Events in Film & TV on August 1

  • 1927 Earliest date for a film to be considered for the Academy Awards
  • 1934 2nd Venice Film Festival opens
  • 1953 KMBC TV channel 9 in Kansas City, Missouri (MET/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 KOBI TV channel 5 in Medford, Oregon (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 WKBT TV channel 8 in La Crosse, WI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1955 WILL TV channel 12 in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1956 KRCR TV channel 7 in Redding-Chico, California (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1959 WAAY TV channel 31 in Huntsville, AL (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1963 WQAD TV channel 8 in Moline, Illinois (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1967 WBRA TV channel 15 in Roanoke, VA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 WXIX TV channel 19 in Cincinnati-Newport, OH (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1970 2nd San Diego Comic-Con International opens at U.S. Grant Hotel
  • 1970 KTSD TV channel 10 in Pierre, SD (PBS) begins broadcasting

Television Debut

1971 "The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour" debuts on CBS-TV, with comic actor and singer Jimmy Durante as guest

  • 1971 CBS presents the first episode of BBC production "The Six Wives of Henry VIII", continuing weekly until September 5th

Music Concert

1971 George Harrison's benefit concerts for Bangladesh (2 shows) take place at Madison Square Garden, NYC; performers include Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Ravi Shankar, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, and Leon Russell

  • 1979 12th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at U.S. Grant Hotel

Music Single

1981 "Endless Love" single released by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie (Billboard Song of the Year 1981, Billboard Greatest Song Duet of All-Time)

  • 1981 Music video cable channel MTV debuts in US at 12:01 AM with The Buggles song "Video Killed The Radio Star"
  • 1985 18th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Hotel San Diego

Daytime Emmy Awards

1985 Emmy 12th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 6th time

Music History

1987 Music video channel MTV Europe launches, with Elton John throwing the switch; "Money For Nothing" Dire Straits is the first video presented

Radio Premiere

1988 Rush Limbaugh begins his national radio show.

Film & TV History

1991 Actress Hedy Lamarr, aged 77 is arrested for shoplifting in Florida

  • 1992 NBC's "Saturday Today" premieres
  • 1993 Walter Koenig, Chekov of Star Trek, suffers a heart attack
  • 1995 Westinghouse purchases CBS-TV network

Historic Publication

1996 George R.R. Martin publishes the epic fantasy novel "A Game of Thrones", the first in his series "A Song of Ice and Fire"

  • 1996 M2, MTV's second TV channel is launched
  • 2002 35th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center