Events in Film & TV on August 15

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

Film release premierFilm Premier

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)

  • 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
  • 1971 KVRL (now KRIV) TV ch 26 in Houston, Texas (Fox) begins

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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 US President Ronald Reagan decides to support a replacement for Challenger

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1995 Keylee Sue Sanders, 18, of Kansas, crowned 13th Miss Teen USA
  • 2017 Daniel Craig confirms he will play James Bond one more time