On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for September 4

Events in Film & TV


Film release premierFilm Release

1936 "Swing Time", directed by George Stevens, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, is released

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers
  • 1940 CBS begins broadcasting TV as station W2XAB
  • 1951 1st transcontinental TV broadcast, by US President Harry Truman
  • 1951 NBC extends to become a 61 station coast-to-coast network
  • 1953 WATR (now WTXX) TV channel 20 in Waterbury, CT (NBC) begins
  • 1953 WGEM TV channel 10 in Quincy-Hannibal, IL (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1961 Carol Burnett-Richard Hayes Show premieres on CBS radio
  • 1965 KREZ TV channel 6 in Durango, CO (CBS/NBC) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1967 Jerry Lewis' 2nd Muscular Dystrophy telethon

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • 1972 "The Price is Right" - US's longest running games show debuts on CBS
  • 1978 Jerry Lewis' 13th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $29,074,405
  • 1981 Newscaster David Brinkley is released by NBC
  • 1989 Jerry Lewis' 24th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $42,737,219
  • 1989 46th Venice Film Festival: "A City of Sadness" directed by Hsiao-hsien Hou debuts and wins the Golden Lion

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

1990 47th Venice Film Festival: "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead" directed by Tom Stoppard wins the Golden Lion

Playwright and Screenwriter Tom Stoppard
Playwright and Screenwriter
Tom Stoppard
  • 1992 "Scared Silent" is 1st non news program to be seen on 3 networks simultaneously. (CBS, NBC & PBS), about child abuse hosted by Oprah
  • 1995 Jerry Lewis' 30th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $47,800,000

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1995 Cult TV series "Xena: Warrior Princess" starring Lucy Lawless and Renee O'Connor debuts in the US

Actress & Singer Lucy Lawless
Actress & Singer
Lucy Lawless
Actor Kevin Smith
Actor
Kevin Smith
  • 1998 1st ever "Who wants to be a Millionaire?" hosted by Chris Tarrant debuts on ITV in Britain

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2002 Before a U.S. Congressional panel, Doris Roberts testifies that age discrimination is prevalent in Hollywood

Actress Doris Roberts
Actress
Doris Roberts

Film release premierFilm Premier

2008 "The Hurt Locker" directed by Kathryn Bigelow and starring Jeremy Renner premieres at the Venice Film Festival (Best Picture 2010)

Director Kathryn Bigelow
Director
Kathryn Bigelow

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 YouTube fined $170 million for illegally collecting data on children's viewing habits by US Federal Trade Commission

CEO of YouTube Susan Wojcicki
CEO of YouTube
Susan Wojcicki

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1848 Jennie Lee, American actress (The Birth of a Nation), born in Sacramento, California (d. 1925)
  • 1871 [Rosalie] Julia Cuypers, Flemish actress and wife of Joseph of Lyre, born in St-Jans-Molenbeek, Belgium (d. 1952)
  • 1874 Johanna M. "Lena" Bakker, Dutch actress and wife of Bruno Gerlach, born (d. 1964)
  • 1896 Antonin Artaud, French songwriter and director (Theatre Seraphin), born in Marseille, France (d. 1948)
  • 1904 Christian-Jaque, French film director, born in Paris (d. 1994)
  • 1908 Edward Dmytryk, Canadian film director (Carpetbaggers, Young Lions, Caine Mutiny), born in Grand Forks, Canada (d. 1999)
  • 1915 Dick Thomas, American singing cowboy and TV host (Village Barn), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2003)
  • 1919 Howard Morris, American comedic actor and director (The Andy Griffith Show, High Anxiety), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1928 Dick York, American actor (Darrin-Bewitched, Inherit the Wind), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana (d. 1992)
  • 1931 Mitzi Gaynor [Francesca von Gerber], American actress, singer and dancer (Anything Goes, South Pacific), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1932 Dinsdale Landen, British actor (The Mask of Janus), born in Margate, Kent, England (d. 2003)
  • 1933 Richard Castellano, American actor (The Godfather, Lovers & Other Stranger), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1937 Mikk Mikiver, Estonian actor and director, born in Tallinn, Estonia (d. 2006)
  • 1938 Leonard Frey, American actor (Best of West, Mr Smith), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1941 Joanna Van Gyseghem, English actress, born in Tunbridge Wells, England
  • 1942 Jerry Jarrett, American professional wrestling promoter, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1944 Jennifer Salt, American actress (Sisters, Soap, Wedding Party), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1951 Judith Ivey, American actress (Lady in Red, Hello Again), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1952 Rishi Kapoor, Indian Bollywood actor and director (Bobby, Do Dooni Chaar), born in Bombay State, India (2020)
  • 1953 Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs, American actor (Freddie-Welcome Back Kotter), born in New York City, New York
  • 1957 Khandi Alexander, American actress, born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1957 Patricia Tallman, American actress, born in Pontiac, Illinois
  • 1958 Shiro Koshinaka, Japanese wrestler (WAR/NJPW), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1959 Kevin Harrington, Australian actor, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1960 Damon Wayans, American actor and comedian (In Living Color, SNL), born in New York City, New York
  • 1961 Kevin Kennedy, English actor, born in Wythenshawe, United Kingdom
  • 1968 John Preston, American actor (Greg-General Hospital), born in Cedar City, Utah
  • 1968 Phill Lewis, American actor, born in Uganda
  • 1968 John DiMaggio, American actor, born in North Plainfield, New Jersey
  • 1969 Noah Taylor, English-born actor, born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1970 Ione Skye, British-born American actress (Say Anything), born in Hampstead, London
  • 1970 Dave Buchwald, American hacker and filmmaker, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1971 Anita Yuen, Hong Kong actress, born in Hong Kong
  • 1972 Danny Ponce, American actor (Willie-Valerie/Hogan Family), born in Waltham, Massachusetts
  • 1972 Françoise Yip, Canadian actress, born in North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1976 Katreeya English, Thai singer and actress, born in Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 1978 Wes Bentley, American actor, born in Jonesboro, Arkansas
  • 1979 Kristina Krepela, Croatian actress, born in Zagreb, Croatia
  • 1984 Camila Bordonaba, Argentine actress and singer-songwriter, born in El Palomar, Argentina
  • 1991 Carter Jenkins, American actor, born in Tampa, Florida
  • 2179 Nyota Uhura, Fictional Star Trek communications officer, born in Nairobi, Kenya

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1988 Actor Kevin Bacon marries actress Kyra Sedgwick

LoveWedding of Interest

1998 "Sex and The City" actress Kim Cattrall (42) weds audio designer Mark Levinson

Actress Kim Cattrall
Actress
Kim Cattrall
  • 2006 Television presenter Sally Meen (41) weds show business agent Russ Lindsay at Great Fosters Hotel in Egham, Surrey
  • 2009 Singer and actress Christina Milian (27) weds singer-songwriter The-Dream (31) at the Little White Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2011 Fashion model and designer Lauren Bush (28) weds David Lauren (40), son of fashion designer Ralph Lauren at the 17,000 acre farm in Colorado

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1938 Clifford Dempsey, actor (Salute), dies at 73
  • 1975 Walter Tetley, cartoon voice (Sherman-Bullwinkle Show), dies at 60
  • 1981 Verne Rowe, actor (Verne-Fernwood 2 Night), dies at 59
  • 1985 George O'Brien, American actor (Sunrise: A Song of Two Human), dies of a stroke at 85
  • 1985 Isabel Jeans, actress (Suspicion, Easy Virtue, Tovarich), dies at 93
  • 1989 Georges Simenon, Belgian born writer and director (Maigret detective novels), dies at 86
  • 1990 Irene Dunne, American actress (Cimarron, Theodora Goes Wild), dies of heart failure at 91
  • 1991 Tom Tryon, American actor (The Cardinal, All That Glitters, The Longest Day) and novelist (The Other), dies of stomach cancer at 65
  • 1992 John van Dreelen, [Jacques T van Drielen Gimberg], actor (Topaz), dies
  • 1993 Hervé Villechaize, French-American actor (Fantasy Island - Ze plane! Ze plane!), shoots self to death at 50
  • 1995 John Megna, actor (To Kill a Mocking Bird), dies at 42

Person of interestSteve Irwin

2006 Steve Irwin, Australian naturalist and TV personality (The Crocodile Hunter), attacked and killed by a stingray at 44

Naturalist and TV Star Steve Irwin
Naturalist and TV Star
Steve Irwin
  • 2006 John Conte, American actor (The Man with the Golden Arm, Lost in a Harem, Mantovani), dies of natural causes at 90
  • 2009 Iain Cuthbertson, Scottish actor (Guilty, Scandal, Rep, Danger UXB), dies at 79
  • 2010 Paul Conrad, American cartoonist (Pulitzer 1964, 71, 84), dies at 86

Person of interestJoan Rivers

2014 Joan Rivers, American comedienne (Late Show, Hollywood Sq), dies at 81 after serious complications from a procedure on her vocal cords

Actress, Comedian and T.V. Host Joan Rivers
Actress, Comedian and T.V. Host
Joan Rivers
  • 2014 Donatas Banionis, Lithuanian actor (Solaris, Goya or the Hard Way to Enlightenment), dies at 90
  • 2018 Bill Daily, American actor and comedian (I Dream of Jeannie, The Bob Newhart Show), dies at 91