October 22, 1918: Funnyman Charlie Chaplin, 29, weds 17-year-old actress Mildred Harris in Hollywood, The stormy marriage would last a little over two years.
October 19, 1936: A British court declares that Bette Davis, who wishes to make films in England, must honor her Warners contract and work exclusively for the studio.
October 19, 1938: Buddy Ebsen, cast as the Tin Woodman in The Wizard of Oz, is hospitalized by an allergic reaction to his makeup; Jack Haley will step in.
October 23, 1941: Audiences believe an elephant can fly as Disney’s animated feature Dumbo debuts.
October 20, 1945: Two years after being let go by MGM due to waning popularity, Joan Crawford wins renewed acclaim (and an eventual Oscar) as Mildred Pierce.
October 20, 1947: The House Un-American Activities Committee opens its hearings into Communist activities in the entertainment industry.
October 23, 1950: Al Jolson, legendary entertainer and star of the seminal talkie The Jazz Singer, dies in San Francisco at age 64.
October 24, 1955: The U.S. Supreme Court strikes down as overbroad the Kansas state censorship law used to ban The Moon Is Blue.
October 23, 1960: The Magnificent Seven, which transported the storyline of Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai to the Wild West, opens.
October 19, 1961: After dazzling audiences for four years on Broadway, Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story continues to do so for moviegoers with its film translation.
October 19, 1966: The first instance of a Hollywood studio being swallowed up by a corporate conglomerate occurs when Paramount Pictures is acquired by Gulf + Western.
October 19, 1978: Oscar-winning actor Gig Young, 64, fatally shoots his wife of three weeks and then takes his own life in their Manhattan apartment.
October 25, 1978: John Carpenter’s low-budget shocker Halloween opens in select cities and will become one of the top independent films ever, taking in over $50 million.
October 22, 1982: Sylvester Stallone stars as troubled Vietnam vet John Rambo in the indie action hit First Blood, opening today.
October 21, 1984: Film theorist-turned-director François Truffaut, who spearheaded France’s “New Wave” school, dies at 52.
October 23, 1992: Video store clerk-turned-filmmaker Quentin Tarantino scores a hit with his debut feature, the blood-soaked caper drama Reservoir Dogs.
October 25, 1993: Missing Halloween by six days, horror movie icon Vincent Price dies at the age of 82.
October 20, 1994: Oscar-winning actor Burt Lancaster, who began his show business career as a circus acrobat, passes away from a heart attack at 80.
October 25, 2002: Irish-born actor Richard Harris, whose credits range from A Man Called Horse to the Harry Potter film series, dies from Hodgkin’s disease at 72.