Events in Film & TV on December 1

  • 1903 "The Great Train Robbery" the 1st Western film, released starring Justus D. Barnes and G. M. Anderson
  • 1919 AA Milne's comedy play "Mr Pim Passes By" premieres in Manchester
  • 1949 WBNG TV channel 12 in Binghamton, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1949 WKTV TV channel 2 in Utica, NY (NBC) begins broadcasting

Historic Publication

1953 Hugh Hefner publishes 1st edition of Playboy magazine, featuring Marilyn Monroe as the magazine's 1st centerfold

  • 1953 WAIM (now WAXA) TV channel 40 in Anderson, SC (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 1953 WCSH TV channel 6 in Portland, ME (NBC) begins broadcasting

Music History

1956 Musical comedy film "The Girl Can't Help It" starring Jayne Mansfield with cameos by rock 'n' roll stars Little Richard, Eddie Cochran, and Gene Vincent

Music History

1957 Sam Cooke and Buddy Holly & the Crickets both debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show"

  • 1962 KGMB TV channel 9 in Honolulu, HI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1980 Mel Harris appears on M*A*S*H in "Cementing Relationships"

Film Premiere

1984 "Beverly Hills Cop" directed by Martin Brest and starring Eddie Murphy and Judge Reinhold premieres in Los Angeles

  • 1984 American boxer Greg Page KOs home town favourite Gerrie Coetzee in 8th round to win WBA heavyweight title in Sun City, South Africa
  • 1985 Noraly Beyer becomes Neth's 1st black TV newscaster

Film & TV History

1985 TV mini series "Anne of Green Gables" based on the novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery, starring Megan Follows is first shown on CBS in Canada

  • 1988 NBC bids a record $401 million to capture television broadcasting rights for the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympic Games
  • 1997 Westinghouse formally changes its name to CBS

Film Premiere

2003 "The Return of the King", 3rd and final film in the Lord of the Rings series, directed by Peter Jackson and starring Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen premieres in Wellington, New Zealand

  • 2014 "The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies", 3rd and final Hobbit film, directed by Peter Jackson, starring Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen, premieres in London

Music Premiere

2018 Ariana Grande releases the music video to her single "Thank U Next", biggest ever launch on Youtube Premiere

Film Premiere

2018 Computer-animated film "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" premieres in Los Angeles (Academy Award Best Animated Film 2019)

  • 2018 Egyptian actress Rania Youssef charged for "inciting debauchery" after wearing see-through dress to Cairo film festival
  • 2018 World's first super-high definition 8K television channel by Japanese broadcaster NHK launches

Film & TV History

2020 Actor Elliot Page, formerly known as Ellen Page, reveals he is transgender