On This Day

Events in Film & Television in 1942

Film Release

Feb 5 "Woman of the Year" film directed by George Stevens, starring Katherine Hepburn & Spencer Tracy opens at Radio City Music Hall, NYC

  • Feb 19 Dutch actors protest obligatory membership of Culture Chamber

Academy Awards

Mar 2 14th Academy Awards: "How Green was My Valley", Gary Cooper, and Joan Fontaine win

Music History

May 29 Bing Crosby records Irving Berlin's song "White Christmas", world's best-selling single (estimated 100 million copies sold)

Film Premiere

May 29 "Yankee Doodle Dandy", based on life of George M. Cohan, directed by Michael Curtiz, starring James Cagney and Joan Lesley, premieres in NYC (Academy Awards Best Actor 1943)

Film Release

Jun 4 "Mrs Miniver" based on the novel by Jan Struther, directed by William Wyler and starring Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon is released in the US (Best Picture 1943)

Music Premiere

Jul 19 US première of Dmitri Shostakovich' 7th Symphony in NYC by the NBC Symphony Orchestra under Arturo Toscanini in a concert broadcast nationwide on NBC radio

  • Aug 9 CBS radio broadcasts the debut of wartime series "Our Secret Weapon"
  • Aug 21 Walt Disney's animated movie "Bambi", based on the book by Felix Salten, is released

Radio History

Oct 8 Comedy duo Abbott and Costello launch their weekly radio show

Film Premiere

Oct 22 "Now, Voyager" film directed by Irving Rapper, and starring Bette Davis, Paul Henreid and Claude Rains, premieres in New York; wins 3 Academy Awards

Film Premiere

Nov 26 "Casablanca" directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman premieres at Hollywood Theater, NYC (Academy Awards Best Picture 1943)