Events in Film & TV on April 14

Film & TV History

1894 1st public showing of Thomas Edison's kinetoscope (moving pictures)

  • 1953 WHYN (now WGGB) TV channel 40 in Springfield-Holyoke, MA (ABC) begins
  • 1955 WBRZ TV channel 2 in Baton Rouge, LA (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1956 Ampex Corp demonstrates 1st commercial videotape recorder
  • 1959 KDIN TV channel 11 in Des Moines, IA (PBS) begins broadcasting

Music Premiere

1960 Lee Adams and Charles Strouse's musical "Bye Bye Birdie", starring Dick Van Dyke, Chita Rivera, and Dick Gautier, opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC; runs for 607 performances

  • 1961 1st live television broadcast from Soviet Union
  • 1969 KEET TV channel 13 in Eureka, CA (PBS) begins broadcasting

Academy Awards

1980 52nd Academy Awards: Best Picture "Kramer vs Kramer", Dustin Hoffman & Sally Field win

Music Premiere

1992 Revival of Frank Loesser's musical "Guys & Dolls" starring Nathan Lane, opens at Martin Beck Theater, NYC; runs for 1143 performances, wins 4 Tony Awards

Theatrical Finale

1996 Trish Vradenburg's play "Apple Doesn't Fall.." directed by Leonard Nimoy opens and closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 1 performance

Film & TV History

2013 Comedian Kevin Hart is arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in California

Film Release

2017 "The Fate of the Furious" directed by F. Gary Gray, starring Vin Diesel and The Rock opens worldwide - highest-grossing weekend at $532 million

Music Concert

2018 Beyoncé is the first black woman to headline the Coachella Music Festival, her performance on this day the most-watched performance ever on YouTube