On This Day

Events in Film & Television in 1922

#1 in the Charts

Feb 11 "April Showers" by Al Jolson hits #1

  • Feb 19 Ed Wynn becomes 1st talent to sign as a radio entertainer

Film Premiere

Mar 4 1st vampire film "Nosferatu", an un-authorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, premieres at the Berlin Zoological Garden, Germany

  • May 21 Rollin Kirby's "On the Road to Moscow" is the 1st cartoon to receive a Pulitzer Prize

Film & TV History

May 23 Walt Disney incorporates his 1st film company Laugh-O-Gram Films

  • Jul 11 The Hollywood Bowl opens.

Sports History

Jul 19 American swimmer Johnny Weissmuller first to break 1 minute barrier for 100m freestyle; swims 58.6s at Alameda, CA

  • Jul 25 AT&T begins broadcasting on WBAY (NYC-later WEAF, WNBC, WRCA & WFAN)
  • Oct 18 British Broadcasting Company (BBC) founded, later called British Broadcasting Corporation

Music Premiere

Nov 13 George M. Cohan's musical "Little Nellie Kelly" premieres in NYC

Radio Premiere

Nov 14 BBC begins daily radio broadcasts from the 2LO transmitter at Marconi House

  • Nov 26 1st successful Technicolor movie (The Toll of the Sea), premieres at the Rialto Theatre in NYC
  • Dec 24 BBC broadcasts first British radio play "The Truth about Father Christmas"