On This Day

Events in Film & Television in 1929

  • Jan 3 27 year old William S Paley becomes CBS president
  • Jan 8 CBS radio network buys WABC in NYC
  • Feb 1 "The Broadway Melody" directed by Harry Beaumont and starring Bessie Love is released. 1st film with sound to win an Oscar (Outstanding Picture 1930)
  • Feb 5 Jimmy Hatlo's "They'll Do It Every Time" cartoon debuts in San Francisco
  • May 11 1st regularly scheduled TV broadcasts (3 nights per week)

Silence is Golden At The First OscarsSilence is Golden At The First Oscars

May 16 1st Academy Awards: "Wings", Emil Jannings and Janet Gaynor win

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Janet Gaynor, the only woman to win Best Actress for multiple roles, receives her award from Douglas Fairbanks
Janet Gaynor, the only woman to win Best Actress for multiple roles, receives her award from Douglas Fairbanks
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  • Sep 2 WOR (NYC) ends affiliation with CBS radio network
  • Oct 24 Rudy Vallee's "The Fleishmann's Yeast Hour" begins broadcasting on NBC radio
  • Nov 4 John L. Balderston's play "Berkeley Square" starring Leslie Howard premieres in NYC