On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for October 30

Events in Film & TV


Film release premierFilm Premier

1921 "The Sheik", a silent film starring Rudolph Valentino, premieres in Los Angeles

Actor and Silent Film Idol Rudolph Valentino
Actor and Silent Film Idol
Rudolph Valentino
  • 1931 W2XB TV channel 1 in NYC, NY (NBC) begins broadcasting

Panic Over War of the WorldsPanic Over War of the Worlds

1938 A radio broadcast of H. G. Wells "The War of the Worlds", narrated by Orson Welles, allegedly causes a mass panic
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Orson Welles at the microphone and how the New York Times reacted to the broadcast
Orson Welles at the microphone and how the New York Times reacted to the broadcast

Film release premierFilm Premier

1940 Film premiere of "One Night in the Tropics" first film for Abbott and Costello Paterson New Jersey.

Comedian and Actor Lou Costello
Comedian and Actor
Lou Costello
Comedian and Actor Bud Abbott
Comedian and Actor
Bud Abbott
  • 1957 WLWI (now WTHR) TV channel 13 in Indianapolis, IN (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • 1957 WYTV TV channel 33 in Youngstown, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1969 WXPO (now WNDS) TV channel 50 in Manchester, NH (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 1970 KVEW TV channel 42 in Kennewick, WA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1974 "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" horror film premieres in Los Angeles
  • 2002 British Digital terrestrial television (DTT) Service Freeview begins transmitting in parts of the United Kingdom.

Film release premierFilm Premier

2003 "Wicked" premieres on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre starring Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth

Actress and Singer Idina Menzel
Actress and Singer
Idina Menzel

Film release premierFilm Premier

2011 "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" based on the book by Stephenie Meyer, directed by Bill Condon, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, premieres at the Rome Film Festival

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2012 Walt Disney purchases Lucasfilm Ltd and its rights for Star Wars and Indiana Jones for $4.05 billion

CEO of The Walt Disney Company Bob Iger
CEO of The Walt Disney Company
Bob Iger

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017 Actor Kevin Spacey issues apology after actor Anthony Rapp accuses him of inappropriate sexual behaviour when he was 14


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1869 Lawrence Grant [Percy Reginald], British actor (Bulldog Drummond), born in Bournemouth, England (d. 1952)
  • 1879 Eily Malyon, British actress (Jane Eyre, I Married a Witch, Devotion), born in London, England (d. 1961)
  • 1884 Rudolf Forster, Austrian actor (Threepenny Opera), born in Gröbming, Austria-Hungary (d. 1868)
  • 1896 Ruth Gordon, American actress (Rosemary's Baby, Harold & Maude), born in Quincy, Massachusetts (d. 1985)
  • 1896 Rex Cherryman, American actor (Camille, The Sunshine Trail, In for Thirty Days), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1928)
  • 1907 Renzo Cesana, Italian-American TV host (First Date, Continental), born in Rome, Italy (d. 1970)
  • 1911 Ruth Hussey, American actress (Another Thin Man), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 2005)
  • 1912 Preston Lockwood [Reginald], British actor (Time Bandits, Jeeves and Wooster), born in West Ham, Essex (d. 1996)
  • 1915 Jane Randolph, American actress (Cat People, Railroaded!), born in Youngstown, Ohio (d. 2009)
  • 1922 Jane White, African-American actress and singer (Strange Fruit, Once Upon a Mattress), born in NYC, New York (d. 2011)
  • 1928 William Campbell, American actor (Jerry-Cannonball, Luke-Dynasty), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2011)
  • 1930 Marilyn Alex, American actress (Molly-Young & Restless), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1930 Néstor Almendros, Spanish cinematographer (Kramer vs Kramer), born in Barcelona (d. 1992)
  • 1931 Dick Gautier, American stage and screen actor (Get Smart, Mr Terrific), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2017)
  • 1931 John Macchia, American actor (Beach Blanket Bingo, Beach Party), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1967)
  • 1932 Louis Malle, French film director (Atlantic City, Black Moon, Viva Maria), born in Thumeries, Nord, France (d. 1995)
  • 1934 Hamilton Camp, English-American actor (Andrew-He & She, Meatballs 2), born in London (d. 2005)
  • 1935 Michael Winner, English film producer and director (Big Sleep, Death Wish), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • 1937 Claude Lelouch, French movie director (A Man & A Woman, Cat & Mouse, Bolero), born in Paris
  • 1938 Ed Lauter, American actor (The Artist, The Number 23), born in Long Beach, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1943 Joanna Shimkus, Canadian actress (Marriage of a Young Stockbroker), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 1945 Henry Winkler, American actor (Fonz-Happy Days, Night Shift), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 Andrea Mitchell, American newscaster (NBC-TV, Summer Sunday USA), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 Lynne Marta, American actress (Love American Style), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1950 Louise Duart, American comedienne (Paramount Comedy Theater # 5), born in Quincy, Massachusetts
  • 1951 Harry Hamlin, American actor (Michael Kuzak-LA Law), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1953 Charles Martin Smith, American actor (American Graffiti, Never Cry Wolf), born in Van Nuys, California
  • 1953 Kathleen Cody, American actress (Charley & the Angel), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1955 Shanna Reed, American actress (Major Dad, Mirrors), born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • 1956 Juliet Stevenson, English actress (Secret Rapture, Life Story), born in Kelvedon, Essex, England
  • 1958 Kevin Pollak, American comedian (Usual Suspects, Grumpy Old Men), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1958 Stefan Dennis, Australian actor (Neighbours), born in Tawonga, Victoria, Australia
  • 1960 Kim Thompson, English actress (Stealing Heaven), born in Bath, Somerset, England
  • 1963 Kristina Wagner, American actress (Felicia Jones-General Hospital), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1963 Michael Beach, American actor (Soul Food), born in Roxbury, Massachusetts
  • 1965 Charnele Brown, American actress (Kim-A Different World), born in East Hampton, New York
  • 1965 Gavin Rossdale, English singer-songwriter (Bush) and actor, born in London, Englnd
  • 1968 Jack Plotnick, American film and TV actor (Gods and Monsters), born in Worthington, Ohio
  • 1970 Nia Long, American actress (Guiding Light, Made in America, Soul Food), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1970 Tory Belleci, American TV personality (Mythbuster), born in Monterey, California
  • 1970 Ben Bailey, American host of the TV game show Cash Cab, born in Bowling Green, Kentucky
  • 1973 Edge [Adam Copeland], Canadian professional wrestler, born in Orangeville, Ontario
  • 1973 Silvia Corzo, Colombian newscaster, born in Bucaramanga, Santander, Colombia
  • 1975 Maria Thayer, American actress (Accepted), born in Boring, Oregon
  • 1977 Jason Adelman, American actor (Talisman), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1978 Amanda Swafford, American actress and writer (Worst-Case Scenario), born in Hendersonville, North Carolina
  • 1979 Yukie Nakama, Japanese actress, born in Urasoe, Okinawa, Japan
  • 1980 Sarah Carter, Canadian actress (Falling Skies), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1981 Jun Ji-hyun, South Korean actress (My Sassy Girl), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1984 Eva Pigford, American actress and fashion model, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1987 Ashley Graham, American model and body activist, born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 1988 Janel Parrish, American actress (Pretty Little Liars), born in Oahu, Hawaii

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

1943 Italian director Federico Fellini marries actress Giulietta Masina

Film director, Scriptwriter Federico Fellini
Film director, Scriptwriter
Federico Fellini
  • 1991 Singer Clint Black (34) weds actress Lisa Hartman (29)
  • 2004 Blink-182 pop punk band drummer Travis Barker (28) weds actress and First Runner Up Miss USA 1995 Shanna Moakler (29) at the Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, California
  • 2012 Actress Evan Rachel Wood (25) weds "Billy Elliott" actor Jamie Bell (26) in California

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1967 Charles Trowbridge, Mexican-American actor (Fatal Hour), dies at 85
  • 1968 Pert Kelton, actress (Cavalcade of Stars), dies at 61
  • 1981 Georges Brassens, French screenwriter, dies
  • 1984 June Duprez, actress (Calcutta, Tiger Fang), dies at 66
  • 1984 Mario Gallo, actor (Delvecchio), dies at 61
  • 1985 Kirby Grant, American actor (Rustlers Round-Up, Yukon Gold, Sky King), dies in an auto accident at 74
  • 1988 Sugar Geise, actress (Rhythm Parade), dies after brief illness at 71
  • 1988 T. Hee, American animator (b. 1911)
  • 1990 Harry Lauter, American actor (Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Waterfront), dies of heart failure at 76
  • 1994 Martyn Wiley, writer/broadcaster, dies at 40
  • 1997 Samuel Fuller, American screenwriter and director (Shock Corridor, The Big Red One), dies from natural causes at 85

Person of interestSteve Allen

2000 Steve Allen, American comedian, composer, actor and TV host (Tonight Show, Steve Allen Show), dies of a heart attack at 78

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen
  • 2002 Juan Antonio Bardem, Spanish director and screenwriter (b. 1922)
  • 2004 Margaret O'Rene "Peggy" Ryan, American dancer and actress (Hawaii Five-0), dies at 80

Person of interestRobert Goulet

2007 Robert Goulet, American singer and actor, dies of pulmonary fibrosis at 73

Singer and Actor Robert Goulet
Singer and Actor
Robert Goulet
  • 2015 Albert "Al" Molinaro, American actor (The Odd Couple, Happy Days), dies from illness at 96
  • 2016 John Young, Scottish actor and TV panelist (Masquerade Party), dies at 80
  • 2019 Ron Fairly, American baseball utility and broadcaster (MLB All Star 1973, 77; LA Dodgers, Montreal Expos; Seattle Mariners), dies from cancer at 81