Events in Film & TV on April 15

  • 1948 KCPX (now KTVX) TV channel 4 in Salt Lake City, UT (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • 1953 WHP TV channel 21 in Harrisburg, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 KARK TV channel 4 in Little Rock, AR (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 WHO TV channel 13 in Des Moines, IA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1957 KTVI TV channel 2 in Saint Louis, MO (ABC) begins broadcasting

Emmy Awards

1958 10th Emmy Awards: Gunsmoke, Robert Young & Jane Wyatt win

  • 1961 Meredith Willson's musical "The Music Man", starring Robert Preston and Barbara Cook, closes at Majestic Theater, NYC. after 1375 performances, 5 Tony Awards, and a Grammy

Music Premiere

1963 Steve Allen's musical "Sophie", based on the life of American singer, and comic actress Sophie Tucker, opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 8 performances

  • 1966 KHET TV channel 11 in Honolulu, HI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1970 WMGZ TV channel 16 in Mayaguez, PR ([M]) begins broadcasting
  • 1970 WPSJ TV channel 14 in Ponce, PR ([P]) begins broadcasting

Academy Awards

1971 43rd Academy Awards: "Patton", George C Scott & Glenda Jackson win

  • 1983 Tokyo Disneyland opens
  • 1984 "Human Comedy" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 13 performances
  • 1987 "Barbara Cook: A Concert" opens at Ambassador NYC for 13 performances
  • 1990 "In Living Color" premieres on FOX-TV
  • 1991 Former child actor Adam Rich (Eight Is Enough) charged with burglary

TV Show Appearance

1992 Jay Leno's final appearance as permanent guest host of The Tonight Show

Hall of Fame

1992 William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and DeForest Kelley inducted into National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame

Music History

1994 Jazz singer Tony Bennett records a session for "MTV's Unplugged" series at Sony Studios, NYC, featuring the Ralph Sharon trio, and guest appearances by Elvis Costello, and k.d.lang; album release wins 2 Grammy Awards

Film Premiere

1997 Disaster film "Volcano" directed by Mick Jackson, and starring Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Heche premieres in South Korea

Television Premiere

2012 TV comedy drama "Girls" created by and starring Lena Dunham premieres on HBO

Television Premiere

2014 US TV series "Fargo" created by Noah Hawley, starring Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks, and Martin Freeman premieres on FX