Events in Film & TV on April 17

Music History

1912 1st unofficial gold record (Al Jolson's "Ragging The Baby To Sleep")

  • 1939 SN Behrman's "No Time for Comedy" premieres in NYC

Academy Awards

1961 33rd Academy Awards: "Apartment" wins best film, Burt Lancaster & Elizabeth Taylor win best actor, actress

Film & TV History

1961 Jimmy Stewart accepts an honorary Oscar on behalf of his friend Gary Cooper, who is too ill to attend

  • 1964 Albert Hague and Marty Brill's musical "Cafe Crown", starring Theodore Bikel, opens at Martin Beck Theater, NYC; runs for 3 performances

Music History

1981 Carl Gottlieb's movie "Caveman", starring Ringo Starr, Shelley Long, Barbara Bach, Dennis Quaid, Jack Gilford, and John Matuszak premieres

Music Concert

1999 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, Elton John, James Taylor, Billy Joel, Tony Bennett, Don Henley, Ricky Martin and Charles Aznavour

  • 2005 51st British Academy Television Awards: "Little Britain" Best Comedy, "Sex Traffic" Best Drama

Television Premiere

2011 "Game of Thrones", based on the fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin premieres on HBO

Film Premiere

2011 "Thor", directed by Kenneth Branagh, starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman, premieres in Sydney, Australia

Music Concert

2014 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, Elton John, James Taylor, Rosanne Cash, Vince Gill, Bruno Mars, Jennifer Hudson, and Bryn Terfel

Album Release

2019 Beyoncé releases a live album of her 2018 Coachella performance on the same day as her Netflix documentary "Homecoming"

Film & TV History

2022 Alex Jones' companies including website Infowars, file for bankruptcy in the US after losing defamation suits filed by families of the Sandy Hook Massacre (which he called a hoax)