Events in Film & TV on August 23

  • 1919 "Gasoline Alley" cartoon strip premieres in Chicago Tribune
  • 1933 First televised boxing match — 6-round exhibition at Broadcasting House in London between middleweights Archie Sexton and Lauri Raiteri; aired by BBC-TV

Film Premiere

1938 "You Can’t Take It With You" from the play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, directed by Frank Capra and starring James Stewart and Jean Arthur premieres. Best Picture (1939)

Film Premiere

1946 "The Big Sleep" directed by Howard Hawks and starring Humphrey Bogart (Philip Marlowe) and Lauren Bacall, premieres

  • 1947 8th Venice Film Festival opens (first since the start of World War II)
  • 1953 KBAK TV channel 29 in Bakersfield, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting

Venice Film Festival

1959 20th Venice Film Festival: "The Great War" directed by Mario Monicelli and "General della Rovere" directed by Roberto Rossellini jointly awarded Golden Lion

  • 1962 1st Europe-US live TV program (via Telstar)
  • 1969 30th Venice Film Festival opens
  • 1971 WGTU TV channel 29 in Traverse City, MI (ABC) begins broadcasting

Presidential Convention

1972 Republican convention (Miami Beach, Fla) renominates Vice President Spiro Agnew but not unanimously: 1 vote went to NBC newsman David Brinkley

Film & TV History

1995 Actor Larry Hagman receives a liver transplant

  • 2021 Video evidence of a Seychelles giant tortoise hunting and eating a bird revealed for the first time, tortoises previously thought to be herbivores [1]