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Events in Film & Television in February 1940

  • Feb 1 NBC performs the first inter-city television broadcast from its station in New York City to another in Schenectady, New York by General Electric relay antennas.

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Feb 2 Frank Sinatra's singing debut in Indianapolis (Tommy Dorsey Orchestra)

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
Jazz Trombonist and Big Band Leader Tommy Dorsey
Jazz Trombonist and Big Band Leader
Tommy Dorsey

Film release premierFilm Premier

Feb 7 Walt Disney's second feature length movie, "Pinocchio" premieres (NYC)

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney

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Feb 10 "Tom & Jerry" cartoon created by William Hanna & Joseph Barbera debut by MGM

Animator William Hanna
Animator
William Hanna
Animator Joseph Barbera
Animator
Joseph Barbera
  • Feb 23 Walt Disney's animated movie "Pinocchio" released
  • Feb 25 1st televised (W2XBS, NYC) hockey game (Rangers vs Canadians)
  • Feb 28 1st televised basketball game (U of Pitts beats Fordham U, 50-37)

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Feb 29 Hattie McDaniel becomes 1st African American woman to win an Oscar for "Gone with the Wind"

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Feb 29 12th Academy Awards: "Gone with the Wind" wins eight Oscars, Robert Donat & Vivien Leigh also win