Events in Film & TV on April 2

  • 1902 "Electric Theatre", the first full-time movie theater in the United States, opens in Los Angeles, California

Film Release

1932 "Tarzan the Ape Man" released starring Olympic swimmer Johnny Weissmuller in the first of his 12 Tarzan films

  • 1950 WTAR (now WTKR) TV channel 3 in Norfolk, VA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 Plans to build Disneyland 1st announced [see Jan 26]
  • 1956 Soap operas "As the World Turns" & "Edge of Night" premiere on TV
  • 1960 KPEC TV channel 56 in Lakewood Center-Tacoma, WA (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1966 WJET TV channel 24 in Erie, PA (ABC) begins broadcasting

Film Premiere

1968 "2001 A Space Odyssey" directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood, premieres at the Uptown Theater in Washington, D.C.

  • 1971 Dark Shadows, American Gothic supernatural soap opera, concludes an almost 5 year run on ABC
  • 1973 CBS radio begins on the hour news, 24 hours a day

Television Premiere

1978 TV show "Dallas" starring Larry Hagman and Barbara Bel Geddes premieres on CBS as a 5 week mini-series; ratings success leads to a 13 year run

WrestleMania

1989 WrestleMania V, Historic Atlantic City Convention Hall, NJ: Hulk Hogan beats Randy "Macho Man" Savage for WWF Heavyweight title

WrestleMania

1995 WrestleMania XI, Hartford Civic Centre, CT: NFL linebacker Lawrence Taylor defeats Bam Bam Bigelow

WrestleMania

2000 WrestleMania XVI, Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, CA: Triple H beats The Rock, Mick Foley and The Big Show in a 4-way elimination match for the WWF Heavyweight tile

WrestleMania

2006 WrestleMania XXII, Allstate Arena, Chicago, IL: John Cena beats Triple H; Rey Mysterio defeats Kurt Angle and Randy Orton in a Triple Threat title match

WrestleMania

2017 WrestleMania XXXIII, Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL: Roman Reigns defeats The Undertaker; Brock Lesnar beats Goldberg, first wrestler to win both WWE and Universal Championships