A look back at this day in film history
October 16
October 16, 1894
Ride 'em Cowboy

On Wednesday 16 October 1894, rodeo star Lee Martin from Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show rode a wild bronco for the cameras of W. K. Dickson. Performed in a makeshift rodeo just outside Thomas Edison’s “Black Mariah,” the first movie production studio located in West Orange, New Jersey, the early cowboy spectacle was part of a cavalcade of entertainments –– from cock fights and boxers to jugglers and magicians –– that Dickson filmed. Buffalo Bill, who just happed to be performing in Brooklyn at the time, brought down a range of stars from his traveling show to perform, including Martin, and, then two weeks later, Annie Oakley gave a sharp-shooting demonstration.

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Tim Robbins October 16, 1958
Tim Robbins born

Tim Robbins, a versatile actor, writer, director, and political activist, was born October 16, 1958.

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October 16, 1966
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to... NYC

The Roman comic dramatist Titus Maccius Plautus scored his first movie hit on this day in 1966 with the release in New York City of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

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