Events in Film & Television in 1991

  • Jan 6 "Real Life With Jane Pauley" premieres on NBC-TV

Television Premiere

Jan 8 "Davis Rules" with Jonathan Winters & Randy Quaid premieres on ABC-TV

Pro Wrestling

Jan 11 Ric Flair wins NWA/WCW wrestling title

  • Jan 14 "Barbara DeAngelis Show" premieres on CBS-TV
  • Jan 14 Tyne Daly arrested for drunk driving in Van Nuys, California
  • Jan 16 7th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins
  • Jan 17 Mountie Jacques Rougeau beats Hart for WWF intercontinental title
  • Jan 19 Sgt Slaughter defeats Ultimate Warrior for WWF championship belt
  • Jan 21 CBS News correspondant Bob Simon and four TV crew captured and held for 40 days by Iraqis in the Persian Gulf
  • Jan 25 Soap opera "Generation's" last episode after a 2½ year run
  • Jan 27 7th Sundance Film Festival: "Poison" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Jan 28 "A Closer Look" with Faith Daniels premieres on NBC-TV
  • Jan 31 "Close-Up", Iranian film directed by Abbas Kiarostami, starring Hossain Sabzian and Mohsen Makhmalbaf, is released

#1 in the Charts

Feb 2 Sting scores his second UK #1 album with 'The Soul Cages'

Film & TV History

Feb 4 Alex Trebek becomes first person to host three American game shows at the same time (Jeopardy!, Classic Concentration, To Tell the Truth)

Sports History

Feb 5 Howard Stern kisses NY Giant Leonard Marshall's ass over bet, Stern lost claiming the Giants would lose the Super Bowl

Film Release

Feb 14 "The Silence of the Lambs" film based on the book by Thomas Harris, directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, is released (Best Picture 1992)

  • Feb 15 41st Berlin International Film Festival: "The House of Smiles" wins the Golden Bear

Music History

Feb 20 Alan Ayckbourn's stage farce "Taking Steps" opens at Circle in Square Theater, NYC; runs for 78 performances

Music History

Feb 21 Neil Simon's stage comedy "Lost in Yonkers" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater, NYC; runs for 780 performances

  • Feb 22 Kelli McCarty, 21, (Kansas), crowned 40th Miss USA

Sports History

Feb 25 Bruce McNall, Wayne Gretzky and John Candy buy CFL's Toronto Argonauts

  • Mar 9 5th American Comedy Award: Dennis Wolfberg

Music Concert

Mar 10 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, Elton John, Gilberto Gil; Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Caetano Veloso

People's Choice Awards

Mar 11 17th People's Choice Awards: Mel Gibson & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Bill Cosby & Kirstie Alley win (TV)

BAFTA Awards

Mar 17 44th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAs): "Goodfellas" Best Film, Martin Scorsese Best Director

Music History

Mar 20 Court awards Peggy Lee $3 million in suit against Disney regarding home video royalties

  • Mar 21 Largest wrestling crowd in Japan (64,500) at Tokyo Dome
  • Mar 21 Tatsumi Fujinami beats Ric Flair for NWA wrestling championship
  • Mar 24 11th Golden Raspberry Awards: Ford Fairlane & Ghosts Can't Do It wins

WrestleMania

Mar 24 WrestleMania VII in LA Memorial Sports Arena, CA: Hulk Hogan beats Sgt Slaughter for WWF Heavyweight title

Music History

Apr 3 "Penn and Teller - Refrigerator Tour" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC

  • Apr 6 Former child actor Adam Rich arrested for breaking into a pharmacy

Film & TV History

Apr 8 Michael Landon announces he has inoperable cancer of the pancreas

Music Premiere

Apr 11 Musical "Miss Saigon" created by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil opens at Broadway Theater NYC

  • Apr 11 NYC's Museum of Broadcasting becomes "Museum of Radio & Television"
  • Apr 12 2,500th episode of Entertainment Tonight airs
  • Apr 15 Former child actor Adam Rich (Eight Is Enough) charged with burglary

Film & TV History

Apr 22 Johnny Carson announces he will retire next year from "The Tonight Show"

  • Apr 22 Shalom America (Jewish cable network) is launched in Brooklyn & Queens
  • Apr 25 Lucy Simon & Marsha Norman's musical "The Secret Garden", based on Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel, starring Daisy Eagan and Mandy Patinkin, opens at St James Theater, NYC; runs for 706 performances, winning 3 Tony Awards
  • Apr 26 "Dinosaurs" premieres on ABC-TV

Television Finale

May 3 356th & final episode of CBS second longest running series TV show "Dallas", (2nd only to "Gunsmoke")

  • May 4 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Doug Kent
  • May 9 Italian actress Laura Antonelli found guilty of cocaine possession (conviction overturned 2006)
  • May 9 Michael Landon appears on The Tonight Show to talk about his cancer prognosis
  • May 17 Lupita Jones, 23, of Mexico, crowned 40th Miss Universe
  • May 20 44th Cannes Film Festival: "Barton Fink" directed by Ethan and Joel Coen wins the Palme d'Or

Film & TV History

Jun 6 NBC announces Jay Leno will succeed Johnny Carson as host on "The Tonight Show" on May 25, 1992

Television Finale

Jun 10 David Lynch's "Twin Peaks" final episode airs on ABC-TV

Film Release

Jun 14 "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" opens directed by Kevin Reynolds and starring Kevin Costner and Morgan Freeman

Music Recording

Jun 23 "Weird Al" Yankovic records "Babalu Music"

Daytime Emmy Awards

Jun 27 Emmy 18th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 12th time

Theatrical Finale

Jun 29 "Jackie Mason - Brand New" closes at Neil Simon Theater, NYC, after 216 performances

Film Premiere

Jul 1 "Terminator 2: Judgement Day" directed by James Cameron, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton and Edward Furlong premieres at Century City, California

Film Release

Jul 2 Film "Boyz n the Hood" directed by John Singleton, starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Ice Cube is released

  • Jul 4 24th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Pan Pacific Hotel
  • Jul 26 Paul Reubens (Pee-wee Herman) is arrested in Florida, for exposing himself at an adult movie theater
  • Jul 30 MTV announces it will split into 3 channels in 1993

Film & TV History

Aug 1 Actress Hedy Lamarr, aged 77 is arrested for shoplifting in Florida

Film & TV History

Aug 8 Actor Gary Oldman is arrested for drunk driving

  • Aug 19 Janel Bishop, 17, of New Hampshire, crowned 9th Miss Teen USA
  • Aug 25 43rd Emmy Awards: "LA Law", "Cheers", Kirstie Alley & Patricia Wettig win

Telethon

Sep 2 Jerry Lewis' 26th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $45,071,657

  • Sep 3 48th Venice Film Festival: "Close to Eden" directed by Nikita Mikhalkov wins Golden Lion
  • Sep 7 "The New WKRP in Cincinnati", an ensemble TV sitcom sequel created by Hugh Wilson and set in a struggling radio station debuts in syndication; 3 members of the original series cast reprise their roles
  • Sep 14 16th Toronto International Film Festival: "The Fisher King" directed by Terry Gilliam wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 14 Carolyn Suzanne Sapp (Hawaii), 24, crowned 65th Miss America 1992
  • Sep 24 "Good & Evil" & "Sibs" premieres on ABC TV
  • Sep 25 "Good & Evil" premieres on ABC TV
  • Sep 27 "Princesses" premieres on CBS TV
  • Sep 28 "Commish" debuts on ABC-TV

Film Premiere

Sep 29 Gus Van Sant's film "My Own Private Idaho" starring Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix premieres

Film Release

Oct 18 "My Own Private Idaho" directed and written by Gus van Sant starring River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves is released

  • Oct 27 "André Heller's Wonderhouse", starring Billy Barty, closes at Broadhurst Theatre, NYC, after 9 performances

Film & TV History

Nov 12 US TV series "Full House" 100th episode, the twins are born

Television Premiere

Nov 14 Michael Jackson's "Black or White" music video with groundbreaking morphing effects premieres simultaneously in 27 countries on MTV, Fox TV and BBC's Top of the Pops

  • Nov 17 1st TV condom ad aired (FOX- TV)

Film Release

Nov 22 "Phool Aur Kaante", the film debut of famous Indian actor Ajay Devgan, is released

  • Nov 24 CFL Grey Cup, Winnipeg Stadium: Toronto Argonauts defeat Calgary Stampeders, 36-21; Argos under new ownership of LA Kings owner Bruce McNall, hockey player Wayne Gretzky and actor John Candy
  • Nov 27 Undertaker beats Hulk Hogan to become new WWF champ
  • Nov 29 TV show "Roc" has a gay wedding episode - Can't Help Loving that Man
  • Dec 3 Hulk Hogan defeats the Undertaker at 'This Tuesday in Texas' at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio to become 4-time WWF champion
  • Dec 6 "Star Trek VI-Undiscovered Country" premieres

Film Premiere

Dec 11 "Hook", a swashbuckling film sequel to the Peter Pan story, directed by Steven Spielberg, and starring Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman premieres

  • Dec 17 Soap opera "One Life To Live" airs its 6,000th episode
  • Dec 18 DeForest Kelly (Dr McCoy on Star Trek) gets a star in Hollywood

Film Premiere

Dec 20 "Father of the Bride" film comedy starring Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, and Martin Short, premieres; film is a re-make of 1950 vehicle for Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor

  • Dec 28 Ninibeth Beatriz Leal Jiminez, 20, of Venez, crowned 41st Miss World

Theatrical Finale

Dec 29 "A Christmas Carol", starring Patrick Stewart, in a one-man show, closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater, NYC, after a limited run of 14 performances

  • Dec 29 12th United Negro College Fund "Parade of Stars" telethon, hosted by Lou Rawls airs from Aquarius Theatre in Hollywood, and The Apollo Theatre in Harlem, NYC