Events in Film & TV on October 2

  • 1895 1st cartoon comic strip is printed in a newspaper

Theater Premiere

1933 Eugene O'Neill's comedy play "Ah, Wilderness!" premieres in NYC

  • 1946 1st network soap opera "Faraway Hill" begins broadcasting on DuMont Television Network
  • 1951 1st Netherland TV broadcast (Toverspiegel)

Music History

1953 "Comedy in Music (Victor Borge)" opens at John Golden NYC for 849 performances

  • 1955 "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" premieres on CBS television in the US
  • 1955 WHTN (now WOWK) TV ch 13 in Huntington-Charleston, WV (CBS) begins

The Bridge on the River Kwai

1957 "The Bridge on the River Kwai", directed by David Lean and starring William Holden and Alec Guinness, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1958)

  • 1959 Rod Serling's anthology series "The Twilight Zone" premieres on CBS-TV
  • 1961 American medical drama series "Ben Casey", starring Vince Edwards and Sam Jaffe, premieres on ABC-TV
  • 1961 WETA TV channel 26 in Washington, D.C. (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1961 WHRO TV channel 15 in Hampton-Norfolk, Vitginia (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1989 TV true life drama "A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story" premieres on NBC in the US

Television Premiere

2001 "Scrubs", starring Zach Braff as Dr. John "J.D." Dorian, premieres on NBC

Television Premiere

2011 TV spy drama "Homeland" starring Claire Danes and Damian Lewis premieres on Showtime

  • 2015 Actor Randy Quaid and his wife Evi are arrested in Vermont after leaving Canada

Film & TV History

2016 Kim Kardashian is robbed at gunpoint of $10 million worth of jewelry in her hotel in Paris

Sports History

2016 Veteran broadcaster Vin Scully calls his final LA Dodgers game (7-1 loss in San Francisco) after a record 67 MLB seasons

Film & TV History

2018 US First Lady Melania Trump arrives in Ghana to begin a four-nation tour of Africa

COVID-19 Pandemic

2020 US President Donald Trump announces via twitter that he and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19, President hospitalized later that day