Film in History

Events in Film & TV

Events 1 - 100 of 364

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 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, NJ
  • 1894-01-09 "Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze" released in movie theaters
  • 1895-03-22 Auguste & Louis Lumiere show their 1st movie to an invited audience
  • 1895-05-20 1st commercial movie performance (153 Broadway, NYC)
  • 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
  • 1903-01-04 Topsy the elephant is electrocuted by her owners at Luna Park, Coney Island and filmed by Edison Manufacturing movie company
  • 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
  • 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 "The Tramp" in "Kid Auto Races at Venice"

Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian/Actor/Filmaker
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
  • 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

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

Silent Film Star Rudolph Valentino
Silent Film Star
Rudolph Valentino

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1922-03-04 1st vampire film Nosferatu released in Germany, an adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula

Novelist Bram Stoker
Novelist
Bram Stoker
  • 1922-12-03 First successful technicolor movie (Tall of the Sea), shown 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
  • 1926-08-05 1st talkie movie "Don Juan" at Warner Theatre, NY
  • 1926-08-06 Warner Bros premieres Vitaphone sound-on-disc movie system (NY)
  • 1926-08-06 "Don Juan" starring John Barrymore is released, 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
  • 1927-02-05 "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 thirty eight 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
  • 1932-07-28 "White Zombie" - 1st feature length zombie film directed by Victor Halperin and starring Béla Lugos is released in the US

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

AgreementContract of Interest

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

Actress and Diplomat Shirley Temple
Actress and Diplomat
Shirley Temple

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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

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

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

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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)

  • 1940-02-07 Walt Disney's second feature length movie, "Pinocchio" premieres (NYC)
  • 1940-02-23 Walt Disney's animated movie "Pinocchio" released
  • 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
  • 1940-11-13 "Fantasia" animated film by Walt Disney, starring Leopold Stokowski and Deems Taylor, is released
  • 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

  • 1942-06-14 Walt Disney's animated movie "Bambi", based on the book by Felix Salten, is released

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1942-10-22 "Now, Voyager" film directed by Irving Rapper starring Bette Davis, Paul Henreid and Claude Rain premieres in New York

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1943-11-26 Last Judy Garland-Mickey Rooney movie "Girl Crazy" released

Actress Judy Garland
Actress
Judy Garland
  • 1944-01-01 1st feature-length foreign movie "African Journey", shown on TV, NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1944-03-22 American movie star Jimmy Stewart flies his 12th combat mission, leading the 2nd Bomb Wing in an attack on Berlin

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1944-05-04 "Gaslight", starring an 18-year-old Angela Lansbury in her film debut, is released

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1944-07-03 "Double Indemnity" film noir directed by Billy Wilder and starring Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck is released in Baltimore, Maryland

Filmmaker Billy Wilder
Filmmaker
Billy Wilder
  • 1945-03-29 Movie star Jimmy Stewart is promoted to full colonel, one of the few Americans to rise from private to colonel in four years
  • 1945-07-06 Abbott and Costello's film "The Naughty Nineties" released featuring longest version of their "Who's on First" routine

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1946-05-02 "The Postman Always Rings Twice" film based on the novel by James M. Cain, directed by Tay Garnett and starring Lana Turner and John Garfield is released

Actress Lana Turner
Actress
Lana Turner

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1948-01-24 "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre", American adventure film based off B. Traven's novel of the same name, directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart, is released

  • 1948-02-16 1st newsreel telecast, "20th Century Fox-Movietone News", shown on NBC

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1949-12-08 "On the Town", the film adaptation of the Broadway musical, starring Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Ann Miller and Vera-Ellen, is released

Actress Vera-Ellen
Actress
Vera-Ellen
Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 1950-02-15 Walt Disney's animated film "Cinderella" premieres in Boston
  • 1950-08-10 "Sunset Boulevard", American film noir directed by Billy Wilder and starring William Holden and Gloria Swanson, premieres at Radio City Music Hall in NYC
  • 1951-01-28 "La Vie Commence Demain", which depicted artificial insemination & is the 1st X-rated movie, opened in London
  • 1951-07-28 Walt Disney's animated musical film "Alice In Wonderland" released
  • 1952-07-21 "The Quiet Man" film directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara is released in the UK

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1952-07-24 "High Noon", American Western film directed by Fred Zinnemann, starring Gary Cooper and Thomas Mitchell, is released

  • 1952-08-29 New York premiere of history-based film "The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima"

Birthdays in Film & TV

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 101

  • 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 (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 (d. 1941)
  • 1873-03-11 David Horsley, English-born film executive (d. 1933)
  • 1877-10-29 Narcisa de Leon, Filipino film mogul (d. 1966)
  • 1880-04-13 Charles Christie, Canadian film studio owner (d. 1955)
  • 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 Stalling, American film composer, born in Lexington, Missouri (d. 1972)
  • 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 and film composer, born in Lokhvitsa, Russian Empire (d. 1955)
  • 1901-05-01 Heinz Eric Roemheld, American film composer (d. 1985)
  • 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 (d. 1967)
  • 1908-04-18 Eric Spear, British film and TV composer (Coronation Street theme)

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 (d. 2004)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1918-01-13 George "Bud" Hamilton, American film make-up artist (Westmore family), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1973)
  • 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)
  • 1925-07-19 Sue Thompson, [Eva Sue Mckee], pop and country music singer ("Sad Movies (Make Me Cry"), born in Nevada, Missouri
  • 1926-10-18 John Morris, American film and Broadway composer who commonly worked alongside Mel Gibson and Gene Wilder, born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (d. 2018)
  • 1927-08-20 Geriatric1927, English video blogger
  • 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
  • 1929-04-08 WIlliam K Everson, film historian
  • 1929-11-07 Ruggero Mastroianni, film editor
  • 1930-01-10 Roy Edward Disney, American film executive and CEO of Disney
  • 1931-01-27 John Hopkins, English TV, film and stage writer (Z-Cars), born in London (d. 1998)

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
  • 1932-05-03 Robert Osborne, American film historian (Turner Classic Movies), born in Colfax, Washington (d. 2017)
  • 1932-07-20 Nam June Paik, Seoul Korea, video artist (Medium is the Medium)
  • 1932-11-04 David Shipman, film historian
  • 1934-05-10 Jeanine Basinger, American film scholar
  • 1936-05-12 Klaus Doldinger, German jazz saxophonist (Passport) and composer for film, born in Berlin
  • 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)
  • 1939-09-29 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)
  • 1941-04-23 Michael Lynne, American film producer (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 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
  • 1945-08-21 Basil Poledouris, American film score composer, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2006)
  • 1945-11-14 Paul Hirsch, American film editor
  • 1946-10-18 Howard Shore, Canadian film composer
  • 1947-05-13 Edgar Burcksen, Dutch film editor
  • 1948-10-03 Michael Medved, American film critic
  • 1950-03-26 Alan Silvestri, American film score composer (Back To The Future, Forrest Gump), born in NYC, New York
  • 1951-06-09 James Newton Howard, American film composer
  • 1951-07-19 Abel Ferrara, American filmmake
  • 1951-08-19 Gustavo Santaolalla, Argentine film composer
  • 1952-05-28 Russell J. Wintner, American film executive
  • 1953-04-06 Patrick Doyle, Scottish film composer (Artemis Fowl, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Thor), born in Uddingston, Scotland
  • 1953-12-17 Samuel Hadida, film distributor
  • 1954-11-21 Thomas Rothman, American film executive
  • 1955-05-20 Zbigniew Preisner, Polish film composer
  • 1956-05-07 Anne Dudley, British classical and film composer (The Full Monty), born in Beckenham, Kent
  • 1956-08-17 Gail Berman, American film executive
  • 1958-04-04 Hrvoje Horvatic, video artist
  • 1959-10-17 Richard Roeper, American film critic
  • 1960-01-03 Sandeep Marwah Founder of Film City, Noida, India
  • 1960-08-01 Richard Roeper, American columnist and film critic
  • 1960-11-10 Neil Gaiman, English writer of graphic novels, films and fiction (American Gods, The Graveyard Book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane), born in Portchester, Hampshire, England
  • 1960-12-11 Rachel Portman, English film composer
  • 1961-08-23 Alexandre Desplat, French film composer (The Grand Budapest Hotel), born in Paris, France
  • 1962-03-13 Terence Blanchard, American jazz trumpeter (Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers) and film score composer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1962-06-23 Kevin Yagher, TV/film special effects technician
  • 1963-07-02 Mark Kermode, British film critic
  • 1964-02-25 Steve Nevius, film editor (Eden, Fall Time, Damascus)

Person of interestTrent Reznor

1965-05-17 Trent Reznor, American musician (9 Inch Nails) and film score composer, born in Mercer, Pennsylvania

Musician Trent Reznor
Musician
Trent Reznor
  • 1966-10-07 Marco Beltrami, Italian-American film composer
  • 1969-09-13 Tyler Perry, American filmmaker (Tyler Perry's House of Payne), author and songwriter, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1970-08-18 Greg Dean Schmitz, American online film journalist, born in Falmouth, Massachusetts
  • 1970-10-08 Tetsuya Nomura, Japanese video-game designer
  • 1974-07-22 Viktoria Tolstoy [Louise Viktoria Kjellberg], Swedish jazz singer (Meet Me at the Movies), born in Sigtuna Municipality, Sweden
  • 1975-06-14 Bob Nanna, American musician (Braid, Hey Mercedes, The City on Film)
  • 1979-06-27 Benjamin Speed, Australian musician and film composer
  • 1982-04-29 Kamran Jawaid, Pakistani film critic
  • 1987-03-15 Taiwan Brown, video jockey

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

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

Comic Actor Oliver Hardy
Comic Actor
Oliver Hardy

HeartWedding 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)
  • 1955-07-25 Isaak Iosifovich Dunayevsky, Soviet operetta and film composer, dies at 55
  • 1955-10-01 Charles Christie, American film studio owner (b. 1880)

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
  • 1957-12-25 Charles Pathé, French pioneer of film and record industries (Pathé Brothers, 1896), dies at 93

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 Leon, Filipino film mogul (b. 1877)
  • 1966-11-03 Eric Spear, British composer for film and TV (Coronation Street theme)
  • 1969-03-04 Nicholas Schenck, Russian-born film empresario (b. 1881)
  • 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 Stalling, American film composer, dies at 81
  • 1973-06-24 George "Bud" Hamilton, American film make-up artist (Westmore family), dies from 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
  • 1981-02-06 Hugo Montenegro, American film music composer (b. 1925)
  • 1982-12-10 Roy Webb, American film composer, dies at 94
  • 1985-11-19 Stepin Fetchit [Lincoln Perry], American actor (Miracle in Harlem) 1st African American film star, dies of pneumonia 83
  • 1986-11-21 Dar Robinson, American film stuntman (b. 1947)
  • 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, US filmer (Playpoint)
  • 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, 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, film editor, 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
  • 2001-09-03 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)
  • 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)
  • 2006-11-08 Basil Poledouris, American film score composer, dies at 61
  • 2007-04-26 Jack Valenti, American political advisor and 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)
  • 2008-03-04 Leonard Rosenman, American film, television and concert composer (b. 1924)
  • 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, English film score composer (b. 1933)
  • 2012-01-01 Bob Anderson, English Olympic fencer and renowned film fight choreographer, 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
  • 2013-04-04 Roger Ebert, American film critic (Pulitzer Prize 1975), dies of cancer at 70

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, Casper), dies in a plane crash at 61
  • 2017-03-06 Robert Osborne, American film historian (Turner Classic Movies), dies at 84
  • 2018-01-25 John Morris, American film and Broadway composer who commonly worked alongside Mel Gibson and Gene Wilder, dies of a respiratory infection at 91