On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for September 16

Events in Film & TV

  • 1949 KABC TV channel 7 in Los Angeles, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 1st movie in Cinemascope "The Robe" based on the book by Lloyd C. Douglas, directed by Henry Koster and starring Richard Burton and Jean Simmons premieres
  • 1954 CKLW TV channel 9 in Windsor, ON (CBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1961 WLKY TV channel 32 in Louisville, Kentucky (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1962 Public TV channel 13 begins in NYC
  • 1963 "The Outer Limits" premieres on ABC-TV
  • 1963 WVAN TV channel 9 in Savannah, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1964 "Shindig" premieres on ABC-TV
  • 1967 KPAZ TV channel 21 in Phoenix, AZ (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 KLNI (now KADN) TV channel 15 in Lafayette, LA (IND) begins
  • 1972 1st TV series about mixed marriage-Bridgit Loves Bernie

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

1972 Penny Marshall appears on "The Bob Newhart Show" in "Fly Unfriendly Skies"

Actor and Director Penny Marshall
Actor and Director
Penny Marshall
Comedian and Actor Bob Newhart
Comedian and Actor
Bob Newhart

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1978 Filming on Monty Python's "Life of Brian" film, begins

Comedian and Actor Michael Palin
Comedian and Actor
Michael Palin
Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983 Arnold Schwarzenegger becomes a US citizen

Actor, Body Builder and Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger
Actor, Body Builder and Governor of California
Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • 1984 1st broadcast of "Miami Vice" on NBC-TV
  • 1987 New York City's WNET-TV channel 13 begins round clock broadcasting

  • 1988 Jury awards Valerie Harper $1.6 M in dispute over TV series
  • 1989 Debbye Turner (Mont), 23, crowned 63rd Miss America 1990

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 14th Toronto International Film Festival: "Roger & Me" directed by Michael Moore wins the People's Choice Award

Documentary Filmmaker Michael Moore
Documentary Filmmaker
Michael Moore
  • 1990 42nd Emmy Awards: LA Law, Murphy Brown, Peter Falk & Patricia Wettig win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Dennis Quaid & Meg Ryan wed

Actress Meg Ryan
Meg Ryan
  • 1993 "Frasier" starring Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce premieres on NBC
  • 1995 Shawntel Smith (Okla), 24, crowned 69th Miss America 1996

Film tv awardsEmmy Awards

2007 59th Emmy Awards: The Sopranos, 30 Rock, James Spader & Sally Field win

Actress Sally Field
Sally Field

Film release premierFilm Release

2011 The critically acclaimed "Drive", starring Ryan Gosling, is released

Music releaseAlbum Release

2014 Barbra Streisand releases album "Partners" features duets with other artists, when reaches No 1, makes Streisand only recording-artist with top album in six decades

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015 Second Republican presidential candidates debate, hosted by CNN, Carly Fiorina and Donald Trump face off at the Reagan Presidential Library

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 "Green Book" wins People's Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival

  • 2018 First ever performance of comedy "Love's Victory" by Lady Mary Wroth at Penshurst Place, England, 400 years after it was written

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 Marvel actor Mark Ruffalo rebuffs UK PM Boris Johnson, who compared himself to Hulk ,"Boris Johnson forgets that the Hulk only fights for the good of the whole" on Twitter

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1872 Henriette deVreker-Verschuur, Dutch-Flemish actress (Roze Kate), born in Amsterdam (d. 1965)
  • 1888 Almira Sessions, American actress (Oklahoma Annie), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1974)
  • 1890 Ernst Deutsch [Dorian], Jewish-Austrian actor (Moon is Down, 3rd Man), born in Prague, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1969)
  • 1891 Isabel Jeans, British actress (Easy Virtue, Heavens Above), born in London, England (d. 1985)
  • 1893 Alexander Korda, British movie producer (3rd man), born in Pusztatúrpásztó, Austria-Hungary (d. 1956)
  • 1894 Clarence Hennecke, American actor (The Strong Man, Murder by Television, Keystone Kops), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1969)
  • 1914 Allen Funt, American TV host and creator (Candid Camera), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1922 Janis Paige, American actress (Lanigan's Rabbi, Trapper John MD), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1924 Lauren Bacall, American actress and singer named the 20th greatest female star of classic Hollywood cinema (Dark Passage, Key Largo), born in Staten Island, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1926 Thomas "Tommy" Bond, American actor (Butch-Our Gang, Superman), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2005)
  • 1927 Jack Kelly, American actor (Bart-Maverick, Get Christie Love), born in Astoria, Queens, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1927 Peter Falk, American actor (Colombo, Scared Straight), born in Ossining, New York (d. 2011)
  • 1930 Anne Francis, American actress (Honey West, Forbidden Planet, Pancho Villa), born in Ossining, New York (d. 2011)
  • 1932 Joan Tabor, American actress (Teenage Millionaire), born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota (d. 1968)
  • 1933 George Chakiris, American actor (West Side Story), born in Norwood, Ohio
  • 1941 Jim McBride, American director and actor (Hot Times, Breathless, Big Easy), born in NYC, New York
  • 1942 Linda G Miller, American actress (Night of the Juggler, Mississippi), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 Cathee Dahmen, American fashion model, born in Minnesota (d. 1997)
  • 1947 Russ Abbot [Russell A Roberts], British TV comedian (The Russ Abbot Show, September Song), born in Cheshire, England
  • 1949 Ed Begley Jr, American actor (Eating Raoul, St Elsewhere, Parenthood), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1949 Susan Ruttan, American actress (Roxanne Melman-LA Law), born in Oregon City, Oregon
  • 1950 Loyd Grossman, American-British television presenter (MasterChef 1990-2000), born in Marblehead, Massachusetts
  • 1952 Mickey Rourke, American actor (Wild Orchid, Barfly), born in Schenectady, New York
  • 1953 Lenny Clarke, American actor (Officer Hampton-John Larroquette Show), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1955 Janet Ellis, English television presenter (Blue Peter, Jigsaw), born in Kent
  • 1958 Jennifer Tilly, American actress (Let it Ride, Off Beat, Psycho II), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1964 Molly Shannon, American actress (Other People), born in Shaker Heights, Ohio
  • 1964 Mary Coustas, Greek-Austalian actress and comedian, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1964 Rossy de Palma, Spanish actress (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), born in Palma, Balearic Islands, Spain
  • 1965 Katy Kurtzman, American actress (Lindsay-Dynasty), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1968 Walt Becker, American writer and film director (Van Wilder), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1971 Charlie Fields, American actor (Shannon), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1971 Shawntel Smith, American beauty pageant (Miss America (1996)), born in Muldrow, Oklahoma

Person of interestAmy Poehler

1971 Amy Poehler, American comedian and actress (Saturday Night Live, Parks and Recreation), born in Newton, Massachusetts

Actress, comedian, writer and producer Amy Poehler
Actress, comedian, writer and producer
Amy Poehler
  • 1972 Shalane McCall, American child actress (Charlie Wade-Dallas), born in North Hollywood, California
  • 1978 Matthew Rogers, American TV host and country singer, born in Arcadia, California
  • 1978 Nick Cordero, Canadian Broadway actor (Bullets Over Broadway), born in Hamilton, Canada (d. 2020)
  • 1981 Fan Bingbing, Chinese actress and singer (My Fair Princess), born in Qingdao, Shandong
  • 1981 Alexis Bledel, American actress (Gilmore Girls), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1984 Sabrina Bryan, American actress and singer (The Cheetah Girls), born in Yorba Linda, California
  • 1985 Madeline Zima, American actress (The Nanny, Californication), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1986 Kyla Pratt, American actress and musician (The Proud Family), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1987 Daren Kagasoff, American actor (The Secret Life of the American Teenager), born in Encino, California
  • 1988 Sarah Steele, American actress (The Good Wife), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Person of interestNick Jonas

1992 Nick Jonas, American singer, actor and producer (The Jonas Brothers), born in Dallas, Texas

Singer-songwriter Nick Jonas
Nick Jonas

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

1936 Actor Henry Fonda (31) weds socialite Frances Ford Seymour (28) at Christ Church, New York City

LoveWedding of Interest

1967 Comedic actor Bob Denver (32) weds second wife Jean Webber

Actor Bob Denver
Bob Denver

LoveWedding of Interest

1968 Actress Sally Field weds Steven Craig

Actress Sally Field
Sally Field

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1936 Irving Thalberg, American film producer (MGM), dies of pneumonia at 37
  • 1946 Mamie Smith, American vaudeville singer, dancer and actress (Crazy Blues), dies at 63
  • 1950 Pedro De Cordoba, American actor (Club Havana, Swamp Fire, Saboteur), dies at 68
  • 1965 Fred Quimby, American film producer (Tom and Jerry cartoons), dies of a heart attack at 79
  • 1973 Frederic Meyer, actor (Faraway Hill), dies at 63
  • 1982 Rolfe Sedan, American actor (Young Frankenstein, Ninotchka, George Burns Show), dies at 86
  • 1991 Carol White, actress (Prehistoric Women, Dulcima), dies at 47
  • 1994 Dolly Hare, German/British actress (Broken Blossom), dies at 84
  • 1994 Jack Dodson, American actor (Howard Sprage- "The Andy Griffith Show"), dies at 63
  • 1995 Pierre Olaf [Trivier], French actor (Camelot, Don't Drink the Water, Kraft Music Hall), dies at 67
  • 1996 Gene Nelson [Leander Berg], American screenwriter, director and actor (Tea For 2, Oklahoma), dies at 76
  • 1997 Antony Kearey, television producer, dies at 77
  • 1997 Terence Cooper, British actor (Casino Royale), dies at 64
  • 2001 Samuel Z. Arkoff, American film producer and co-founder of American International Pictures, dies at 83
  • 2002 James Gregory, American actor (My Favorite Martian, Barney Miller), dies at 90
  • 2005 Constance Moore, American singer and actress (Buck Rogers, Show Business, Atlantic City), dies at 85
  • 2012 John Ingle, American actor (Edward Quartermaine-General Hospital), dies from cancer at 84
  • 2018 Frank Parker, American actor (Days of our Lives, Never Too Young), dies at 79