1914 – Martin Ritt, born on the 2nd Of March in New York City. He was an American director, actor, and playwright who worked in both film and theater.
1939 – His associations with the Group Theater, founded on a Russian model, and the Federal Theater Project (which Congress had stopped funding because of what some anti-New Deal congressmen claimed to be a left-wing political tone to some productions), were also known to HUAC.
1951 – He was finally blacklisted by the television industry when a Syracuse grocer charged him with donating money to Communist China.
1952 – He was acting, directing, and producing teleplays and television programs when he was caught up by the Red Scare and investigations of communist influence in Hollywood and the movie industry.
1956 – The Red Scare had decreased in intensity, and did not prevent him from turning to film and directing. His first film as director was Edge of the City.
1976 – He made the first movie about the Hollywood blacklist, The Front, starring Woody Allen.
1990 – He died at age 76 in Santa Monica, California on the 8th of December.a