Events in Film & TV on August 6

Film Release

1926 "Don Juan" starring John Barrymore is released by Warner Bros, the 1st feature-length film to utilize the Vitaphone sound-on-disc sound system with a synchronized musical score and sound effects

  • 1932 1st Venice Film Festival opens, the world's oldest film festival

Radio Premiere

1939 1st broadcast of "Dinah Shore Show" on NBC-radio

  • 1940 German occupiers in Belgium impose censorship rules on film making and exhibition
  • 1954 WLAC (now WTVF) TV channel 5 in Nashville (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1956 After going bankrupt in 1955, the American national broadcaster DuMont Television Network makes its final broadcast, a boxing match from St. Nicholas Arena

The Twist Dance Craze

1960 Chubby Checker performs his version of Hank Ballard's "The Twist" on "The Dick Clark Show", starting a worldwide dance craze

  • 1965 Beatles release their 5th UK album - "Help!", from the film soundtrack
  • 1971 3rd San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Muir College, University of California
  • 1987 20th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Holiday Inn

Musical Finale

1995 Revival of Richard Adler and Jerry Ross' musical comedy '"Damn Yankees", starring Jerry Lewis and Bebe Neuwirth, closes at Marquis Theater, NYC, after 510 performances

Film & TV History

2015 Comedian Jon Stewart hosts "The Daily Show" for the last time

Film & TV History

2018 Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify remove conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from their platforms