On This Day

May 2019 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • May 1 New York City officially names a street Sesame Street at the intersection of West 63rd Street and Broadway in honor of the show's 50th anniversary

Film & TV History

May 2 The cast of "The Big Bang Theory" are the first TV actors to be immortalized in cement outside Hollywood's Chinese theater in Los Angeles

  • May 2 For the first time all major US pageants won by black women after Cheslie Kryst wins Miss USA. joining Nia Franklin Miss America and Kaliegh Garris Miss Teen USA
  • May 10 YouTube dispute between beauty vloggers James Charles and Tati Westbrook viewed more than 40 million times

Film & TV History

May 11 American actress and #MeToo activist Alyssa Milano urges women to go on a "sex strike" after Georgia state passes new abortion law

BAFTA Awards

May 12 British TV Awards (Baftas): "Killing Eve" Jodie Comer and Benedict Cumberbatch win

Film & TV History

May 13 Actress Felicity Huffman pleads guilty for her part in the US college admissions scandal

  • May 16 UK talk show "The Jeremy Kyle Show" axed by ITV after a guest dies

Film & TV History

May 16 Last episode of TV sitcom "The Big Bang Theory" starring Jim Parson, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco after 12 seasons

Film Premier

May 16 "Rocketman" film based on life of singer Elton John starring Taron Egerton premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

  • May 25 72nd Cannes Film Festival: Bong Joon-ho's South Korean film "Parasite" wins the Palme d'Or, Mati Diop, first black woman in competition wins Grand Prix award for "Atlantics"

Film & TV History

May 31 Former "Twilight" star Robert Pattinson is announced as the new Batman


Weddings in Film & TV

  • May 1 Actress Sophie Turner (23) and singer Joe Jonas (29) are married by an Elvis impersonator in Las Vegas

Deaths in Film & TV

  • May 9 Freddie Starr, English comedian & singer (The Freddie Starr Showcase), dies at 76
  • May 11 Harold Lederman, American boxing judge & analyst (HBO), dies of cancer at 79

Doris Day

May 13 Doris Day [Kappelhoff], American singer ("Sentimental Journey; "Que Sera, Sera"), actress known as the "girl next door" (Pillow Talk; The Man Who Knew Too Much), and animal rights activist, dies of pneumonia at 97

  • May 14 (Thomas) "Tim" Conway, American Emmy Award-winning comic actor and screenwriter (McHale's Navy; The Carol Burnett Show, 1975-78; The Apple Dumpling Gang), dies from complications of normal pressure hydrocephalus at 85
  • May 30 Frank Lucas, American drug kingpin (fictionalised in 2007 film "American Gangster"), dies at 88