On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for May 11

Events in Film & TV

  • 1918 44th Kentucky Derby: William Knapp on Exterminator wins in 2:10.8
  • 1927 Louis B Mayer forms Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
  • 1929 1st regularly scheduled TV broadcasts (3 nights per week)
  • 1931 "M" Fritz Lang's first sound film starring Peter Lorre premieres in Berlin
  • 1956 Pinky Lee Show last airs on NBC-TV
  • 1959 Mary Rodgers & Marshall Barer's musical "Once Upon A Mattress", starring Carol Burnett and directed by George Abbott, opens at Phoenix Theatre, NYC; runs for 244 performances
  • 1968 Irish actor Richard Harris releases single "MacArthur Park"; it becomes a million-seller topping the charts in Canada and Australia, and peaking at #2 in US and #4 in UK
  • 1969 British comedy troupe Monty Python forms, made up of Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin
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Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1970 American entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr. (44) weds American entertainer Altovise Gore (26) in a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania courthouse by the Rev. Jesse Jackson
  • 2001 Actress Suzanne Pleshette (64) weds actor Tom Poston (79) at Manhattan's City Hall

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