Events in Film & TV on December 10

Theater Premiere

1899 Frank Wedekind's play "Der Kammersänger" premieres in Berlin

  • 1926 1st radio broadcast in the Sprinfield area (WCBS)
  • 1952 WSLS TV channel 10 in Roanoke, VA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 KOMO TV channel 4 in Seattle, WA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 WSTV (now WTOV) TV channel 9 in Steubenville-Wheeling, OH (CBS) begins

Film Premiere

1962 David Lean's film "Lawrence of Arabia", based on life of T. E. Lawrence and starring Peter O'Toole, premieres at Odeon Leicester Square (Academy Awards Best Picture 1963)

Music History

1963 6-year old Donny Osmond's singing debut on Andy Williams Show

Film & TV History

1967 CBS officially renames CBS-TV Studio 50 in New York (built in 1927 as Hammerstein's Theatre), as "The Ed Sullivan Theater" in celebration of the 20th anniversary of his program

Film & TV History

1971 Lucasfilm Ltd. is founded as a film and television production company by George Lucas in San Francisco, California

Pro Wrestling

1973 Bruno Sammartino beats Stan Stasiak, to become WWWF champ for 2nd time

Film Premiere

1978 Superman: The Movie, directed by Richard Donner and starring Christopher Reeve, Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman and Margot Kidder premieres at the Uptown Theater in Washington, D.C.

Film Premiere

1985 "Out of Africa", based on the book by Isak Dinesen, directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford premieres in Los Angeles (Best Picture 1986)

  • 1987 "Nightline" is seen in USSR for 1st time

Film Premiere

2001 "The Fellowship of the Ring" Lord of the Rings film directed by Peter Jackson and starring Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen premieres in London

  • 2016 "Rogue One", 1st of the Star Wars Anthology films, directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Felicity Jones, premieres in Los Angeles