On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for October 7

Events in Film & TV

  • 1926 Actress Theo Mann-Master resigns from stage

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1952 First "Bandstand" broadcast in Philadelphia on WFIL-TV (Dick Clark joins in 1955 as a substitute-host)

Radio and TV Personality Dick Clark
Radio and TV Personality
Dick Clark
  • 1957 KOAC TV channel 7 in Corvallis, OR (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Release

1959 "Pillow Talk" film directed by Michael Gordon and starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson is first released

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day
  • 1960 TV series "Route 66" premieres on CBS
  • 1964 The Beatles appear on episode of "Shindig" (ABC-TV) in the US
  • 1969 WJMN TV channel 3 in Escanaba, MI (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Premier

1971 "The French Connection" directed by William Friedkin and starring Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider and Fernando Rey premieres in the US (Academy Awards Best Picture 1972)

  • 1988 WNBC 660 final transmission, WFAN moves from 1050 to 660 & WUKQ begins on 1050 at 5:30 PM (NYC radio)

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2003 American gubernatorial recall election is held in California. Governor Gray Davis is recalled and Arnold Schwarzenegger becomes governor.

Actor, Body Builder and Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger
Actor, Body Builder and Governor of California
Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • 2008 Music, podcast, and video streaming service Spotify is launched by Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon
  • 2018 Jodie Whittaker debuts in her first full episode as the 13th and first female Doctor Who on BBC television

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1887 Jack Mulhall, American actor and producer (The Three Musketeers, The Amazing Exploits of the Clutching Hand), born in Wappingers Falls, New York (d. 1979)
  • 1892 Dwain Esper, American film director (The Seventh Commandment), born in Washington State (d. 1982)
  • 1905 Andy Devine [ Andrew Vabre Devine], American character actor (Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok, Stagecoach), born in Flagstaff, Arizona (d. 1977)
  • 1907 Tutta Rolf, Norwegian actress (Whalers), born in Kristiania, Norway (d. 1994)
  • 1908 Richard Caldicot, British actor (Horse's Mouth, Strife, Mrs Thursday), born in London, England (d. 1995)
  • 1914 Alfred Drake [Capurro], American singer and actor (Trading Places, Hamlet, Kiss Me Kate), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1914 Sarah Churchill, British actress (Matinee Theatre , All Over Town, Royal Wedding), born in London, England (d. 1982)
  • 1917 June Allyson, actress (Till the Clouds Roll By, Vegas), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1918 Helmut Dantine, Austrian-American actor (Shadow of the Cloak), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1982)
  • 1918 Guido Aristarco, film critic
  • 1919 Gabriel Dell, American actor (The Bowery Boys, Steve Allen Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1922 Martha Stewart [Haworth], American singer and actress (Daisy Kenyon, Doll Face), born in Bardwell, Kentucky
  • 1927 Al Martino [Jasper Cini], American singer and actor (Here in My Heart, The Godfather), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2009)
  • 1929 Graeme Ferguson, Canadian filmmaker and executive, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1933 Paul B. Price, American actor (Busting Loose), born in Carteret, New Jersey (d. 2012)
  • 1939 Clive James, Australian television presenter, poet writer, born in Kogarah, Australia (d. 2019)
  • 1942 Joy Behar [Occhiuto], American actress and comedian (The View), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1950 Maartje van Weegen, Dutch TV hostess, born in Bussum, Netherlands
  • 1950 Granny [Emma Webster], Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Friz Freleng (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Canary Row"
  • 1951 John Mellencamp [John Cougar Mellancamp], American musician & actor (Jack & Diane), born in Seymour, Indiana
  • 1952 Mary Badham, American actress, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1953 Christopher Norris, American actress (Summer of '42, Eat My Dust), born in New York City, New York
  • 1956 James Van Patten, American actor (Bo-Chisholms), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1958 Judy Landers, American actress (BJ & the Bear, Madame's Place), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1959 Dylan Baker, American character actor, born in Syracuse, New York

Person of interestSimon Cowell

1959 Simon Cowell, English recording executive and television producer (X-Factor, American Idol), born in London, England

Recording Executive Simon Cowell
Recording Executive
Simon Cowell
  • 1961 Brian Mannix, Australian singer and actor, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1966 Marco Beltrami, Italian-American film composer, born in Long Island, New York
  • 1969 Malia Hosaka, Hawaiian professional wrestler, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1969 Maria Whittaker, English model, born in Hounslow, United Kingdom
  • 1972 Ben Younger, American screenwriter and film director, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1974 Alexander Polinsky, American actor (Adam-Charles in Charge), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1974 Allison Munn, American actress, born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1975 Terry Gerin, American professional wrestler, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1975 Tim Minchin, Australian comedian and musician, born in Northampton, United Kingdom
  • 1977 Brandon Quinn, American actor, born in Aurora, Colorado
  • 1977 Meighan Desmond, New Zealand actress, born in Kaitaia, New Zealand
  • 1979 Aaron Ashmore, Canadian actor, born in Richmond, Canada
  • 1979 Shawn Ashmore, Canadian actor, born in Richmond, Canada
  • 1979 Tang Wei, Chinese actress, born in Hangzhou, China
  • 1980 Edison Chen, Canadian-born actor, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1984 Ikuta Toma, Japanese singer & actor, born in Hokkaido, Japan

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

1965 Actress and comedian Phyllis Diller (48) weds actor Warde Donovan

Comedienne and Actress Phyllis Diller
Comedienne and Actress
Phyllis Diller

LoveWedding of Interest

1989 Radio talk show host Larry King weds Julie Alexander

TV and Radio Host Larry King
TV and Radio Host
Larry King
  • 1995 "Cheers" actor Ted Danson (47) weds Academy Award-winning actress Mary Steenbergen (42)

LoveWedding of Interest

1995 Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger (44) weds journalist Willow Bay (31) in Bridgehampton, New York

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

LoveWedding of Interest

2006 Comedian-actor Tim Allen (53) weds actress Jane Hajduk (39) at an outdoor ceremony in Grand Lake, Colorado

Actor Tim Allen
Actor
Tim Allen

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 2004 Actress Andie MacDowell (46) divorces businessman Rhett Hartzog (45) after nearly three years of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1943 Eugeniusz Bodo [Bohdan Eugène Junod], Polish film director, producer and comedic actor, dies in the Gulag at 43
  • 1959 Mario Lanza [Alfredo Arnold Cocozza], Italian-American actor and singer (Great Caruso, Toast of New Orleans), dies of a heart attack at 38
  • 1963 Grace Darmond, silent screen actress (Below the Surface), dies at 69
  • 1963 Gustaf Gründgens, German actor and director (M, Faust, A Glass of Water), dies from an internal hemorrhage at 63
  • 1986 Cheryl Crawford, American actress and producer (Touch of Venus, Brigadoon), dies at 84
  • 1993 Cyril Cusack, South African actor (Day of the Jackal, Fahrenheit 451), dies of neuron disease at 82
  • 1993 Kenneth Nelson, American actor (Henry Aldrich-Aldrich Family), dies at 63
  • 1994 Paul Swift, American actor (Egg Man in Pink Flamingo), dies of AIDS at 60
  • 1999 Deryck Guyler, British actor (Please Sir!, Sykes), dies at 85
  • 2001 Christopher Adams, British-born pro wrestler and judoka (b. 1955)
  • 2001 Polly Rowles, American actress (Sweet Liberty, Jamie), dies at 87
  • 2004 Hildy Park, American actress and writer (To Tell the Truth), dies of a stroke at 78
  • 2005 Charles Rocket, American actor and comedian (Saturday Night Live), dies at 56
  • 2008 Peter Copley, British actor (Victim, Kingdom of Heaven, King & Country), dies at 93
  • 2010 Antonie Kamerling, Dutch actor (b. 1966)
  • 2011 George Baker, Bulgarian-born British actor (I, Claudius, Goodbye Mr Chips, Curse of the Fly), dies at 80
  • 2013 Patrice Chéreau, French opera director and actor (Danton), dies from lung cancer at 68