On This Day

Events in Film & Television in 1941

Historic Publication

Mar 1 Captain America created by cartoonists Joe Simon and Jack Kirby is first published by Timely Comics (premiere issue released on December 20, 1940)

Film & TV History

Mar 22 James Stewart is inducted into the Army, becoming the first major American movie star to wear a military uniform in World War II

Sports History

Mar 24 Glenn Miller begins work on his 1st movie "Sun Valley Serenade", starring Sonja Henie and John Payne, for 20th Century Fox

Film Premiere

May 1 "Citizen Kane", directed by Orson Welles and starring himself, Joseph Cotten and Dorothy Corningore, premieres at the Palace Theater in New York City

  • May 2 FCC approves regular scheduled commercial TV broadcasts to begin July 1

Film & TV History

May 6 At California's March Field, Bob Hope performs his first USO show

  • May 16 Nazis forbid Dutch Organization of Actors (NOT)
  • Jul 1 1st commercial TV licenses granted-W2XBS-WNBT (NBC) & WCBW (CBS), NYC
  • Jul 1 WCBW (now WCBS) TV channel 2 in NY, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 1 WNBT TV (W2XBS, Now WNBC) channel 4 in NYC (NBC) begins broadcasting

Music History

Jul 2 Noël Coward's "Blithe Spirit" premieres in London

Music History

Jul 19 BBC World Service begins playing V(ictory) ("...-" in Morse code) (opening of Ludwig van Beethoven's 5th symphony)

Film & TV History

Jul 19 Tom and Jerry first appear under their own names in cartoon "The Midnight Snack" by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera

  • Aug 31 Great Gildersleeve, a spin-off of Fibber McGee & Molly debuts on NBC
  • Sep 3 KYW TV channel 3 in Philadelphia, PA (NBC) begins broadcasting

Film Premiere

Oct 3 "The Maltese Falcon" directed by John Huston and based on Dashiell Hammett's 1929 novel of the same name, starring Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor, premieres in New York City

Film Release

Oct 23 Walt Disney's animated film "Dumbo" released

Film Premiere

Oct 28 "How Green Was My Valley" based on the novel by Richard Llewellyn, directed by John Ford and starring Walter Pidgeon and Maureen O'Hara premieres in New York (Best Picture 1942)

  • Dec 5 "Sullivan's Travels", directed by Preston Sturges and starring Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake, is released