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Today In Movie History

May 21, 2018

Today in 1980, “Star Wars Episode V – Empire Strikes Back”, produced by George Lucas opens in cinemas in UK and North America.

May 17, 2018

Today in 1939, the 1st televised baseball game is broadcast on NBC, with Princeton defeating Columbia 2-1.

May 16, 2018

Today in 1929, the 1st Academy Awards: “Wings”, Emil Jannings & Janet Gaynor win.

May 15, 2018

Today in 1928, Mickey Mouse makes his 1st ever appearance in silent film “Plane Crazy”.

May 14, 2018

Today in 1938, “The Adventures of Robin Hood”, directed by Michael Curtiz, William Keighley and starring Erol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland is released

May 11, 2018

Today in 1880, Steele MacKay’s play “Hazel Kirke” premieres in New York City.

May 10, 2018

Today in 1952, 5th Cannes Film Festival: “The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice” directed by Orson Welles and “Two Cents Worth of Hope” directed by Renato Castellani jointly awarded the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film.

May 9, 2018

Today in 1946, 1st hour long entertainment TV show, “NBC’s Hour Glass” premieres.

May 8, 2018

Today in 1912, Film and television production and distribution studio Paramount Pictures is founded.

May 7, 2018

Today in 1987, Diane Chambers’ (Shelley Long) final episode on TV comedy “Cheers”.

May 4, 2018

Today in 2010, Julia Louis-Dreyfus receives the 2,407th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, although on the original star her name is spelled wrong.

May 3, 2018

Today in 1960, the musical “Fantasticks” premieres in NYC and becomes the world’s longest running musical.

May 2, 2018

Today in 1968, Israeli television begins transmitting.

May 1, 2018

Today in 1939, Batman comics hit the street.

April 30, 2018

Today in 1952, Mr Potato Head becomes the 1st toy advertised on television.

April 27, 2018

Today in 1986, Captain Midnight (John R MacDougall) interrupts HBO.

April 26, 2018

Today in 1984, President Reagan visits China.

April 25, 2018

Today in 1930, “All Quiet on the Western Front”, based on the novel by Erich Maria Remarque premieres in New York.

April 24, 2018

Today in 1955, KMAU TV channel 3 in Wailuku, HI (CBS) began broadcasting.

April 23, 2018

Today in 1896, the Vitascope system of movie projection was first shown.

April 20, 2018

Today in 1971, Barbra Streisand records “We’ve Only Just Begun”.

April 19, 2018

Today in 1934, Shirley Temple appears in her 1st movie, “Stand Up & Cheer”.

April 18, 2018

Today in 1969, Greek actress and activist Melina Mercouri establishes Greek Aid Fund.

April 17, 2018

Today in 1937, was the debut of cartoon characters Daffy Duck, Elmer J Fudd & Petunia Pig.

April 16, 2018

Today in 1787, the 1st American comedy, “The Contrast,” made its debut in NYC.

April 13, 2018

Today in 2015, “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner, premieres in Los Angeles.

April 12, 2018

Today in 1991, the 2,500th episode of Entertainment Tonight airs.

April 11, 2018

Today in 1981, Ronald Reagan arrives home from the hospital after being shot by John Hinckley Jr.

April 10, 2018

Today in 1953, the first color 3-D movie, “House of Wax”, premiers in New York City.

April 9, 2018

Today in 1954, WECT TV channel began broadcasting in Wilmington, North Carolina.

April 6, 2018

Today in 1889, the Kodak flexible rolled film began being sold for the first time.

April 5, 2018

Today in 1949, Fireside Theater debuts on US Television.

April 4, 2018

Today in 1965, Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. was born.

April 3, 2018

Today in 1930, the 2nd Academy Awards took place.

March 23, 2018

1999 “Livin’ la Vida Loca” sung by Ricky Martin released and goes on to sell over 8 million copies

March 22,2018

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

March 21, 2018

Today in 1921, the Walter Kerr Theater (Ritz, CBS, NBC, and ABC) opens in New York City.

March 20, 2018

Today in 1948, the first televised musical premiered on CBS.

March 19, 2018

Today in 2016, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice first premiers in Mexico City.

March 16, 2018

Today in 2005, Robert Blake was acquitted for his wife’s murder.

March 15, 2018

Today in 1954, the “CBS Morning Show” premiers.

March 14, 2018

Today in 1931, the first theater was built for rear movie projection in NYC.

March 13, 2018

Today in 2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier premieres in Los Angeles.

March 8, 2018

Today in 1962, The Beatles had their TV debut and preformed “Dream Baby”.

March 7, 2018

Today in 1955, Mary Martin stars in the first televised “Peter Pan”.

March 6, 2018

Today in 1959, the 11th Emmy Awards takes place.

March 5, 2018

Today in 1963, the 20th Golden Globes takes place.

March 1, 2018

Today in 1975, color transmissions begin in Australia.

February 28, 2018

Today in 1989, the 38th Miss America is crowned from Texas.

February 27, 2018

Today in 1996, the American film production company “Happy Madison Productions” is founded by Adam Sandler.

February 26, 2018

Today in 1953, the 10th Golden Globes took place.

February 23, 2018

Today in 1940, Walt Disney’s animated movie “Pinocchio” is released.

February 22, 2018

Today in 1989, Stephen Hawking calls Star Wars a “deliberate fraud”.

February 21, 2018

Today in 1947 is the first broadcast of the first US soap opera “A Woman to Remember”.

February 20, 2018

Today in 1944, Batman and Robin strip premiers in newspapers.

February 15, 2018

Today in 1950, Disney’s “Cinderella” opens in theaters.

February 14, 2018

Today in 1931, the original film “Dracula” is released.

February 13, 2018

Today in 1961, Frank Sinatra launches a reprise label under Warner Bros Records.

February 12, 2018

Today in 1914, the first feature-length film “The Squaw Man” filmed in Hollywood is released in the United States.

February 9, 2018

Today in 1903, “The Wizard of Oz” musical premiers in New York City.

February 8, 2018

Today in 1926, Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio becomes Walt Disney Studios.

February 7, 2018

Today in 1940, Walt Disney Studios released their second feature length film, “Pinocchio”.

February 6, 2018

Today is U.S. President/Movie Actor Ronald Reagan’s Birthday.

February 5, 2018

Today in 1999, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace opens in theaters.

February 2, 2018

Today in 1970, the 27th Golden Globes takes place.

February 1, 2018

Today in 1953, Ronald Reagan hosts “General Electric Theater” on CBS TV.

January 31, 2018

Today in 1961, Marilyn Monroe’s last movie “The Misfits” premiers in New York City.

January 26, 2018

Today is Ellen Degeneres’ 60th birthday.

January 25, 2018

Today in 1961, Walt Disney’s animated film ‘101 Dalmatians’ was released in the US.

January 24, 2018

Today in 1927 Alfred Hitchcock released his fist film.

January 23, 2018

Today would have been U.S. film actor Humphrey Bogart’s (Casablanca) birthday.

January 22, 2018

10 years ago, movie legend Heath Ledger died after an accidental intoxication from prescription drugs. He is well known for his performance as The Joker in Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight’. For which he received an Oscar. He was not alive when awarded this Oscar.

December 18, 2017

Before dentures, the solution to rotting or missing teeth was pulling teeth from the mouths of dead soldiers.

December 13, 2017

In the Victorian Era, there were tea cups that protected your mustache from getting dunked in your tea.

December 12, 2017

The first proposal for space travel in English history was made by Oliver Cromwell’s brother-in-law.

December 11, 2017

In Early Rome, it was legal for a father to kill any members of his family.

December 7, 2017

In 1929, Princeton researchers turned a live cat into a working telephone.

December 4, 2017

Ancient Greek Philosopher, Chrysippus, died from laughing at his own joke about a donkey drinking wine.

December 1, 2017

The bomb that fell on Berlin in WWII only killed one elephant.

November 28, 2017

The Great Fire of London in 1666, which destroyed over 13,000 buildings, only killed 8 people.

November 27, 2017

Arabic Numerals were actually discovered by Indian mathematicians.

November 21, 2017

Money was once designed in ancient Greece to discourage people from acquiring too much of it.

November 20, 2017

The swastika used to symbolize good and luck until its use by the Nazis.

November 17. 2017

Mark Twain was born and died when the same comet passed through the sky.

November 16, 2017

Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on the same day just hours apart: the fiftieth anniversary of America’s freedom, July 4, 1826.

November 15, 2017

Fourteen years prior to the Titanic’s maiden voyage, in 1898, author Morgan Robertson wrote a book named, ‘The Wreck of the Titan’. Incidentally, these were the exact circumstances as the Titanic, who met her demise in the same way Titan did.

November 14, 2017

According to legend, a marathon got its name because the Athenian army told a messenger to run from Marathon to Athens to deliver the good news of the armies victory and died in Athens 26.2 miles down the road.

November 13, 2017

The first battle of the Civil War took place behind Wilmer McLean’s house. In order to avoid the war, he moved away to a small cottage where Robert E. Lee himself showed up to ask to use the cottage as the formal place of surrender.

November 10, 2017

The car that Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in had the license plate of AIII118. The war that resulted from his assassination ended with an Armistice on 11-11-18

November 9, 2017

The grave of the first and last British WWI Soldier to die are buried 7 yards away from each other.

November 8, 2017

The first Star Wars movie came out the same year as the last guillotine execution in France.

November 7, 2017

The Ottoman Empire still existed when the Cubs won the World Series in 1908.

November 3, 2017

Woolly Mammoths were still alive while the Egyptians were building the pyramids.

November 2, 2017

There are several instances in which ancient Greek and Roman coins have been found in the Americas. Along with this, there have been ancient Egyptian remnants found in Mexico. The strange thing is that there is no evidence of early, far-travelling cultures.

November 1, 2017

Nobody actually knows why the Mayans disappeared so quickly. Some researchers suggest a dramatic food shortage or spread of disease.

October 31, 2017

Halloween originated from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain in which people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. When November 1 was designated as All Saints Day, October 31 was All Hallows Eve which eventually evolved into Halloween.

October 30, 2017

During World War I, the British RMS Carmania, disguised as the German SMS Trafalgar, sunk the actual German SMS Trafalgar which was disguised as the British RMS Carmania.

October 27, 2017

In 1825, Marquis de Lafayette gave president John Quincy Adams a live alligator as a present for giving him a tour of the United States.

October 26, 2017

In 1518, around 400 people took to dancing for days without rest, and, over the period of about one month, some of those affected died of heart attack, stroke, or exhaustion. Nobody knows why they did it in the first place.

October 25, 2017

The Defenestration of Prague was an incident in which multiple people were thrown out of a window in 1618 that helped to trigger the Thirty Years’ War.

October 24, 2017

There are 88 “places” in the United States called Washington, including cities, towns, villages, unincorporated communities and the federal district, all named after our first president, George Washington.

October 23, 2017

The D in D-Day actually stands for day.

October 20, 2017

Albert Einstein was offered the opportunity to become Israel’s President in 1952 but declined.

October 19, 2017

The longest war ever lasted 335 years. It was between the Netherlands and the Isles of Scilly but the strange part is that there were no casualties.

October 18, 2017

Rosa Parks actually had complications with the same bus driver twelve years earlier when she refused to board the bus from the back.

October 17, 2017

The current United States flag was designed by a high school student. He received a B- for his efforts but his teacher changed his grade to an A when congress accepted his flag as the new national design.

October 13, 2017

Nobody actually knows why Friday the thirteenth is considered to be unlucky. One suggestion is because on Friday, 13 October 1307, Philip IV of France arrested hundreds of the Knights Templar.

October 12, 2017

On September 25, 1820, Salem, New Jersey held a trial against tomatoes.

October 10, 2017

George Washington owned one of the largest distilleries in 18th century America.

October 9, 2017

The Japanese once flew across the pacific ocean in hydrogen balloons with bombs attached during World War II. These were considered to be the first aerial weapons.

October 6, 2017

Violet Jessop was an ocean liner stewardess that survived three separate disasters on Olympic-class ocean liners, including the sinking of the RMS Titanic.

October 5, 2017

Roger Babson actually predicted the stock market crash of 1929 and the great depression that followed.

October 4, 2017

During World War II, Americans used to say “Liberty Steak” instead of “Hamburger” to avoid the German sounding name.

October 2, 2017

The original Cinderella was Egyptian and wore fur slippers.

September 28, 2017

The inventor of Pringles had his ashes buried in a Pringles can.

September 27, 2017

In 1959, the USPS successfully delivered 3,000 pieces of mail from Virginia to Florida in 22 minutes via cruise missile.

September 26, 2017

In the Victorian Era, there were tea cups that protected your mustache from getting dunked in your tea.

September 25, 2017

There was a man who survived the bombing in Hiroshima, got to an air raid shelter, and got on the morning train to arrive on time to his job in Nagasaki where he survived another atomic bomb blast.

September 22, 2017

The patent for the fire hydrant was lost in a fire.

September 21 2017

In Early Rome, it was legal for a father to kill any members of his family.

September 20, 2017

Guanajuato mummies were believed to have been buried alive due to the twisted looked on their face when they died.

September 19, 2017

Heroine was once given to children to help alleviate coughing fits.

September 18, 2017

Before alarm clocks, there were knocker-uppers that knocked on your window with a long stick until you were up.

September 15, 2017

The shortest war ever lasted 38 minutes.

September 14, 2017

In 1929, Princeton researchers turned a live cat into a working telephone.

September 13, 2017

The Berlin Wall was taken down by mistake. Gunter Schabowski meant to say that travel restrictions would be lifted but instead said that trips abroad would be possible for every citizen starting immediately, giving people the impression that the wall was being taken down.

September 12, 2017

Bobby Leach, the first man that survived going over Niagara Falls in a barrel, later died of complications after slipping on an orange peel.

September 11, 2017

In the 1980’s A&W tried to one up Mcdonalds by making a “Third Pounder” for the same price as a quarter pounder. The idea didn’t work because most people thought 1/3 was smaller than 1/4 and that they were getting ripped off.

September 8, 2017

Ancient Greek Philosopher, Chrysippus, died from laughing at his own joke about a donkey drinking wine.

September 7, 2017

Betty White is older than sliced bread by 6 years.

September 6, 2017

Mexico once had three presidents in a single day on February 18, 1913.

September 5, 2017

The Austrian Army once fought itself during the Battle of Karánsebes on the night of September 21, 1788.

August 31, 2017

The Z1 was created between 1936 and 1938 and is considered to be the first functional modern computer.