Events in Film & TV on April 1

Film Premiere

1930 "The Blue Angel" starring Marlene Dietrich in her breakthrough role premieres in Germany

  • 1947 Shin Takarajima (New Treasure Island) by Osamu Tezuka published, first manga cartoon in tankōbon form
  • 1953 KXMC TV channel 13 in Minot, ND (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 WQED TV channel 13 in Pittsburgh, PA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1955 WTVT TV channel 13 in Tampa-St Petersburg, FL (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1956 KPIC TV channel 4 in Roseburg, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1957 WYES-TV channel 12 in New Orleans, Louisiana (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1958 KVIQ TV channel 6 in Eureka, CA (NBC/ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1963 American television soap opera premieres: "General Hospital" (ABC) & "Doctors" (NBC)
  • 1968 KEMO (now KOFY) TV channel 20 in San Francisco, California (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 1974 Pioneer Hall opens at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, Florida

Television Premiere

1976 "Helter Skelter", detailing Charles Manson's cult "family", their capture, trial, conviction and aftermath, premieres on CBS

Television Finale

1978 "The Bob Newhart Show" last airs on NBC-TV

Film & TV History

1981 CNN airs a videotape that shows that Tamara Rand predicted that Reagan is in danger from someone named Jack Humley (a hoax)

  • 1990 "Ha!" comedy Channel on cable TV begins transmitting


1990 WrestleMania VI, Skydome, Toronto, ON (67,678): Ultimate Warrior beats Hulk Hogan for WWF Heavyweight and Intercontinental titles


2001 WrestleMania XVII, Astrodome, Houston, TX: 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin beats The Rock in a no disqualification match for the WWF Championship


2007 WrestleMania XXIII, Ford Field, Detroit, MI: John Cena beats Shawn Michaels; The Undertaker defeats Batista; Bobby Lashley downs Umaga

Film & TV History

2011 Alan Rickman's last performance in "Seminar" on Broadway

  • 2012 32nd Golden Raspberry Awards: Jack and Jill wins
  • 2012 WrestleMania XXVIII, Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL: The Rock defeats John Cena, titled "Once in a Lifetime"