Events in Film & TV on April 23

  • 1896 Vitascope system of movie projection 1st shown at Koster & Bial's Music Hall, New York City

Film Premiere

1931 US gangster film "The Public Enemy" starring James Cagney and Jean Harlow premieres

  • 1948 KSTP TV channel 5 in St Paul-Minneapolis, MN (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • 1953 "Shane", directed by George Stevens and based on the 1949 novel by Jack Schaefer, starring Alan Ladd and Jean Arthur premieres
  • 1953 KTAR (now KPNX) TV channel 12 in Phoenix, AZ (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 WCOV TV channel 20 in Montgomery, AL (IND/CBS) begins broadcasting

Music History

1961 Singer Judy Garland appears in concert at Carnegie Hall, NYC; event is recorded for a double live album, wins Grammy Award for Album of the Year (the first such win by a female artist)

Theater Premiere

1964 James Baldwin's stage drama "Blues for Mister Charlie", directed by Burgess Meredith, opens at the ANTA Playhouse, NYC; runs for 148 performances

  • 1969 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Jim Chestney
  • 1986 Disney World breaks ground for Victorian themed Grand Floridian Beach Resort (now known as Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa)
  • 1989 CBS' premiere of fact based "The Littlest Victims", based on Newark, N.J. physician James Oleske as the first doctor to discover AIDS in children

Presidential Convention

1994 Libertarian party nominates Howard Stern for Governor of NY

  • 1996 42nd British Academy Television Awards: "Father Ted" Best Comedy, "Cracker" Best Drama
  • 1996 49th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAs): "Sense and Sensibility" Best Film, Michael Radford Best Director

Music Single

2001 Fatboy Slim releases single "Weapon of Choice", music video directed by Spike Jonze starring Christopher Walken dancing

Film Premiere

2013 "Star Trek Into Darkness" directed by J. J. Abrams starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto premieres in Sydney

Album Release

2016 Beyoncé releases her 6th album "Lemonade" with a 1 hour film on HBO

Film Premiere

2018 Marvel's "Avengers: Infinity War" directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr and large ensemble cast premieres in Los Angeles