On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for September 7

Events in Film & TV

  • 1921 In Atlantic City, New Jersey, the first Miss America Pageant, a two-day event, is held.
  • 1923 Mary Katherine Campbell (Ohio), 16, crowned 2nd Miss America 1922-23
  • 1927 Philo Farnsworth demonstrates the first use of his electronic television in San Francisco
  • 1935 Romantic comedy film "Page Miss Glory" starring Marion Davies premieres in the USA

Film release premierFilm Release

1954 "Journey to Italy", directed by Roberto Rossellini, starring Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders, is released

Actress Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman
Film Director Roberto Rossellini
Film Director
Roberto Rossellini
  • 1957 WWL TV channel 4 in New Orleans, LA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1963 WCTI TV channel 12 in New Bern, NC (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1966 KTNE TV channel 13 in Alliance, NB (PBS) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1970 Jerry Lewis' 5th Muscular Dystrophy telethon

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
  • 1974 Shirley Cothran (Texas), 21, crowned 47th Miss America 1975
  • 1979 The Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) makes its debut.
  • 1980 32nd Emmy Awards: Taxi, Lou Grant, Ed Asner & Barbara Bel Geddes win. Notable for going ahead despite 51 of the 52 nominated performers boycotting the event due to a strike by members of the Screen Actors Guild.
  • 1981 Jerry Lewis' 16th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $31,500,000
  • 1986 NBC premiere of "The French Connection" film based TV sequel "Popeye Doyle"
  • 1987 Jerry Lewis' 22nd Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $39,021,723
  • 1990 Marjorie Judith Vincent (Ill), 25, crowned 64th Miss America 1991

Film release premierFilm Premier

2006 Sacha Baron Cohen's mockumentary "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" premieres at the Toronto Film Festival

Comedian/Actor Sacha Baron Cohen
Sacha Baron Cohen

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

2019 "The Joker" directed by Todd Phillips and starring Joaquin Phoenix wins the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1867 Albert Bassermann, German actor (Foreign Correspondent, Madame Curie), born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1952)
  • 1889 Albert Plesman, Dutch aviation pioneer and founder (KLM), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1953)
  • 1891 Roscoe Karns, American actor (Capt Shafer-Hennesey), born in San Bernardino, California (d. 1970)
  • 1900 Emerson Treacy, American actor (California Straight Ahead, Prowler), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1967)
  • 1902 Roy Barcroft [Howard Ravenscroft], American actor (Oklahoma!; Freckles), born in Crab Orchard, Nebraska (d. 1969)
  • 1913 Anthony Quayle, British actor (Anne of 1000 Days, Lawrence of Arabia), born in Ainsdale, Southport, Lancashire (d. 1989)
  • 1923 Peter Lawford, British actor, producer and socialite (Mrs Miniver, Thin Man), born in London, England (d. 1984)
  • 1924 Charles Braswell, American actor (Only Game in Town), born in McKinney, Texas (d. 1974)
  • 1924 Leonard Rosenman, American composer (Rebel Without A Cause; Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1926 Don Messick, American cartoon voice (Bam-bam, Astro, Scooby-Doo), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1927 John Milford, American actor (Command & Conquer: Red Alert, Homefront), born in Johnstown, New York (d. 2000)
  • 1929 T. P. McKenna [Thomas Patrick McKenna], Irish actor (Rivals, Holocaust), born in Mullagh, Ireland (d. 2011)
  • 1937 John Phillip Law, American actor (Barbarella, Love Machine), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1937 Cüneyt Arkın, Turkish film actor (The Adam Trilogy), born in Gökçeoğlu village, Alpu, Eskişehir Province, Turkey
  • 1948 Susan Blakely, American actress (Rich Man Poor Man), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1950 Julie Kavner, American actress and voice artist (Brenda-Rhoda, Marge-Simpsons), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1951 Mark Isham, American musician and film composer (The Hitcher), born in NYC, New York
  • 1954 Corbin Bernsen, American actor (Arnie Becker-LA Law), born in North Hollywood, California
  • 1954 Michael Emerson, American actor (Person of Interest), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • 1955 Mira Furlan, Croatian actress (Babylon 5), born in Zagreb, Croatia
  • 1960 Andrew Voss, Australian television personality (Fox League), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1963 W. Earl Brown, American actor, writer, and musician (Deadwood, Scream, Stovall-Operation Petticoat), born in Golden Pond, Kentucky
  • 1965 Ron Blake, American jazz saxophonist, (SNL band; Christian McBride Big Band; Art Farmer), band leader, composer, and music educator (Juilliard), born in the Virgin Islands
  • 1967 Toby Jones, British actor (Infamous), born in Hammersmith, London
  • 1967 Leslie Jones, American comedian and actress (Saturday Night Live, Ghostbusters), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1969 Angie Everhart, American model and actress (Jade, Last Action Hero), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1969 Diane Farr, American actress (Numb3rs), born in Manhattan, New York
  • 1970 Tom Everett Scott, American actor (Dead Man on Campus), born in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts
  • 1973 Shannon Elizabeth, American actress (American Pie), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1976 Oliver Hudson, American actor (Rules of Engagement), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1977 Molly Holly [Nora Kristina Benshoof], American professional wrestler, born in Forest Lake, Minnesota
  • 1986 Colin Delaney, American professional wrestler, born in Rochester, New York
  • 1987 Evan Rachel Wood, American actress (Thirteen), born in Raleigh, North Carolina

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

1943 "Gilda" actress Rita Hayworth (24) weds actor-director Orson Welles (28)

Actor and Director Orson Welles
Actor and Director
Orson Welles
  • 1945 "Star Trek" actor DeForest Kelley (25) weds Carolyn Dowling (25)

LoveWedding of Interest

1984 Actress-singer Janet Jackson (18) weds fellow R&B singer James DeBarge (21)

  • 1996 Five-foot-eleven model-actress Eva Herzigova (23) weds Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres (43) in Sea Bright, New Jersey

LoveWedding of Interest

2013 Actor Patrick Stewart (72) weds singer Sunny Ozell (35) near Lake Tahoe

Divorces in Film & TV

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1949 Actress Janet Leigh (22) divorces Stanley Reames after 4 years of marriage

Actress Janet Leigh
Janet Leigh

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1951 María Montez [Vidal], Dominican actress known as The Queen of Technicolor (Cobra Woman, Arabian Nights), dies of heart seizure at 39
  • 1965 Catherine Dale Owen, actress (Behind Office Doors), dies at 62
  • 1966 Al Kelly, double talk comedian (Ernie Kovacs Show), dies at 67
  • 1971 Spring Byington, actress (Lily Ruskin-December Bride), dies at 84
  • 1991 Ben Piazza, American actor (Santa Barbara; The Blues Brothers; Dallas), dies of cancer at 58
  • 1992 Henry Ephron, American screenwriter (Daddy Long Legs), dies at 81
  • 1994 Dennis Morgan [Stanley], American actor (21 Beacon Street), dies at 85
  • 1994 Godfrey Quigley, Irish actor (Barry Lyndon, Educating Rita, Rooney), dies at 71
  • 1994 Terence Young, British film director (Dr No, Thunderball), dies of at 79
  • 1997 Alex Macintosh, British BBC presenter and actor (Hell Fight), dies at 72
  • 2001 Spede Pasanen, Finnish film director and comedian, dies at 71
  • 2001 Billie Lou Watt, American actress (b. 1924)
  • 2002 Katrin Cartlidge, British actress (b. 1961)
  • 2005 Hope Garber, Canadian actress, dies at 81
  • 2006 Julien Schoenaerts, Flemish actor (Daens/Medea), dies at 81
  • 2006 Robert Earl Jones, American actor (The Sting, Witness, Sleepaway Camp), dies of natural causes at 96
  • 2008 Nagi Noda, Japanese pop artist and director (b. 1973)
  • 2008 Ilarion Ciobanu, Romanian actor (b. 1931)
  • 2010 Glenn Shadix, American Actor (b. 1952)
  • 2015 Dickie Moore, American actor (Oliver Twist, Little Men), dies at 89