Events in Film & TV on April 8

  • 1968 40th Academy Awards postponed to Apr 10th due to death of Martin Luther King
  • 1968 WKPI TV channel 22 in Pikeville, Kentucky (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1974 Discovery Island opens at Walt Disney World, Florida
  • 1979 205th & final episode of "All in the Family"; followed by "Archie Bunker's Place" for 4 seasons

Statue of Liberty

1983 In front of a live audience of 20 tourists, David Copperfield makes the Statue of Liberty disappear

  • 1984 4th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Lonely Lady" wins

Election of Interest

1986 Clint Eastwood elected mayor of Carmel, California. Makes his day.

Television Premiere

1990 "Twin Peaks" created by David Lynch and starring Kyle MacLachlan premieres on ABC-TV

Film & TV History

1991 Michael Landon announces he has inoperable cancer of the pancreas


2018 WrestleMania XXXIV, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA: Ronda Rousey makes WWE debut, teaming with Kurt Angle to beat Triple H and Stephanie McMahon in a mixed tag team match

  • 2019 Actress Allison Mack pleads guilty to sex-trafficking charges for her involvement in sex cult NXIVM

Film & TV History

2022 US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences bans Will Smith from attending the Oscars for 10 years after he slapped host Chris Rock on stage during the 2022 ceremony [1]