Events in Film & TV on August 5

  • 1921 KDKA Pittsburgh presents first radio broadcast of MLB; Pirates beat Phillies, 8-0; Harold Arlin first play-by-play broadcaster

Film & TV History

1926 Harry Houdini stays in a coffin under water for 1½ hrs before escaping

Film Release

1953 "From Here to Eternity" based on book by James Jones, directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift and Frank Sinatra is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1954)

  • 1956 KUAM TV channel 8 in Agana, GU (CBS/ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1956 WCYB TV channel 5 in Bristol-Kingsport, Virginia (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1957 "American Bandstand" premieres on network TV (ABC)
  • 1968 WMCV (now WZTV) TV channel 17 in Nashville, TN (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 1969 The UVF plant their first bomb in the Republic of Ireland, damaging the RTÉ Television Centre in Dublin
  • 1971 WNPE TV channel 16 in Watertown, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting

Television Debut

1998 The American spin-off "Whose Line Is It Anyway?", starring Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, and Wayne Brady, debuts on ABC

Film & TV History

2022 Actress Anne Heche crashes her car into a house in Mar Vista, Los Angeles, igniting a fire that puts her in a coma and destroys much of the house [1]