Events in Film & TV on August 31

Historic Invention

1897 Thomas Edison patents the Kinetoscope [kinetographic camera], a device which produces moving pictures

  • 1941 Great Gildersleeve, a spin-off of Fibber McGee & Molly debuts on NBC
  • 1946 Foghorn Leghorn, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Robert McKimson and Warren Foster, (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Walky Talky Hawky"
  • 1953 KRBC TV channel 9 in Abilene, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 WKBG (now WLVI) TV channel 56 in Cambridge-Boston, MA (IND) begins
  • 1954 WMTW TV channel 8 in Portland-Poland Spring, ME (ABC) begins
  • 1955 KTRE TV channel 9 begins broadcasting in Lufkin, Texas (ABC/NBC affiliate)
  • 1966 "The Battle of Algiers", directed by Gillo Pontecorvo, starring Jean Martin, Saadi Yacef, premieres at the Vienna International Film Festival
  • 1970 WKMJ TV channel 68 in Louisville, Kentucky (PBS) begins broadcasting

Venice Film Festival

1983 40th Venice Film Festival: "First Name: Carmen" directed by Jean-Luc Godard wins Golden Lion

Television Premiere

1987 Michael Jackson's "Bad" video, directed by Martin Scorcese, premieres during TV special "Michael Jackson: The Magic Returns" on CBS

  • 1992 44th Emmy Awards: "Northern Exposure" (Best Drama & Best Drama Writing), Christopher Lloyd (Road To Avalonlea), and Dana Delany (China Beach) win

Venice Film Festival

1993 50th Venice Film Festival: "Short Cuts" directed by Robert Altman and "Three Colors: Blue" directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski jointly awarded Golden Lion

Venice Film Festival

2005 62nd Venice Film Festival: "Brokeback Mountain" directed by Ang Lee wins Golden Lion

Film & TV History

2009 The Walt Disney Company announces it will acquire Marvel Entertainment for $4.24 billion

  • 2011 68th Venice Film Festival: "Faust" directed by Alexander Sokurov wins Golden Lion

Film Premiere

2012 "Argo" directed by Ben Affleck and starring Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman premieres at the Telluride Film Festival (Best Picture 2013)

Film Premiere

2018 "A Star is Born" film remake directed by and starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga premieres at the Venice Film Festival