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1894 in Film & Television History

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 7 William K.L. Dickson captures "Fred Ott's Sneeze" as a motion picture at Thomas Edison's Black Mariah Studio, West Orange, New Jersey [1]
  • Jan 9 William K.L. Dickson's motion picture "Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze" aka "Fred Ott's Sneeze" receives first US copyright for the format; it was filmed a few days earlier at Edison Studio, West Orange, New Jersey [1]
  • Mar 30 George Bernard Shaw's comedy play "Candida" premieres at Theatre Royal, South Shields, England
  • Apr 14 1st public showing of Thomas Edison's kinetoscope (moving pictures)
  • Sep 8 Employed by Thomas Edison, William K.L. Dickson films first boxing match at West Orange, New Jersey, an exhibition between world heavyweight champion James J. Corbett and Peter Courtney

Actors and Actresses Who Died in 1894

  • Feb 25 Steele MacKaye [James Morrison Steele MacKaye], American playwright and actor (Spectatorium, Paul Kauvar), dies at 51