Events in Film & TV on April 30

  • 1598 1st theater performance in America (Spanish comedy-Rio Grande)
  • 1695 William Congreve's Restoration comedy "Love for Love" premieres in London
  • 1938 The first televised FA Cup Final takes place between Huddersfield Town and Preston North End

Television Debut

1939 NBC/RCA 1st public TV demo with FDR at opening of NY World's Fair

Theater Premiere

1943 Noël Coward's play "This Happy Breed" premieres in London

Radio Premiere

1945 "Arthur Godfrey Time" begins a 27 year run on CBS radio

  • 1952 Mr Potato Head is 1st toy advertised on television
  • 1969 WEDB TV channel 40 in Berlin, New Hampshire (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1972 "Arthur Godfrey Time" ends a 27 year run on radio

Pro Wrestling

1977 Wrestler "Superstar" Billy Graham beats Bruno Sammartino in Baltimore, to become WWF champion

  • 1978 British film "The Stud" starring Joan Collins, based on the book by her sister Jackie Collins premieres in UK
  • 1979 Mary Therese Friel, (New York), crowned 28th Miss USA

Music Awards

1981 16th Academy of Country Music Awards: Barbara Mandrell and George Jones win

  • 1985 "Shoah", French documentary about the Holocaust, directed by Claude Lanzmann, starring Richard Glazar and Raul Hilberg, premieres in Paris
  • 1989 Critics Siskel & Ebert film their 500th TV movie-review show
  • 1992 208th & final episode of "The Cosby Show" on NBC-TV

Film & TV History

1997 42 million watch Ellen DeGeneres publicly declare she is gay

Music Concert

1997 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, Elton John, James Taylor, Stevie Wonder, Lyle Lovett, Bobby McFerrin, Bonnie Raitt, Shawn Colvin and Zucchero

Film Release

2004 "Mean Girls", teen comedy film released starring Lindsay Lohan and written by Tina Fey

World Record

2008 David Blaine sets a new Guinness World Record for holding his breath underwater for 17 minutes 4-1/2 seconds on "The Oprah Winfrey Show"

Film & TV History

2008 Heidi Klum launches her clothing line for Jordache

  • 2013 Bollywood actor Rajesh Khanna is declared "The First Superstar of Indian cinema" at the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards

Film & TV History

2018 New species of water beetle from Malaysian Borneo’s Maliau Basin named after actor Leonardo DiCaprio

Film & TV History

2018 Superhero film "Avengers: Infinity War" sets new record for an opening weekend earning $250 million in the US, $630 million worldwide