Events in Film & TV on April 18

  • 1930 BBC news announcer announces "there is no news" at 20:45 news bulletin, plays music instead
  • 1964 Albert Hague and Marty Brill's musical "Cafe Crown", starring Theodore Bikel, closes at Martin Beck Theater, NYC, after 3 performances
  • 1969 Greek actress and activist Melina Mercouri establishes Greek Aid Fund
  • 1979 "Real People" premieres on NBC TV

Film & TV History

1994 Arsenio Hall announces he will end his late-night TV talk show in May 1994

Music Premiere

1996 Revival of Stephen Sondheim's musical comedy "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum", starring Nathan Lane, opens at St James Theater NYC for 715 performances

  • 1998 51st British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAs): "The Full Monty" Best Film, Baz Luhrmann Best Director
  • 2004 50th British Academy Television Awards: "Little Britain" Best Comedy, "Buried" Best Drama

Film Premiere

2013 "Iron Man 3", directed by Shane Black, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow, premieres in London

Hall of Fame

2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band; Green Day; Joan Jett and the Blackhearts; Lou Reed; Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble; Bill Withers; The "5" Royals; and Ringo Starr

  • 2018 “Black Panther” is the first film shown at a commercial cinema in 35 years in Saudi Arabia as cinemas are reopened

Music Concert

2020 "Together At Home" virtual benefit concert for the World Health Organization's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund curated by Lady Gaga; 6-hour pre-show streams on-line, followed by 2-hour global telecast; performers include: Andra Day, Common, The Killers, Charlie Puth, John Legend, Jennifer Hudson, Annie Lennox, and Zucchero