • 1970 Actor Lee Marvin (46) weds radio producer Pamela Feeley (40)
  • 2011 Actress, model and singer Bijou Phillips (32) weds actor and disc jockey Danny Masterson (36) at a private castle in Ireland

Divorces in Film & TV


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Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1956 Harry Parry, Welsh jazz clarinetist and bandleader (BBC's Radio Rhythm Club), dies at 44
  • 1961 Tsuru Aoki, Japanese-born American silent film actress (The Dragon Painter), dies at 69
  • 1965 Henry Travers [Travers John Heagerty], British stage and screen character actor (It's A Wonderful Life; Mrs. Miniver; Bells of St Mary), dies of arteriosclerosis at 91
  • 1966 Bill Nestell, American actor (Dangerous Venture, Buckskin Frontier), dies of a heart attack at 73
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