Events in Film & Television in 1897

  • May 14 Oldest continuously operating movie theater in the world, the State Theatre first opens in Washington, Iowa (Guinness World Records)

Music History

May 18 Paul Dukas' symphonic scherzo "The Sorcerer’s Apprentice" (used in Disney's Fantasia film) premieres, based on poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Historic Invention

Aug 31 Thomas Edison patents the Kinetoscope [kinetographic camera], a device which produces moving pictures

  • Dec 12 Rudolph Dirks' 1st "The Katzenjammer Kids" cartoon strip appears in NY Journal