On This Day

Events in Film & TV on April 5

AgreementContract of Interest

1934 Baseball superstar Babe Ruth agrees to do three 15-minute broadcasts a week over NBC for a fee of $39,000 for 13 weeks; $4,000 more than his NY Yankees playing contract

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1948 WGN TV channel 9 in Chicago, IL (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1949 Fireside Theater debuts on US television.
  • 1953 WEYI TV channel 25 in Saginaw, MI (CBS) begins broadcasting

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

1961 Barbra Streisand appears on "Jack Paar Show"

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

1965 37th Academy Awards: "My Fair Lady", Rex Harrison & Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins) win awards

Actress and Singer Julie Andrews
Actress and Singer
Julie Andrews
Actor Rex Harrison
Actor
Rex Harrison
  • 1966 WTVX TV channel 34 in Ft Pierce-Vero Beach, FL (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 1970 WSNS TV channel 44 in Chicago, IL (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1971 WNJT TV channel 52 in Trenton, NJ (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1984 "Human Comedy" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 13 performances
  • 1987 Fox TV network premieres showing "Married With Children" and "The Tracey Ullman Show"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 David Letterman becomes 1st network TV series to use dolby stereo

Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Paul Newman wins a court victory over Julius Gold, to keep giving all profits from Newman foods to charity

Actor & Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor & Entrepreneur
Paul Newman

Sport defeatWrestleMania

1992 WrestleMania VIII, Hoosier Dome, Indianapolis, IN (62,167): Hulk Hogan defeats Sid Justice by DQ; Randy Savage beats Ric Flair for WWF Heavyweight title

Professional Wrestler Hulk Hogan
Professional Wrestler
Hulk Hogan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 Steve Irwin's "The Crocodile Hunter" debuts

Naturalist and TV Star Steve Irwin
Naturalist and TV Star
Steve Irwin
  • 2003 18th Soap Opera Digest Awards - General Hospital wins

Sport defeatWrestleMania

2009 WrestleMania XXV, Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX (72,744): The Undertaker defeats Shawn Michaels; John Cena beats Edge and The Big Show; Triple H downs Randy Orton

Professional Wrestler and Actor John Cena
Professional Wrestler and Actor
John Cena

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2017 Pepsi ad featuring Kendall Jenner pulled after criticized for trivializing demonstrations

Model and TV Personality Kendall Jenner
Model and TV Personality
Kendall Jenner
  • 2020 WrestleMania XXXVI, WWE Performance Center, Orlando FL, Part 2: Drew McIntyre defeats Brock Lesnar to win the WWE C'ship; Charlotte Flair beats Rhea Ripley for NXT Women's title
  • 2063 Earth's 1st contact with the extra-terrestrial Vulcan species in the Star Trek universe