Films in History

Events in Film & TV

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  • 1895-03-30 British inventor Birt Acres films Oxford and Cambridge boat race
  • 1896-04-23 Vitascope system of movie projection 1st shown at Koster & Bial's Music Hall (NYC)

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1922-05-23 Walt Disney incorporates his 1st film company Laugh-O-Gram Films

Animator Walt Disney
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Walt Disney
  • 1930-04-25 "All Quiet on the Western Front", based on the novel by Erich Maria Remarque, directed by Lewis Milestone and starring Louis Wolheim and Lew Ayres premieres in New York (Outstanding Production 1930)
  • 1931-01-26 "Cimarron" directed by Wesley Ruggles and starring Richard Dix and Irene Dunne premieres in New York. 1st western to win Best Outstanding Production/Picture (1931)
  • 1932-04-12 "Grand Hotel" directed by Edmund Goulding and starring Greta Gabo and John Barrymore premieres in New York, includes the line "I want to be alone" (Best Picture/Production 1932)
  • 1933-01-05 "Cavalcade" based on the play by Noel Coward, directed by Frank Lloyd and starring Diana Wynyard and Clive Brook premieres in New York (Best Production/Picture 1934)

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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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1935-11-08 "Mutiny on the Bounty" directed by Frank Lloyd and starring Charles Laughton and Clark Gable premieres in New York (Best Production/Picture 1936)

  • 1936-06-09 Page Miss Glory (1936), premieres in USA
  • 1937-07-19 Joris Ivens' "Spanish Earth" premieres in Hollywood
  • 1937-08-11 "The Life of Emile Zola" directed by William Dieterle and starring Paul Muni premieres in New York (Best Picture 1938)
  • 1940-07-19 Nazi occupiers in Netherlands forbid anti-nazi films

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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

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1941-05-01 "Citizen Kane", directed & starring Orson Welles, premieres in NY

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1941-10-03 "The Maltese Falcon" directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor premieres in New York City

Actress Mary Astor
Actress
Mary Astor

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1941-10-28 "How Green Was My Valley" based on the novel by Richard Llewellyn, directed by John Ford and starring Walter Pidgeon and Maureen O'Hara premieres in New York (Best Picture 1942)

Film director John Ford
Film director
John Ford

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1944-05-03 "Going My Way", directed by Leo McCary and starring Bing Crosby premieres in New York (Best Picture 1945)

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby

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

  • 1946-11-21 "Best Years of Our Lives", directed by William Wyler and starring Fredric March and Dana Andrew premieres in New York (Best Picture 1947)

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1946-12-20 Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life" starring James Stewart and Donna Reed premieres in New York

Film Director Frank Capra
Film Director
Frank Capra

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1947-11-11 "Gentlemen's Agreement" directed by Elia Karan and starring Gregory Peck and Dorothy McGuire premieres in New York (Best Picture 1948)

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1949-09-28 "My Friend Irma" is 1st of 12 films starring Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • 1949-11-08 "All The King's Men" based on Robert Penn Warren's Pulizer winning novel, directed by Robert Rossen and starring Broderick Crawford premieres in New York (Best Picture 1950)

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1949-12-21 "Samson and Delilah", directed and produced by Cecil B. DeMille, starring Hedy Lamarr and Victor Mature, premieres in New York

Actress and Inventor Hedy Lamarr
Actress and Inventor
Hedy Lamarr
Filmmaker and Director Cecil B. DeMille
Filmmaker and Director
Cecil B. DeMille

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1952-01-10 The Greatest Show on Earth", directed and produced by Cecil B. DeMille, starring James Stewart and Carlton Heston, premieres in New York (Best Picture 1953)

Filmmaker and Director Cecil B. DeMille
Filmmaker and Director
Cecil B. DeMille
  • 1952-11-26 1st modern 3-D movie "Bwana Devil" premieres in Hollywood
  • 1955-04-11 "Marty" directed by Delbert Mann and starring Ernest Borgnine and Betsy Blair premieres in New York (Best Picture 1956)
  • 1956-06-19 Jerry Lewis & Dean Martin end partnership after 16 films

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1956-10-17 "Around the World in 80 Days", based on the book by Jules Verne, directed by Michael Anderson and starring David Nivon and Cantinflas premieres in New York

Novelist Jules Verne
Novelist
Jules Verne

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1958-05-15 "Gigi" based on the story by Colette, directed by Vincent Minnelli and starring Leslie Caron and Maurice Chevalier premieres in New York (Best Picture 1959)

Novelist and Performer Colette
Novelist and Performer
Colette
  • 1959-07-02 "Plan 9 From Outer Space", one of the worse films ever, premieres

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1959-11-18 "Ben-Hur" directed by William Wyler and starring Charlton Heston premieres in New York City (Best Picture 1960)

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1960-02-03 "La Dolce Vita" directed by Federico Fellini and starring Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg has its film premiere in Italy

Actress Anita Ekberg
Actress
Anita Ekberg
Film director, Scriptwriter Federico Fellini
Film director, Scriptwriter
Federico Fellini
  • 1960-03-17 One of the 1st French New Wave films "Breathless" directed by Jean-Luc Godard, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg is released in France

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1960-05-03 Musical "Fantasticks" by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, premieres in NYC (world's longest running musical)

Singer Tom Jones
Singer
Tom Jones

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1960-06-15 "The Apartment" directed by Billy Wilder and starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine premieres in New York (Best Picture 1961)

  • 1961-01-23 Supreme Court rules cities & states have right to censor films

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1962-10-05 "Dr. No", 1st James Bond film based on the novel by Ian Fleming and starring Sean Connery and Ursula Andress, premieres in London

  • 1963-10-10 "From Russia With Love" 2nd James Bond film based on a novel by Ian Fleming, starring Sean Connery and Daniela Bianchi, premieres in London

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1964-10-21 Film version of "My Fair Lady" directed by George Cukor and starring Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn premieres in New York (Best Picture 1965)

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1965-03-02 One of the most popular musical films of all time, "The Sound of Music", starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, is released (Best Picture 1966)

Actor Christopher Plummer
Actor
Christopher Plummer
Actress/Singer Julie Andrews
Actress/Singer
Julie Andrews
  • 1966-12-12 "A Man for All Seasons" based on the play by Robert Bolt, directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Paul Scofield premieres in New York (Best Picture 1967)
  • 1967-06-12 "You Only Live Twice", 5th James Bond film starring Sean Connery, screenplay by Roald Dahl, premieres in London
  • 1967-08-02 "In the Heat of the Night" directed by Norman Jewison and starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger premieres in New York (Best Picture 1968)
  • 1968-02-08 "Planet of the Apes" premieres in New York City
  • 1969-12-18 "On Her Majesty's Secret Service", 6th James Bond Film starring George Lazenby and Diana Rigg, premieres in London

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1970-02-04 "Patton" directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and starring George C. Scott premieres in New York (Best Picture 1971)

US General George S. Patton
US General
George S. Patton
  • 1971-02-14 Movie "Ben Hur" 1st shown on television

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1972-03-15 "The Godfather", based on the book by Mario Puzo, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, premieres in NYC (Best Picture 1973)

Actor Al Pacino
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Al Pacino
Actor Marlon Brando
Actor
Marlon Brando
Novelist Mario Puzo
Novelist
Mario Puzo
  • 1974-10-01 "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" horror film premieres in director Tobe Hooper's hometown, Austin, Texas in the US
  • 1974-10-30 "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" horror film premieres in Los Angeles

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1974-12-19 "The Man with the Golden Gun", 9th James Bond film, starring Roger Moore, Britt Ekland and Christopher Lee, premieres in London

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1976-11-21 "Rocky" directed by John G. Avildsen and starring Sylvester Stallone premieres in New York (Best Picture 1977)

Actor/Director Sylvester Stallone
Actor/Director
Sylvester Stallone

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1977-07-07 "The Spy Who Loved Me", 10th James Bond film starring Roger Moore and Barbara Bach, premieres in London

Actress Barbara Bach
Actress
Barbara Bach
  • 1977-12-14 "Saturday Night Fever" starring John Travolta, premieres in NYC

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1978-10-25 "Halloween", starring Jamie Lee Curtis in her film debut, is released

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1978-12-08 "The Deer Hunter", directed by Michael Cimino and starring Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and Meryl Streep, premieres in Los Angeles (Best Picture 1979)

  • 1979-06-26 "Moonraker", 11th James Bond film starring Roger Moore, premieres in London

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1982-12-01 "Tootsie" directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Dustin Hoffman and Jessica Lange premieres in Hollywood

Actor Dustin Hoffman
Actor
Dustin Hoffman
Film Director, Producer and Actor Sydney Pollack
Film Director, Producer and Actor
Sydney Pollack
  • 1983-11-20 "Terms of Endearment" from the book by Larry McMurtry, directed by James L. Brooks and starring Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger premieres in New York (Best Picture 1984)

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1985-05-22 "A View to a Kill", 14th James Bond film, last to star Roger Moore, also starring Grace Jones and Christopher Walken, premieres in San Francisco

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1986-02-08 The crime film "A Better Tomorrow", starring Yun Fat Chow, premieres in Hong Kong

  • 1988-12-12 "Rainman" directed by Barry Levinson and starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise premieres in New York (Best Picture 1989)

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1991-11-22 "Phool Aur Kaante", the film debut of famous Indian actor Ajay Devgan, is released

Actor & Bollywood Star Ajay Devgan
Actor & Bollywood Star
Ajay Devgan
  • 1992-10-16 1964 "Gilligan's Island" TV pilot 1st shown on TV (TBS)
  • 1993-01-17 14th ACE Cable Awards: Bravo! wins the Golden CableACE for its dedication to films, cultural arts and performing arts programming

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1997-05-19 "The Lost World: Jurassic Park", directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Jeff Goldblum and Julianne Moore, premieres in the US

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1997-12-09 "Tomorrow Never Dies", 18th James Bond film starring Pierce Brosnan and Michelle Yeoh, premieres in London

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1998-11-03 "Shakespeare in Love" directed by John Madden and starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes premieres in New York (Best Picture 1999)

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1999-09-08 "American Beauty", directed by Sam Mendes and starring Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, and Thora Birch, premieres in Los Angeles (Best Picture 2000)

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1999-11-13 "Toy Story 2", directed by John Lasseter, starring Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, premieres in the US

Actor Tom Hanks
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Tom Hanks
Actor Tim Allen
Actor
Tim Allen

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2001-07-16 "Jurassic Park III", starring Sam Neill and William H Macy, premieres in the US

Actor Sam Neill
Actor
Sam Neill

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2001-08-03 The Princess Diaries, starring Anne Hathaway in her film debut, is released

Actress Anne Hathaway
Actress
Anne Hathaway
  • 2002-11-20 "Die Another Day", 20th James Bond film released, directed by Lee Tamahori, starring Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry

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2002-12-05 "The Two Towers" 2nd Lord of the Rings film directed by Peter Jackson and starring Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen premieres in New York

Film Director Peter Jackson
Film Director
Peter Jackson
Actor Elijah Wood
Actor
Elijah Wood
Actor Ian McKellen
Actor
Ian McKellen
  • 2002-12-18 "The Two Towers", 2nd of the Lord of the Rings films is released. Makes US$62 opening weekend and $926 million total worldwide.
  • 2003-12-17 "The Return of the King" 3rd Lord of the Ring films is released. Makes US$72 million opening weekend, 2nd film to gross over 1 billion worldwide.

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2005-11-06 "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire", the 4th film based on the books by J. K. Rowling, premieres in London. Goes on to become most successful film of the year, earning almost US$ 900 million.

Novelist J. K. Rowling
Novelist
J. K. Rowling

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2006-09-26 Martin Scorsese's "The Departed", starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and Mark Wahlberg, premieres in New York City (Best Picture 2007)

Actor & Former Rapper Mark Wahlberg
Actor & Former Rapper
Mark Wahlberg
Actor Matt Damon
Actor
Matt Damon
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio
Actor
Leonardo DiCaprio
  • 2006-11-14 "Casino Royale", 21st James Bond film premieres in London, starring Daniel Craig for the 1st time and Eva Green, premieres in London

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2007-03-23 After some initial hesitation, Emma Watson signs on to appear as Hermione in the final three Harry Potter films

Actress Emma Watson
Actress
Emma Watson

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2008-07-14 "The Dark Knight" directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Christian Bale and Heath Ledger, premieres in New York

  • 2008-10-29 "Quantum of Solace" 22nd James Bond film starring Daniel Craig and Olga Kurylenko, premieres in London

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2008-11-17 "Twilight", based on the book by Stephenie Meyer, directed by Catherine Hardwicke, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattison, premieres in Los Angeles

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2009-11-16 "The Twilight Saga: New Moon", based on the book by Stephenie Meyer, directed by Chris Weitz, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattison, premieres in Los Angeles

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2010-04-26 "Iron Man 2", directed by Jon Favreau, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow, premieres in Los Angeles

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2010-07-08 "Inception", directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, premieres in London, UK

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2011-02-05 Ed Sabol, co-founder of NFL Films, elected for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Ed Sabol
American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Ed Sabol

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2011-04-17 "Thor", directed by Kenneth Branagh, starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman, premieres in Sydney, Australia

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2011-05-07 "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides", directed by Rob Marshall, starring Johnny Depp and Penélope Cruz, premieres in - opening weekend makes $350.6m

  • 2011-07-07 "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2", the last Harry Potter film, premieres in London
  • 2011-07-19 "Captain America: The First Avenger", directed by Joe Johnston, starring Chris Evans and Hayley Atwell, premieres in Los Angeles
  • 2012-04-11 "The Avengers", directed by Joss Whedon and starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlet Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Rennner, premieres in Los Angeles
  • 2012-07-16 "The Dark Knight Rises", directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway, premieres in New York
  • 2012-11-28 "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" 1st of the Hobbit film series, directed by Peter Jackson, starring Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen, premieres in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 2013-04-18 "Iron Man 3", directed by Shane Black, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow, premieres in London
  • 2013-10-22 "Thor: The Dark World", directed by Alan Taylor, starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman, premieres in London
  • 2013-12-02 "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug", 2nd film in the Hobbit series, directed by Peter Jackson, starring Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen, premieres in Los Angeles

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1895-09-26 Fay Holden, actress (Mother-Andy Hardy films), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1911-03-23 Charles Joseph A Russhon, USAF lt col/liaison (James Bond films)

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1916-09-11 Ed Sabol, Atlantic City New Jersey, American filmmaker (NFL Films)

American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Ed Sabol
American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Ed Sabol
  • 1922-02-07 Hattie Jacques, Kent England, actress (Carry on films) (d. 1980)
  • 1927-05-04 Terry (Owen John) Scott, Watford UK, English actor and comedian (Carry On Films)

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1930-08-25 Sean Connery, actor (James Bond films), born in Edinburgh, Scotland

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1942-10-02 Steve Sabol, Moorestown New Jersey, filmmaker (35 Emmy awards, founder of NFL Films)

American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Steve Sabol
American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Steve Sabol
  • 1946-03-21 Timothy Dalton, North Wales, actor (James Bond films)
  • 1946-10-26 Holly Woodlawn, transgender Puerto Rican actress (Warhol films), born in Juana Díaz (d. 2015)

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1950-03-30 Robbie Coltrane, Scottish actor (Harry Potter films) and comedian, born in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire

Actor and Comedian Robbie Coltrane
Actor and Comedian
Robbie Coltrane
  • 1968-03-02 Daniel Craig, English actor (James Bond films), born in Chester

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1967-06-11 Billy Wells, Gong striker for Rank Films, dies at 79
  • 1973-06-23 Fay Holden, actress (Mother-Andy Hardy films), dies at 77
  • 1980-10-06 Hattie Jacques, actress (Make Mine Mink, Carry On films), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 1982-06-26 Charles Russhon, USAF lt col/liaison for James Bond films, dies at 71
  • 1991-05-06 Wilfrid Hyde-White, Brits actor (Peyton Place/140+ films), dies at 87
  • 1994-07-26 Terry (Owen John) Scott, English actor and comedian (Carry On Films) aged 67
  • 2015-12-06 Holly Woodlawn, transgender Puerto Rican actress (Warhol films), dies at 69

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