Events in Film & TV on April 16

  • 1787 1st American comedy, "The Contrast," makes its debut in NYC

Film Release

1932 Short film "The Music Box" released in the US, starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy (1932 Academy Award Best Live Action Short Film)

  • 1953 WAND TV channel 17 in Decatur, IL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 KVAL TV channel 13 in Eugene, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1958 5th National Film Awards (India): "Do Aankhen Barah Haath" wins the Golden Lotus

Film & TV History

1962 Walter Cronkite begins anchoring CBS Evening News

  • 1978 NBC's premiere of miniseries "Holocaust"

Theater Premiere

1990 August Wilson's play "The Piano Lesson", starring Charles S. Dutton, opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC for 320 performances

  • 2007 "Spider-Man 3" directed by Sam Raimi and starring Toby Maguire and Kristen Dunst premieres at the Tokyo Film Festival

World Record

2017 World record for gathering of Charlie Chaplin lookalikes - 662 at Manoir de Ban, Chaplin museum in Vevey, Switzerland