Film in History

Events in Film & TV

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  • 1864-03-01 Louis Ducos du Hauron patents movie machine (never built)

Historic InventionFirst Moving Images

1878-06-15 World's first moving pictures caught on camera (used 12 cameras, each taking 1 picture) done to see if all 4 of a horse's hooves leave the ground

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The first moving images ever captured, Sallie Gardner at a Gallop, taken in 1878 by Eadweard Muybridge
The first moving images ever captured, Sallie Gardner at a Gallop, taken in 1878 by Eadweard Muybridge
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  • 1881-09-18 Chicago Tribune reports on a televideo experiment

InventionHistoric Invention

1888-10-17 Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie)

Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison

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1889-04-06 George Eastman begins selling his Kodak flexible rolled film for the first time

Founder of the Eastman Kodak Company George Eastman
Founder of the Eastman Kodak Company
George Eastman
  • 1891-05-20 History of cinema: The first public display of Thomas Edison's prototype kinetoscope to members of the National Federation of Women's Club
  • 1892-06-11 The Limelight Department, one of the world's first film studios, is officially established in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1893-02-01 Thomas Edison completes worlds 1st movie studio at West Orange, New Jersey
  • 1893-02-02 1st movie close-up (of a sneeze), Edison studio, West Orange, New Jersey
  • 1894-01-09 "Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze" released in movie theaters
  • 1894-04-14 1st public showing of Thomas Edison's kinetoscope (moving pictures)
  • 1894-09-08 Employed by Thomas Edison, William K.L. Dickson films first boxing match at West Orange, New Jersey, an exhibition between world heavyweight champion James J. Corbett and Peter Courtney
  • 1895-03-22 Auguste & Louis Lumiere show their 1st movie to an invited audience
  • 1895-05-20 1st commercial movie performance (153 Broadway, NYC)
  • 1895-07-11 Auguste and Louis Lumière show film for scientists
  • 1896-03-12 1st movie in Netherlands (Kalverstr 220)

  • 1896-04-23 Vitascope system of movie projection 1st shown at Koster & Bial's Music Hall (NYC)
  • 1896-07-26 Vitascope Hall, 1st permanent for-profit movie theatre, opens in New Orleans
  • 1897-08-31 Thomas Edison patents the Kinetoscope [kinetographic camera], a device which produces moving pictures
  • 1900-02-14 Date of events in Australian movie "Picnic at Hanging Rock"
  • 1902-03-10 A United States court of appeals rules that Thomas Edison did not invent the movie camera
  • 1902-04-02 "Electric Theatre", the first full-time movie theater in the United States, opens in Los Angeles, California

Murder of InterestTopsy the Elephant is Electrocuted

1903-01-04 Topsy the elephant is electrocuted by her owners at Luna Park, Coney Island and filmed by Edison Manufacturing movie company

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Topsy the elephant is electrocuted to death at Luna Park in New York
Topsy the elephant is electrocuted to death at Luna Park in New York
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  • 1907-11-28 In Haverhill, Massachusetts, scrap-metal dealer Louis B. Mayer opens his first movie theater
  • 1908-05-21 1st horror movie (Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde) premieres in Chicago
  • 1909-12-11 Colored moving pictures demonstrated at Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • 1910-11-12 1st possible movie stunt: man jumps into the Hudson river from a burning balloon
  • 1912-05-08 Film and television production and distribution studio Paramount Pictures is founded
  • 1912-05-18 Maurits Binger establishes 2 Dutch movie companies
  • 1912-07-31 US government prohibits movies and photos of prize fights (censorship)
  • 1912-09-23 1st Mack Sennett "Keystone Comedy" movie released "Cohen Collects a Debt"
  • 1913-12-29 1st movie serial "Adventures of Kathlyn" premieres in Chicago

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1914-02-07 Charlie Chaplin debuts silent film character The Tramp in "Kid Auto Races at Venice"

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

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1914-02-12 "The Squaw Man", 1st feature-length film shot in Hollywood, directed by Cecil B. DeMille and Oscar Apfel, is released in the US

Filmmaker and Director Cecil B. DeMille
Filmmaker and Director
Cecil B. DeMille
  • 1914-04-04 Film serial "Perils of Pauline" shown for the first time in Los Angeles

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1915-02-08 "The Birth of a Nation" the first 12-reel film in America, directed by D. W. Griffith, starring Lillian Gish and Mae Marsh, opens at Clune's Auditorium in Los Angeles

Film Director D. W. Griffith
Film Director
D. W. Griffith

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1916-06-24 Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to get a million dollar contract

Actress Mary Pickford
Actress
Mary Pickford
  • 1916-09-05 "Intolerance", silent film directed by D. W. Griffith, starring Vera Lewis and Ralph Lewis, is released
  • 1919-02-05 Hollywood film studio United Artists founded by Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and D. W. Griffith
  • 1920-11-27 "The Mask of Zorro" directed by Fred Niblo and starring Douglas Fairbanks is shown in New York - 1st American superhero film
  • 1921-02-06 "The Kid", silent film starring Charlie Chaplin & Jackie Coogan, released
  • 1921-10-28 Amsterdam's Tuschinski movie theater opens

Film release premierFilm Premier

1921-10-30 "The Sheik", a silent film starring Rudolph Valentino, premieres in Los Angeles

Actor and Silent Film Idol Rudolph Valentino
Actor and Silent Film Idol
Rudolph Valentino

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1922-03-04 1st vampire film Nosferatu premieres at the Berlin Zoological Garden, Germany, an adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula

Novelist Bram Stoker
Novelist
Bram Stoker
  • 1922-11-26 1st successful Technicolor movie (The Toll of the Sea), premieres at the Rialto Theatre in NYC
  • 1925-12-21 "Battleship Potemkin", Soviet silent film directed by Sergei Eisenstein, starring Aleksandr Antonov, Vladimir Barksy and Grigori Aleksandrov, premieres in Moscow
  • 1926-05-20 Thomas Edison says Americans prefer silent movies over talkies
  • 1926-08-06 "Don Juan" starring John Barrymore is released by Warner Bros, the 1st feature-length film to utilize the Vitaphone sound-on-disc sound system with a synchronized musical score and sound effects
  • 1927-01-05 Fox Studios exhibits Movietone
  • 1927-01-10 Fritz Lang's silent film "Metropolis" premieres in Berlin
  • 1927-01-11 Louis B. Mayer head of film studio MGM announces creation of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  • 1927-02-05 "The General", American silent film directed by Buster Keaton and Clyde Bruckman, starring Al Boasberg, premieres in New York City

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1927-02-15 Silent film "It" is released in the US starring Clara Bow

Silent Screen Actress Clara Bow
Silent Screen Actress
Clara Bow

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1927-10-08 "The Second Hundred Years" silent short film released starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy - 1st Laurel and Hardy film with them appearing as a team

Comic Actor Oliver Hardy
Comic Actor
Oliver Hardy
Comedian and Actor Stan Laurel
Comedian and Actor
Stan Laurel
  • 1928-05-15 Mickey Mouse makes his 1st ever appearance in silent film "Plane Crazy"
  • 1929-02-01 "The Broadway Melody" directed by Harry Beaumont and starring Bessie Love is released. 1st film with sound to win an Oscar (Outstanding Picture 1930)
  • 1930-03-31 The Motion Pictures Production Code is instituted, imposing strict guidelines on the treatment of sex, crime, religion and violence in film for the next 38 years

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1931-02-14 The original "Dracula" film starring Bela Lugosi as the titular vampire, is released

  • 1931-03-14 1st theater built for rear movie projection (NYC)

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1931-04-06 "A Connecticut Yankee" film based on novel by Mark Twain, directed by David Butler, starring Will Rogers is released

Humorist Will Rogers
Humorist
Will Rogers
Author Mark Twain
Author
Mark Twain

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1931-04-23 US gangster film "The Public Enemy" starring James Cagney and Jean Harlow premieres

  • 1931-05-11 "M" Fritz Lang's first sound film starring Peter Lorre premieres in Berlin

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1931-11-21 Horror film "Frankenstein" is released, starring Boris Karloff as the monster, directed by James Whale and based on Mary Shelley's 1818 novel "Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus"

Actor Boris Karloff
Actor
Boris Karloff
Frankenstein Author Mary Shelley
Frankenstein Author
Mary Shelley
  • 1932-07-28 "White Zombie" - 1st feature length zombie film directed by Victor Halperin and starring Bela Lugosi is released in the US

Film release premierFilm Premier

1932-10-22 Film "Red Dust" directed by Victor Fleming, starring Clark Gable, Jean Harlow and Mary Astor premieres

Actor Clark Gable
Actor
Clark Gable
Actress Jean Harlow
Actress
Jean Harlow
Actress Mary Astor
Actress
Mary Astor

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1932-12-22 Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers 1st joint movie "Flying Down to Rio," directed by Thornton Freeland, premieres in NYC

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers
  • 1932-12-22 "The Mummy" directed by Karl Freund and starring Boris Karloff is released in the US - 1st Mummy horror film

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1933-07-06 "Nertsery Rhymes" short film starring Ted Healy and His Stooges premieres, one of the first film appearance of The Three Stooges

Comedian Moe Howard
Comedian
Moe Howard
  • 1933-11-17 Marx brothers film "Duck Soup" directed by Leo McCarey and starring the Marx Brothers is released in the US

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1933-12-21 Fox Films signs Shirley Temple aged 5, to a studio contract

Actress and Diplomat Shirley Temple
Actress and Diplomat
Shirley Temple

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1934-12-21 French film "Zouzou" premieres in Paris, starring Josephine Baker; 1st black woman to star in a major motion picture

Dancer, Singer, Spy and Civil Rights Activist Josephine Baker
Dancer, Singer, Spy and Civil Rights Activist
Josephine Baker

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1935-03-28 Influential Nazi Propaganda film "Triumph of the Will" released showing Nuremberg rallies, commissioned by Adolf Hitler and directed by Leni Riefenstahl

Film director Leni Riefenstahl
Film director
Leni Riefenstahl
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler

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1935-09-06 "Steamboat Round the Bend" film directed by John Ford and starring Will Rogers released weeks after Rogers' death

Film director John Ford
Film director
John Ford
Humorist Will Rogers
Humorist
Will Rogers
  • 1936-02-05 "Modern Times", silent film directed by, written by and starring Charlie Chaplin, is released
  • 1936-02-07 Felix the Cat, animated film released by Van Beuren Studios licensed from Otto Messmer

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1937-12-21 The first full-length animated feature film and the earliest in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", premieres at the Carthay Circle Theatre

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney

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1938-02-16 "Bringing Up Baby" film directed by Howard Hawks, starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant, is released

Film release premierFilm Premier

1938-03-10 "Jezebel" film premieres directed by William Wyler, starring Bette Davis and Henry Fonda, from the play by Owen Davis

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis
Actor Henry Fonda
Actor
Henry Fonda

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1939-02-10 "Stagecoach" western film directed by John Ford, starring Claire Trevor and John Wayne, premieres in Miami

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1939-03-31 "The Hound of Baskervilles" first of 14 films starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson is released

  • 1939-06-12 Shooting begins on Paramount Pictures' Dr. Cyclops, the first horror film photographed in three-strip Technicolor.

Film PremierThe Wizard of Oz

1939-08-15 "The Wizard of Oz", American musical fantasy film directed by Victor Fleming and King Vidor, premieres at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, starring Judy Garland (Dorothy), Ray Bolger (Scarecrow), Jack Haley (Tin Man), Bert Lahr (Cowardly Lion), Frank Morgan (Wizard), Billie Burke (Glinda), and Margaret Hamilton (Wicked Witch)

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Publicity still of the Wizard of Oz, showing the Tin Man, Scarecrow, Dorothy and Cowardly Lion
Publicity still of the Wizard of Oz, showing the Tin Man, Scarecrow, Dorothy and Cowardly Lion
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  • 1940-01-19 The Three Stooges film "You Nazty Spy!" about the Nazis released with the disclaimer "Any resemblance between the characters in this picture and any persons, living or dead, is a miracle."
  • 1940-02-07 Walt Disney's second feature length movie, "Pinocchio" premieres (NYC)
  • 1940-02-23 Walt Disney's animated movie "Pinocchio" released

Film release premierFilm Premier

1940-03-14 "The Road to Singapore" directed by Victor Schertzinger starring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour, first of seven such films premieres

Entertainer Bob Hope
Entertainer
Bob Hope
Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • 1940-08-03 German occupiers forbid ritual slaughters & English & French movies
  • 1940-10-15 "The Great Dictator", a satiric social commentary film by and starring Charlie Chaplin released

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1940-10-30 Film premiere of "One Night in the Tropics" first film for Abbott and Costello Paterson New Jersey.

Comedian and Actor Lou Costello
Comedian and Actor
Lou Costello
Comedian and Actor Bud Abbott
Comedian and Actor
Bud Abbott
  • 1940-11-13 "Fantasia" animated film by Walt Disney, starring Leopold Stokowski and Deems Taylor, is released

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1941-03-22 James Stewart is inducted into the Army, becoming the first major American movie star to wear a military uniform in World War II

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1941-03-24 Glenn Miller begins work on his 1st movie for 20th Century Fox

Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer Glenn Miller
Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer
Glenn Miller

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1942-02-05 "Woman of the Year" film directed by George Stevens, starring Katherine Hepburn & Spencer Tracy opens at Radio City

  • 1942-08-21 Walt Disney's animated movie "Bambi", based on the book by Felix Salten, is released

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1822-04-21 Hannibal Goodwin, Episcopal priest who patented a method for making film used in Thomas Edison's Kinetoscope, born in Taughannock, New York (d. 1900)
  • 1863-09-21 John Bunny, American film comedian, born in NYC, New York (d. 1915)
  • 1863-12-25 Charles Pathé, French pioneer of film and record industries (Pathé Brothers, 1896), born in Paris, France (d. 1957)
  • 1867-01-17 Carl Laemmle, German-born film executive (d. 1939)
  • 1870-04-21 Edwin S. Porter, American film pioneer and producer (Jack and the Beanstalk), born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania (d. 1941)
  • 1873-03-11 David Horsley, English-born film executive (d. 1933)
  • 1877-10-29 Narcisa de León, Filipino film mogul, born in San Miguel, Bulacan, Philippines (d. 1966)
  • 1880-04-13 Charles Christie, Canadian film studio owner, born in London, Ontario, Canada (d. 1955)
  • 1888-04-19 William Axt, American film scores composer (The Prisoner of Zenda), born in NYC, New York (d. 1959)
  • 1888-10-03 Roy Webb, American film composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1981)

Person of interestStan Laurel

1890-06-16 Stan Laurel, [Arthur Stanley Jefferson], English comedian (Laurel & Hardy films), born in Ulverston, England (d. 1965)

Comedian and Actor Stan Laurel
Comedian and Actor
Stan Laurel
  • 1891-11-10 Carl W. Stalling, American film composer (Disney's Silly Symphonies; Warner Brothers Cartoons), born in Lexington, Missouri (d. 1972)
  • 1896-08-06 Cyril Mockridge, British composer for film and television (Miracle On 34th Street; The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance), born in London (d. 1979)
  • 1897-09-10 David L. Snell, American pianist and composer for films (MGM Studio), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1967) 
  • 1898-01-16 Margaret Booth, American film editor (d. 2002)
  • 1899-11-17 Douglas Shearer, Canadian film sound engineer (d. 1971)
  • 1900-01-30 Isaak Iosifovich Dunayevsky, Soviet operetta & film composer, born in Lokhvitsa, Russian Empire (d. 1955)
  • 1901-05-01 Heinz Roemheld, American film composer (Yankee Doodle Dandy; Ruby Gentry), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1985)
  • 1905-08-18 Peter Paul Kreuder, German-Austrian pianist and film score composer, born in Aachen, Germany (d. 1981)
  • 1906-08-19 Philo T Farnsworth, American inventor (created electronic television, video camera tube), born in Beaver, Utah (d. 1971)
  • 1906-12-24 Franz Waxman, German film composer, born in Chorzów, Poland (d. 1967)
  • 1907-08-19 Jiří Srnka, Czech classical and film score composer, born in Písek, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1982)
  • 1908-04-18 Eric Spear, British film and TV composer (Coronation Street theme), born in Croydon, Surrey (d. 1966)

Person of interestOskar Schindler

1908-04-28 Oskar Schindler, Austrian businessman and subject of the novel "Schindler's Ark" and the film "Schindler's List", born in Zwittau, Austria-Hungary (d. 1974)

Industrialist Oskar Schindler
Industrialist
Oskar Schindler
  • 1908-11-29 N. S. Krishnan, Tamil film comedian (d. 1957)
  • 1909-06-17 Ralph E. Winters, Canadian film editor, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2004)
  • 1910-08-01 Walter Scharf, American film composer, born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1912-05-10 Harold Myers, film journalist
  • 1912-08-04 David Raksin, American composer renown for his work in film and TV (Laura, Modern Times), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2004)
  • 1913-03-22 Lew Wasserman, American film studio executive (d. 2002)
  • 1913-05-30 Cedric Thorpe Davie, British composer of film scores and pedagogue (The Green Man; St. Andrews University), born in Lewisham, London (d. 1986)
  • 1914-05-31 Akira Ifukube, Japanese composer, best known for his film scores in the Godzilla films, born in Kushiro Hokkaido, Japan (d. 2006)
  • 1914-08-19 Fumio Hayasaka, Japanese film score composer (Rashomon; Seven Samurai), born Sendai, Honshū, Japan (d. 1955)
  • 1916-01-04 Lionel Newman, American film music composer (Peyton Place), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1989)
  • 1916-05-16 Adriana Caselotti, voice of Snow White in Disney's animated film, born in Bridgeport, Connecticut (d. 1997)
  • 1917-01-26 Louis Zamperini, American World War II veteran whose story of capture by the Japanese inspired the movie "Unbroken", born in Olean, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1917-02-07 Milton "Milt" Holland, American drummer, percussionist, ethnomusicologist (film Tinkerbell's tinkle, Bewitched's nose tinkle), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2005)
  • 1918-01-13 George "Bud" Hamilton, American film make-up artist (Westmore family), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1973)
  • 1918-08-26 Katherine Johnson, American NASA mathematician (portrayed in film Hidden Figures), born in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia (d. 2020)
  • 1919-12-14 Felix the Cat, anthropomorphic cartoon character created in the silent film era by Pat Sullivan and Otto Messmer
  • 1920-05-08 Saul Bass, American graphic designer of logos and film titles, born in NYC, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1921-07-13 Ernest Gold [Goldner], Austrian-born American film composer (Exodus), born in Vienna (d. 1999)
  • 1921-09-05 Jack Valenti, American political advisor and film executive, born in Houston, Texas (d. 2007)
  • 1921-11-09 Ivo Rudolph Jarosy, German-British film scholar and exhibitor, born in Berlin (d. 1996)
  • 1922-05-24 Sadao Bekku, Japanese classical and film composer (Matango), born in Tokyo (d. 2012)
  • 1922-09-15 Bob Anderson, English Olympic Fencer, renowned film fight choreographer (Star Wars, Lord of the Rings) (d.2012)
  • 1922-10-17 Pierre Juneau, Canadian film and broadcast executive, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2012)
  • 1922-12-16 Cy Leslie, American music and video executive (d. 2008)
  • 1923-04-09 Dann Cahn, American film editor (I Love Lucy, Beverly Hillbillies), born in Hollywood, California (d. 2012)
  • 1923-07-22 Mukesh [Mathur], Indian "playback singer" for Bollywood films, born in Delhi, British India (d. 1976)
  • 1924-04-17 Donald Richie, American-born author and (Japanese) film critic, born in Lima, Ohio (d. 2013)
  • 1925-07-19 Sue Thompson [Eva Sue Mckee], American pop and country music singer ("Sad Movies (Make Me Cry"), born in Nevada, Missouri
  • 1925-07-29 Mikis Theodorakis, Greek classical and film music composer (Raven; Zorba the Greek; Serpico), born on the island of Chios, Greece
  • 1926-10-18 John Morris, American film and Broadway composer who commonly worked alongside Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder, born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (d. 2018)
  • 1927-08-20 Geriatric1927 [Peter Oakley], English video blogger, born in Norwich, Norfolk, England (d. 2014)
  • 1928-04-04 Monty Norman, English singer and film composer (James Bond Theme), born in London

Person of interestJohn Nash

1928-06-13 John Nash, American mathematician (subject of movie "A Beautiful Mind") and Nobel laureate, born in Bluefield, West Virginia

Mathematician and Economist John Nash
Mathematician and Economist
John Nash
  • 1928-11-10 Ennio Morricone, Italian composer and musician (film soundtracks for The Mission and The Hateful Eight), born in Rome, Italy (d. 2020)
  • 1929-04-08 WIlliam K Everson, film historian
  • 1929-06-11 Lennie Niehaus, American jazz saxophonist and film composer (Clint Eastwood films), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2020)
  • 1929-11-07 Ruggero Mastroianni, Italian film editor (Giulietta degli spiriti), born in Turin, Italy (d. 1996)
  • 1929-11-14 Jimmy Piersall, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1954, 56; his bipolar disorder subject book & film, "Fear Strikes Out"), born in Waterbury, Connecticut (d. 2017)
  • 1930-01-10 Roy E. Disney, American film executive & CEO of Disney, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2009)
  • 1930-09-09 Frank Lucas, American drug kingpin (fictionalised in 2007 film "American Gangster"), born in La Grange, North Carolina (d. 2019)
  • 1931-01-27 John Hopkins, English TV, film and stage writer (Z-Cars), born in London (d. 1998)
  • 1931-04-27 Krzysztof Komeda, Polish jazz and film composer and pianist (Rosemary's Baby), born in Poznań, Poland (d. 1969)

Person of interestJohn Williams

1932-02-08 John Williams, American composer responsible for some of the most recognizable film scores (Jaws, Star Wars, Harry Potter, India Jones, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial), born in NYC, New York

Composer John Williams
Composer
John Williams
  • 1932-04-26 Francis Lai, French film music composer (Love Story), born in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France (d. 2018)
  • 1932-05-03 Robert Osborne, American film historian (Turner Classic Movies), born in Colfax, Washington (d. 2017)
  • 1932-07-17 Wojciech Kilar, Polish classical and film score composer (Bram Stoker's Dracula; The Pianist), born in Lwów, Second Polish Republic (now Ukraine) (d. 2013)
  • 1932-07-20 Nam June Paik, Seoul Korea, video artist (Medium is the Medium)
  • 1932-11-04 David Shipman, English film historian, born in Norwich, Norfolk, England (d. 1996)
  • 1933-11-03 John Barry [Prendergast], English film score composer (James Bond films; Born Free), born in York, England (d. 2011)
  • 1934-05-10 Jeanine Basinger, American film scholar
  • 1934-06-12 John A. Alonzo, American cinematographer (pioneered handheld work, lighting techniques and HD video development), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2001)
  • 1935-07-31 Mort Crim, American broadcast journalist, author, and inspiration for the Ron Burgundy character in the "Anchorman" films, born in West Frankfort, Illinois
  • 1936-05-05 Patrick Gowers, British film scores composer (Hamlet), born in Islington, England (d. 2014)
  • 1936-05-12 Klaus Doldinger, German jazz saxophonist (Passport) and composer for film, born in Berlin
  • 1936-10-28 Carl Davis, American conductor and composer for silent films, born in NYC, New York
  • 1937-03-22 Angelo Badalamenti, American film composer (Twin Peaks, The Straight Story, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1938-06-02 Kevin Brownlow, English film historian and author
  • 1939-04-03 François de Roubaix, French film score composer, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (d. 1975)
  • 1939-06-03 Steve Dalkowski, American baseball player and inspiration for Bull Durham film, born in New Britain, Connecticut (d. 2020)
  • 1939-09-29 Molly Haskell, American film critic
  • 1939-11-02 Richard Serra, American sculptor and video artist, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1940-05-11 Juan Downey, Chilean video artist (d. 1993)
  • 1942-04-13 Bill Conti, American film score composer (Rocky, The Right Stuff), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1942-09-27 Dith Pran, Cambodian photojournalist, survivor of the Cambodian genocide and subject of the movie "The Killing Fields", born in Siem Reap, Cambodia (d. 2008)
  • 1943-07-07 Joel Siegel, American film critic (d. 2007)
  • 1943-07-12 Walter Murch, American film editor and sound engineer (Apocalypse Now), born in NYC, New York
  • 1944-05-25 John Bunnell, former Sheriff of Multnomah County, Oregon and TV personality (World's Wildest Police Videos), born in Pendleton, Oregon
  • 1945-08-21 Basil Poledouris, American film score composer (The Hunt For Red October), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2006)
  • 1945-09-25 Reynold Henry Weidenaar, American video artist and composer, born in East Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 1945-11-14 Paul Hirsch, American film editor
  • 1946-08-26 Mark Snow [Martin Fulterman], American television and film composer (The X-Files theme), born in New York City
  • 1946-10-18 Howard Shore, Canadian film composer (Lord of the Rings Trilogy), born in Toronto, Canada
  • 1947-05-13 Edgar Burcksen, Dutch film editor
  • 1948-04-15 Michael Kamen, American composer and arranger (film scores to Brazil and Mr. Holland's Opus; Pink Floyd), born in NYC, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1948-10-03 Michael Medved, American film critic
  • 1949-06-09 Francis Monkman, British film composer, musician and songwriter (Curved Air, Sky) born in Hampstead, North London

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

1940-03-07 Comedian Oliver Hardy (48) marries film assistant Virginia Lucille Jones (30)

Comic Actor Oliver Hardy
Comic Actor
Oliver Hardy

LoveWedding of Interest

1951-11-07 Entertainer Frank Sinatra (34) marries 2nd wife film star Ava Gardner (26)

Actress Ava Gardner
Actress
Ava Gardner
Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 1992-07-18 Film critic Roger Ebert marries Chaz Hammel-Smith

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1900-12-31 Hannibal Goodwin, Episcopal priest who patented a method for making film used in Thomas Edison's Kinetoscope, dies at 78
  • 1919-02-16 Vera Kholodnaya, Russian film star (b. 1893)
  • 1920-08-02 Ormer Locklear, American movie stunt pilot (The Great Air Robbery), dies at 28
  • 1955-07-25 Isaak Iosifovich Dunayevsky, Soviet operetta and film composer, dies at 55
  • 1955-10-01 Charles Christie, American film studio owner, dies at 75
  • 1955-10-15 Fumio Hayasaka, Japanese film score composer (Rashomon; Seven Samurai), dies of tuberculosis at 41

Person of interestOliver Hardy

1957-08-07 Oliver Hardy, American comedian (Laurel & Hardy films), dies at 65

Comic Actor Oliver Hardy
Comic Actor
Oliver Hardy
  • 1957-11-29 Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Austrian-American composer (Violanta, The Adventures of Robin Hood), dies at 60
  • 1957-12-26 Charles Pathé, French pioneer of film and record industries (Pathé Brothers, 1896), dies at 93
  • 1959-02-13 William Axt, American film scores composer (The Prisoner of Zenda), dies at 70

Person of interestStan Laurel

1965-02-23 Stan Laurel, British comedian (Laurel & Hardy films), dies of a heart attack at 74

Comedian and Actor Stan Laurel
Comedian and Actor
Stan Laurel
  • 1966-02-06 Narcisa de León, Filipino film mogul, dies at 88
  • 1966-11-03 Eric Spear, British film and TV composer (Coronation Street theme), dies at 58
  • 1967-03-27 David L. Snell, American pianist and composer for films (MGM Studio), dies at 69
  • 1969-03-04 Nicholas Schenck, Russian-born film empresario (b. 1881)
  • 1969-04-23 Krzysztof Komeda, Polish jazz and film composer and pianist (Rosemary's Baby), dies of head injuries as the result of a fall at 37
  • 1971-01-05 Douglas Shearer, Canadian film engineer (b. 1899)
  • 1971-03-11 Philo Farnsworth, American inventor (created electronic television, video camera tube), dies of pneumonia at 64
  • 1971-08-16 Spyros Skouras, Greek-born American movie executive (20th Century Fox), dies at 78
  • 1972-11-29 Carl W. Stalling, American film composer (Disney's Silly Symphonies; Warner Brothers Cartoons), dies at 81
  • 1973-06-24 George "Bud" Hamilton Westmore, American film make-up artist (Westmore family), dies after a heart attack at 55

Person of interestOskar Schindler

1974-10-09 Oskar Schindler, Austrian businessman and subject of the novel "Schindler's Ark" and the film "Schindler's List", dies at 66

Industrialist Oskar Schindler
Industrialist
Oskar Schindler
  • 1975-11-22 François de Roubaix, French film score composer, dies in diving accident at 36
  • 1976-08-27 Mukesh [Mathur], Indian "playback singer" for Bollywood films, dies of a heart attack at 53
  • 1979-01-18 Cyril Mockridge, British composer for film and television (Miracle On 34th Street; The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance), dies at 82
  • 1980-08-04 Diego Fabbri, Italian playwright and leader (Vatican movie bureau), dies at 69
  • 1981-02-06 Hugo Montenegro, American film music composer (b. 1925)
  • 1981-06-28 Peter Paul Kreuder, German-Austrian pianist and film score composer, dies at 75
  • 1982-01-31 Jiří Srnka, Czech classical and film score composer, dies at 74
  • 1982-12-10 Roy Webb, American film composer, dies at 94
  • 1983-01-18 Cedric Thorpe Davie, British composer of film scores and pedagogue (The Green Man; St. Andrews University), dies at 69
  • 1985-02-11 Heinz Roemheld, American film composer (Yankee Doodle Dandy; Ruby Gentry), dies of pneumonia at 83
  • 1986-11-21 Dar Robinson, American film stuntman (b. 1947)
  • 1988-11-04 Milton "Milt" Holland, American drummer, percussionist, ethnomusicologist (film Tinkerbell's tinkle, Bewitched's nose tinkle), dies at 88
  • 1991-10-28 John Korbal, film historian (Marlene Dietrich), dies at 51
  • 1992-01-12 Sadao Bekku, Japanese classical and film composer (Matango), dies at 89
  • 1992-07-12 Reginald Beck, English film editor (Robbery, Accident, Boom), dies
  • 1993-02-17 George E Wilburn, film editor, dies of emphysema at 77
  • 1993-08-22 Don Getz, American filmmaker (Playpoint), dies at 50
  • 1994-03-17 Harold Myers, film journalist, dies at 81
  • 1994-07-23 Hans J Salter, Austrian-American film composer (The Wolf Man, Christmas Holiday, This Love Of Ours), dies at 98
  • 1996-03-28 Barbara McLean, film Editor, dies at 86
  • 1996-04-14 William K Everson, film historian, dies at 67
  • 1996-04-22 David Shipman, English film historian, dies at 63
  • 1996-04-25 Saul Bass, American graphic designer of logos and film titles (Psycho), dies at 75
  • 1996-05-01 Ivo Rudolph Jarosy, German-British film scholar and exhibitor, dies at 74
  • 1996-09-09 Ruggero Mastroianni, Italian film editor (Giulietta degli spiriti), dies at 66
  • 1997-01-19 Adriana Caselotti, voice of Snow White in Disney's animated film, dies at 70
  • 1997-12-23 Hrvoje Horvatic, video artist, dies at 39
  • 1998-07-23 John Hopkins, English TV, film and stage writer (Z-Cars), dies at 67
  • 1999-02-20 Gene Siskel, American film critic (b. 1946)
  • 1999-03-17 Ernest Gold, Austrian-born American film composer (Exodus), dies at 77
  • 2001-03-13 John A. Alonzo, American cinematographer (pioneered handheld work, lighting techniques and HD video development), dies at 66
  • 2001-09-03 Pauline Kael, American film critic (b. 1919)
  • 2002-04-04 Harry L. O'Connor, Czech film stuntman
  • 2002-10-28 Margaret Booth, American film editor (b. 1898)
  • 2003-02-24 Walter Scharf, American film composer, dies at 92
  • 2003-11-18 Michael Kamen, American composer and arranger (film scores to Brazil and Mr. Holland's Opus; Pink Floyd), dies from a heart attack at 55
  • 2004-02-26 Ralph E. Winters, Canadian film editor, dies at 94
  • 2004-08-09 David Raksin, American composer renown for his work in film and TV (Laura, Modern Times), dies at 92
  • 2004-08-18 Elmer Bernstein, American movie music composer (The Magnificent Seven, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Age Of innocence, Thoroughly Modern Mille), dies at 82
  • 2005-01-09 Gonzalo Gavira, Mexican film sound technician (b. 1925)
  • 2005-12-14 Trevanian [Rodney William Whitaker], American film scholar & author, dies at 74
  • 2006-02-08 Akira Ifukube, Japanese composer, best known for his film scores in the Godzilla films, dies at 91
  • 2006-11-08 Basil Poledouris, American film score composer, dies of cancer at 61
  • 2007-04-26 Jack Valenti, American political advisor & film executive, dies at 85
  • 2007-06-29 Joel Siegel, American film critic (b. 1943)
  • 2007-12-23 Michael Kidd, American film and stage choreographer (b. 1915)
  • 2008-03-30 Dith Pran, Cambodian photojournalist, survivor of the Cambodian genocide and subject of the movie "The Killing Fields", dies of pancreatic cancer at 65
  • 2009-01-05 Ned Tanen, American movie executive (b. 1931)
  • 2009-12-19 Kim Peek, American prodigious savant and inspiration for the 1988 film Rain Man (b. 1951)
  • 2010-03-25 Pål Bang-Hansen, Norwegian film critic and television personality (b. 1937)
  • 2010-11-16 Ronni Chasen, American film publicist (b. 1946)
  • 2011-01-30 John Barry [Prendergast], English film score composer (James Bond films; Born Free), dies at 77
  • 2012-01-01 Bob Anderson, English fencer & film fight choreographer (Lord of the Rings, Die Another Day), dies at 90
  • 2012-02-21 Pierre Juneau, Canadian film and broadcast executive, dies at 89
  • 2012-06-20 Andrew Sarris, American movie critic (Village Voice), dies at 83
  • 2012-10-21 Dann Cahn, American film editor, dies of natural causes at 89
  • 2013-01-22 Leslie Frankenheimer, American film set designer, dies from leukaemia at 64
  • 2013-02-19 Donald Richie, American-born author and (Japanese) film critic, dies at 88
  • 2013-04-04 Roger Ebert, American film critic (Pulitzer Prize 1975), dies of cancer at 70
  • 2013-05-07 Ray Harryhausen, American movie special effect artist (Clash of Titans), dies at 92
  • 2013-12-29 Wojciech Kilar, Polish classical and film score composer (Bram Stoker's Dracula; The Piano), dies from cancer at 81
  • 2014-03-23 Geriatric1927 [Peter Oakley], English video blogger, dies at 86
  • 2014-07-02 Louis Zamperini, American World War II veteran whose story of capture by the Japanese inspired the movie "Unbroken", dies at 97
  • 2014-12-30 Patrick Gowers, British film scores composer (Hamlet), dies at 78

Person of interestJohn Nash

2015-05-23 John Nash, American mathematician (subject of movie "A Beautiful Mind") and Nobel laureate, dies in a car crash at 86

Mathematician and Economist John Nash
Mathematician and Economist
John Nash
  • 2015-06-22 James Horner, American film composer (Titanic; Apollo 13; Avatar), dies in a plane crash at 61
  • 2017-03-06 Robert Osborne, American film historian (Turner Classic Movies), dies at 84
  • 2017-06-03 Jimmy Piersall, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1954, 56; his bipolar disorder subject book & film, "Fear Strikes Out"), dies at 87
  • 2018-01-25 John Morris, American film and Broadway composer who commonly worked alongside Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder, dies of a respiratory infection at 91
  • 2018-05-08 Anne V. Coates, British film editor (1962 Oscar, Lawrence of Arabia), dies at 92
  • 2018-11-07 Francis Lai, French film music composer (Love Story), dies at 86
  • 2019-01-26 Michel Legrand, French composer, film arranger and jazz musician (Summer of '42, Windmills of Your Mind), dies at 86
  • 2019-05-30 Frank Lucas, American drug kingpin (fictionalised in 2007 film "American Gangster"), dies at 88
  • 2020-02-24 Katherine Johnson, American NASA mathematician (portrayed in film Hidden Figures), dies at 101
  • 2020-04-19 Steve Dalkowski, American baseball player and inspiration for Bull Durham film, dies of COVID-19 complications at 80
  • 2020-05-28 Lennie Niehaus, American jazz saxophonist and film composer (Clint Eastwood films), dies at 90
  • 2020-07-06 Ennio Morricone, Italian composer and musician (film soundtracks for The Mission and The Hateful Eight), dies at 91