Events in Film & Television in 1993

  • Jan 1 "Farewell My Concubine" directed by Chen Kaige from novel by Lilian Lee starring Leslie Cheung, Zhang Fengyi and Gong Li premieres in Hong Kong (Cannes Palme d'Or 1993)
  • Jan 4 7th largest wrestling crowd (63,500-Tokyo Dome)
  • Jan 5 Price is Right model Janice Pennington sues CBS for show accident

Film & TV History

Jan 8 NBC offers "The Tonight Show" to David Letterman

Film & TV History

Jan 8 Robert Rodriguez's "El Mariachi" debuts at the Toronto Film Fetsival - will become lowest-budgeted film ever to gross $1 million

Hall of Fame

Jan 12 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Ruth Brown; Cream; Creedence Clearwater Revival; The Doors; Etta James; Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers; Van Morrison; Sly and the Family Stone; Dinah Washington; Dick Clark; and Milt Gabler

Music History

Jan 14 "Anna Christie" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 54 performances, starring Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson,

  • Jan 14 David Letterman announces his show is moving from NBC to CBS
  • Jan 15 Soap opera "Santa Barbara" final show on NBC TV
  • Jan 16 25th NAACP Image Awards: "Boyz n the Hood" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Jan 17 14th ACE Cable Awards: Bravo! wins the Golden CableACE for its dedication to films, cultural arts and performing arts programming
  • Jan 31 9th Sundance Film Festival: "Ruby in Paradise" and "Public Access" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Album Release

Feb 7 Carmen Electra releases her self-titled debut album, "Carmen Electra"

  • Feb 8 GM sues NBC, alleging that "Dateline NBC" program had rigged 2 car-truck crashes to show that 1973-87 GM pickups were prone to fires

Music History

Feb 10 "Michael Jackson Talks To Oprah Winfrey" airs on ABC & drew an astounding 39.3 rating/56 share, 90 million people

  • Feb 11 43rd Berlin International Film Festival: "Woman Sesame Oil Maker" and "The Wedding Banquet" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • Feb 19 Kenya Moore, 22, (Michigan), crowned 42nd Miss USA
  • Feb 26 9th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins

Film & TV History

Feb 28 7th American Comedy Award: Jerry Seinfeld

  • Mar 1 New expansion NHL team, owned in Anaheim, CA by Disney, receives its name, inspired by the 1992 Disney movie 'The Mighty Ducks'

Film & TV History

Mar 2 Actress Claudette Colbert suffers a stroke at 89

Music Concert

Mar 2 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, James Taylor, Bryan Adams, Tom Jones, George Michael, and Herb Alpert

Film & TV History

Mar 4 Katharine Hepburn admitted to hospital suffering from exhaustion

  • Mar 7 Diff'rent Strokes actor Todd Bridges arrested for stabbing a tenant
  • Mar 8 Katharine Hepburn released from the hospital after exhaustion
  • Mar 12 Cleveland radio station WMMS-FM/101.7 is bought by Disney
  • Mar 12 Entertainment Tonight's 3,000th show

Film and TV Awards

Mar 17 19th People's Choice Awards: Kevin Costner & Demi Moore win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Tim Allen & Candice Bergen win (TV)

Hall of Fame

Mar 22 André the Giant's induction into inaugural WWE Hall of Fame is announced; no ceremony takes place and he is inducted posthumously

  • Mar 28 13th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Shining Through" wins

Academy Awards

Mar 29 Actress Elizabeth Taylor presented with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her AIDS/HIV activism at 65th Academy Awards

  • Mar 30 Lanford Wilson's play "Redwood Curtain", starring Jeff Daniels, opens at Brooks Atkinson Theatre, NYC; runs for 40 performances

WrestleMania

Apr 4 WrestleMania IX, Caesar's Palace, LV, NV: Yokozuna beats Bret Hart for WWF Heavyweight title

Theater Premiere

Apr 13 Tom Stoppard's play "Arcadia" premieres in London directed by Trevor Nunn, starring Rufus Sewell, Felicity Kendal and Bill Nighy

Television Debut

Apr 21 Action TV series "Walker, Texas Ranger" starring Chuck Norris debuts on CBS

Farm Aid Concert

Apr 24 Farm Aid VI held in Ames, Iowa; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Arlo Guthrie, The Jayhawks, Lyle Lovett, Johnny Cash, Ricky Van Shelton, Marty Stuart, Martina McBride, Bruce Hornsby, Bryan Adams, Ringo Starr, and Dwight Yoakam [1]

Film & TV History

Apr 26 NBC announces Conan O'Brien to replace David Letterman on "Late Night"

  • May 8 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Phil Ware
  • May 10 Last TV appearance of Dutch television presenter Mies Bouwman
  • May 12 Final episode of 6 year run of ABC's "Wonder Years" in Netherlands

Film & TV History

May 13 Arsenio Hall's 1,000th show retrospective seen in Netherlands

  • May 13 CBS' soap opera "Knots Landing" ends 14 year-run with 334th show in Netherlands and US
  • May 20 274th & final "Cheers" episode airs on NBC
  • May 21 Dayanara Torres, 18, of Puerto Rico, crowned 42nd Miss Universe

Film & TV History

May 24 46th Cannes Film Festival: "Ba wang bie ji" directed by Chen Kaige and "The Piano" directed by Jane Campion jointly awarded the Palme d'Or

TV Show Appearance

May 24 Star Trek episode "Second Chances" airs guest starring Mae Jemison, the 1st real life astronaut to appear on the show

Daytime Emmy Awards

May 26 Emmy 20th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 14th time

  • Jun 1 Connie Chung joins Dan Rather as anchors of CBS Evening News

Album Release

Jun 8 Drag queen RuPaul releases his debut album "Supermodel of the World"

Film Release

Jun 11 "Jurassic Park", directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum opens, sets box office weekend record of $502 million

  • Jun 11 "Scattergories" game show last airs on NBC-TV
  • Jun 11 "Scrabble," second run," TV Game Show; last airs on NBC-TV
  • Jun 13 YokoZuna beats Hulk Hogan to become WWF champ

Music Premiere

Jun 21 Revival of Lerner and Loewe' musical "Camelot", with Robert Goulet as King Arthur, opens at Gershwin Theater, NYC; runs for 56 performances

Glastonbury Festival

Jun 25 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: The Black Crowes, and The Kinks headline; other performers include Winton Marsalis, Robert Plant, Velvet Underground, Hothouse Flowers, Van Morrison, John Prine, Rolf Harris, Lenny Kravitz, and Barenaked Ladies

  • Jun 28 NCRV shows last "Cheers" in Netherlands

Music Premiere

Jul 12 Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Sunset Boulevard", based on Billy Wilder's 1950 film, starring Patti Lupone and Daniel Benzali, opens at the Adelphi Theatre, London

Film Release

Jul 25 Romantic comedy film "Sleepless in Seattle" is released starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, directed by Nora Ephron

  • Jul 27 NBC TV awarded 1996 Olympic coverage for $456 million
  • Jul 29 Walter Koenig (Chekov in Star Trek) suffers a mild heart attack
  • Aug 1 Walter Koenig, Chekov of Star Trek, suffers a heart attack
  • Aug 2 Shamrock Broadcasting, a Disney company, officially takes ownership of Cleveland's WMMS-FM/100.7 & WHK-AM/1420
  • Aug 10 Charlotte Anne Lopez, 16, of Vermont, crowned 11th Miss Teen USA

Musical Finale

Aug 15 Marvin Hamlisch and David Zippel's musical adaptation of Neil Simon's "The Goodbye Girl" closes at Marquis Theater, NYC, after 188 performances

  • Aug 19 26th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Doubletree Hotel
  • Aug 30 "Late Show with David Letterman" debuts on CBS, from the Ed Sullivan Theater in NYC; Bill Murray is his first guest, Billy Joel performs

Venice Film Festival

Aug 31 50th Venice Film Festival: "Short Cuts" directed by Robert Altman and "Three Colors: Blue" directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski jointly awarded Golden Lion

Music History

Sep 1 Revival of Peter Shaffer's farce double-bill "White Liars/Black Comedy" opens at Criterion Theater, NYC; runs for 38 performances

Film & TV History

Sep 5 F. Murray Abraham released from hospital after car accident

Telethon

Sep 6 Jerry Lewis' 28th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $46,014,922

  • Sep 10 "The X-Files", created by Chris Carter and starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson debuts on Fox

Television Premiere

Sep 16 "Frasier" starring Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce premieres on NBC

  • Sep 18 18th Toronto International Film Festival: "The Snapper" directed by Stephen Frears wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 18 Kimberly Clarice Aiken (SC), 18, crowned 67th Miss America 1994
  • Sep 19 45th Emmy Awards: Seinfeld, Picket Fences & Ted Danson win
  • Sep 19 Actress Michele Phillips (Knots Landing) is robbed at gunpoint
  • Sep 19 Kimberly Clarice Aiken, 18, Miss SC wins 67th Miss America
  • Sep 27 Actor Daniel Day-Lewis pleads guilty to speeding charges

Television Debut

Sep 27 British crime series "Cracker" created by Jimmy McGovern starring Robbie Coltrane debuts on ITV in the UK

  • Sep 29 "Grace Under Fire" starring Brett Butler debuts on ABC-TV
  • Oct 3 "White Liars/Black Comedy" closes at Criterion NYC after 38 performances

Historic Publication

Oct 8 Howard Stern releases his 1st book "Private Parts"

  • Oct 13 Captured American Pilot Mike Durant is filmed in an interview in captivity by a CNN camera crew.

Film & TV History

Nov 2 Actor Roger Moore (James Bond) has his enlarged prostate removed

  • Nov 6 Actor Howard Rollins arrested for drunk driving
  • Nov 18 WWF boss Vince McMahon charged with steroid distribution
  • Nov 22 Neil Simon's comedy "Laughter on the 23rd Floor" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater, NYC; runs for 320 performances
  • Nov 27 Lisa Hanna, 18, of Jamaica, crowned 43rd Miss World
  • Nov 30 "Schindler's List", American historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, and Ralph Fiennes, premieres in Washington, D.C. (Academy Awards Best Picture 1994)
  • Dec 7 American singer Robert Goulet undergoes prostate cancer surgery

Film Premiere

Dec 14 "Philadelphia" one of the first mainstream films about AIDS, directed by Jonathan Demme, starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington premieres in Century City, California

Film & TV History

Dec 16 Shannen Doherty (Brenda) is fired from TV series Beverly Hills 90210

Music Concert

Dec 31 Barbra Streisand performs her 1st public concert in 20 years before a sell-out crows of over 25,000 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada