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Events in Film & TV on October 2

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

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

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

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

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

Film ReleaseThe 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)

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The Bridge on the River Kwai movie poster
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  • 1959 Rod Serling's anthology series "The Twilight Zone" premieres on CBS-TV
  • 1961 "Ben Casey" premieres on NBC-TV
  • 1961 WETA TV channel 26 in Washington, D.C. (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1961 WHRO TV channel 15 in Hampton-Norfolk, VA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1989 TV true life drama "A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story" premieres on NBC in the US

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

Actor Zach Braff
Actor
Zach Braff

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

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

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

Sportscaster Vin Scully
Sportscaster
Vin Scully

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

TV Personality and Model Kim Kardashian
TV Personality and Model
Kim Kardashian

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

US First Lady and Model Melania Trump
US First Lady and Model
Melania Trump

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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

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
US First Lady and Model Melania Trump
US First Lady and Model
Melania Trump