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

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

  • 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

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1970 Jerry Lewis' 5th Muscular Dystrophy telethon

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
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

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1996 Rap artist Tupac Shakur shot multiple times in a drive by shooting in Las Vegas, dies 6 days later

Rap Musician and Actor Tupac Shakur
Rap Musician and Actor
Tupac Shakur

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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
Comedian/Actor
Sacha Baron Cohen

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1867 Albert Bassermann, German actor (Foreign Correspondent, Madame Curie), born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1952)
  • 1889 Albert Plesman, aviation pioneer/founder/director (KLM)
  • 1891 Roscoe Karns, San Bernadino California, actor (Capt Shafer-Hennesey)
  • 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, England, actor (Anne of 1000 Days, Lawrence of Arabia)
  • 1923 Peter Lawford, actor (Mrs Miniver, Thin Man), born in London, England
  • 1927 Don Messick, American cartoon voice (Bam-bam, Astro, Scooby-Doo), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1929 John Milford, Johnstown NY, actor (Lieutenant, Legend of Jesse James)
  • 1929 T. P. McKenna, Irish actor (Rivals, Holocaust), born in Mullagh, Ireland (d. 2011)
  • 1937 John Phillip Law, actor (Barbarella, Love Machine), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1937 Cüneyt Arkın, Turkish film actor
  • 1948 Susan Blakely, Frankfurt Germany, actress (Rich Man Poor Man)
  • 1950 Julie Kavner, American actress and voice artist (Brenda-Rhoda, Marge-Simpsons), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1951 William Katt, American actor (Butch & Sundance Kid, Carrie)
  • 1954 Corbin Bernsen, North actor (Arnie Becker-LA Law), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1954 Michael Emerson, American actor
  • 1955 Mira Furlan, Croatian actress
  • 1958 D Elmina Davies, filmmaker
  • 1960 Andrew Voss, Australian television personality
  • 1967 Toby Jones, British actor
  • 1967 Leslie Jones Comedian and actress (Saturday Night Live, Ghostbusters), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1969 Angie Everhart, model/actress (Jade, Last Action Hero), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1969 Diane Farr, American actress (Numb3rs)
  • 1970 Tom Everett Scott, American actor
  • 1973 Shannon Elizabeth, American actress
  • 1976 Oliver Hudson, American actor
  • 1977 Nora Greenwald, American professional wrestler
  • 1986 Colin Delaney, American Professional Wrestler
  • 1987 Evan Rachel Wood, American actress

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding 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

HeartWedding 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

HeartWedding 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
Actress
Janet Leigh

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1951 Maria Montez, actress (Arabian Nights, Sudan), dies at 31
  • 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, actor (Consenting Adults), dies of cancer at 58
  • 1992 Henry Ephron, US screenwriter (Daddy Long Legs), dies at 81
  • 1994 Dennis Morgan, [Stanley], US actor (21 Beacon Street), dies at 85
  • 1994 Godfrey Quigley, actor (Barry Lyndon, Educating Rita), dies at 71
  • 1997 Alex Macintosh, broadcaster/actor (Hell Fight), dies at 72
  • 2001 Spede Pasanen, Finnish television personality (b. 1930)
  • 2001 Billie Lou Watt, American actress (b. 1924)
  • 2002 Katrin Cartlidge, British actress (b. 1961)
  • 2005 Hope Garber, Canadian actress (b. ca. 1924)
  • 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