Events in Film & TV on October 7

  • 1926 Actress Theo Mann-Master resigns from stage

Film & TV History

1952 First "Bandstand" broadcast in Philadelphia on WFIL-TV (Dick Clark joins in 1955 as a substitute-host)

  • 1957 KOAC TV channel 7 in Corvallis, OR (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film Release

1959 "Pillow Talk" film directed by Michael Gordon and starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson is first released

  • 1960 TV series "Route 66" premieres on CBS

Musical Finale

1961 Charles Strouse and Lee Adams' musical "Bye Bye Birdie", starring Dick Van Dyke, Chita Rivera, and Dick Gautier, closes at Martin Beck Theater, NYC, after 607 performances and 4 Tony Awards

  • 1964 The Beatles appear on episode of "Shindig" (ABC-TV) in the US
  • 1969 WJMN TV channel 3 in Escanaba, MI (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting

Film Premiere

1971 "The French Connection" directed by William Friedkin and starring Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider and Fernando Rey premieres in the US (Academy Awards Best Picture 1972)

Music History

1977 Guitarist Steve Hackett quits progressive rock band Genesis

  • 1988 WNBC 660 final transmission, WFAN moves from 1050 to 660 & WUKQ begins on 1050 at 5:30 PM (NYC radio)

Sports History

1989 Howard Stern's "US Open Sores" tennis match against his producer Gary Dell'Abate. at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York

Election of Interest

2003 California holds gubernatorial recall election - Governor Gray Davis loses and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger becomes governor

Film & TV History

2006 Novaya Gazeta Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya shot and killed outside her apartment in Moscow

  • 2008 Music, podcast, and video streaming service Spotify is launched by Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon
  • 2018 Jodie Whittaker debuts in her first full episode as the 13th and first female Doctor Who on BBC television