On This Day

Events in Film & TV on December 16

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1913 Charlie Chaplin begins his film career at Keystone for $150 a week

Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker
Charlie Chaplin

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1924 Noël Coward's "Vortex" premieres in London

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • 1936 John Monks and Fred Finklehoff's play "Brother Rat" premieres in New York City

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1950 Child star Shirley Temple announces her retirement from films aged 22

Actress and Diplomat Shirley Temple
Actress and Diplomat
Shirley Temple
  • 1951 NBC premiere of "Dragnet" in black and white

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1962 "Lawrence of Arabia" film directed by David Lean and starring Peter O'Toole, is released in the United States

Actor Peter O'Toole
Actor
Peter O'Toole
Film Director David Lean
Film Director
David Lean
Soldier and Writer T. E. Lawrence
Soldier and Writer
T. E. Lawrence
  • 1967 "Playtime", French film directed by Jacques Tati, starring himself, is released
  • 1968 KFIZ TV channel 34 in Fond du Lac, WI begins broadcasting

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1969 "Hello Dolly" with Barbra Streisand premieres

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1970 "Love Story" film based on the novel by Erich Segal, directed by Arthur Hiller and starring Ryan O'Neal and Ali McGraw is released
  • 1975 1st broadcast of "One Day at a Time" on CBS TV
  • 1979 "An American Christmas Carol" directed by Eric Till starring Henry Winkler premieres in the US

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1985 Film "The Color Purple" based on novel by Alice Walker, directed by Stephen Spielberg starring Whoopi Goldberg and Danny Glover premieres in New York

Actress Whoopi Goldberg
Actress
Whoopi Goldberg
Novelist Alice Walker
Novelist
Alice Walker
Actor and Activist Danny Glover
Actor and Activist
Danny Glover

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1993 Shannen Doherty (Brenda) is fired from TV series Beverly Hills 90210