On This Day

Events in Film & TV on August 15

  • 1918 1st full length cartoon (Sinking of Lusitania)

Film PremierThe Wizard of Oz

1939 "The Wizard of Oz", American musical fantasy film directed by Victor Fleming and King Vidor, premieres at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, starring Judy Garland (Dorothy), Ray Bolger (Scarecrow), Jack Haley (Tin Man), Bert Lahr (Cowardly Lion), Frank Morgan (Wizard), Billie Burke (Glinda), and Margaret Hamilton (Wicked Witch)
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Publicity still of the Wizard of Oz, showing the Tin Man, Scarecrow, Dorothy and Cowardly Lion
Publicity still of the Wizard of Oz, showing the Tin Man, Scarecrow, Dorothy and Cowardly Lion
  • 1949 WOTV TV channel 8 in Grand Rapids, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 WCHS TV channel 8 in Charleston-Huntington, WV (ABC) begins
  • 1955 WXEX TV channel 8 in Richmond-Petersburg, VA (ABC) begins

Film release premierFilm Release

1975 Indian action-adventure film "Sholay" directed by Ramesh Sippy, starring Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan is released, highest-grossing Indian film ever

Film release premierFilm Release

1979 "Apocalypse Now", directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, and Martin Sheen, is released (Palme d'Or 1979)

  • 1995 Keylee Sue Sanders, 18, of Kansas, crowned 13th Miss Teen USA

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017 Daniel Craig confirms he will play James Bond one more time

  • 2019 Disney Studios is the first studio to have five films earn over $1 billion each in one year with "Toy Story 4", "Avengers: Engame", "Captain Marvel", "Aladdin" and "The Lion King"