On This Day

1897 in Film & Television History

Events in Film & TV

  • May 14 Oldest continuously operating movie theater in the world, the State Theatre first opens in Washington, Iowa (Guinness World Records)
  • May 18 Paul Dukas' symphonic scherzo "The Sorcerer’s Apprentice" (used in Disney's Fantasia film) premieres, based on poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Aug 31 Thomas Edison patents the Kinetoscope [kinetographic camera], a device which produces moving pictures
  • Dec 12 Rudolph Dirks' 1st "The Katzenjammer Kids" cartoon strip appears in NY Journal