On This Day

Events in Film & TV on December 11

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1882 Victorien Sardous "Fedora" with Sarah Bernhardt, premieres in Paris

Stage and Film Actress Sarah Bernhardt
Stage and Film Actress
Sarah Bernhardt
  • 1909 Colored moving pictures demonstrated at Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • 1948 WHEN (now WTVH) TV channel 5 in Syracuse, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1948 WMC TV channel 5 in Memphis, Tennessee (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949 WOAI (now KMOL) TV channel 4 in San Antonio, TX (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 1953 KTVA TV channel 11 in Anchorage (CBS) becomes Alaska's 1st TV station

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1960 Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh's musical "Wildcat" with Lucille Ball premieres in New York City

Actress and Comedian Lucille Ball
Actress and Comedian
Lucille Ball

Film release premierFilm Premier

1967 "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner", directed by Stanley Kramer, starring Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier and Katharine Hepburn, premieres in NYC (Hepburn - Academy Award for Best Actress 1968)

  • 1968 KECC (now KECY) TV channel 9 in El Centro, CA (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1978 NBC premiere of "A Woman Called Moses"

Film release premierFilm Premier

1980 "Magnum P.I." starring Tom Selleck premieres on CBS

  • 1985 General Electric acquires RCA Corp & its subsidiary, NBC

Film release premierFilm Release

1987 "Wall Street" film directed by Oliver Stone and starring Michael Douglas and Charlie Sheen is released

Film release premierFilm Premier

1991 "Hook", a swashbuckling film sequel to the Peter Pan story, directed by Steven Spielberg, and starring Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman premieres

Actor Dustin Hoffman
Actor
Dustin Hoffman
Actor and Comedian Robin Williams
Actor and Comedian
Robin Williams
Director Steven Spielberg
Director
Steven Spielberg

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 US President George H.W. Bush awards actress and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Actress Audrey Hepburn
Actress
Audrey Hepburn
41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2011 Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek suffers a minor heart attack in his home and is admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

TV Host of Jeopardy! Alex Trebek
TV Host of Jeopardy!
Alex Trebek

Book releaseHistoric Publication

2015 "Playboy" magazine publishes its last nude issue, features Pamela Anderson on the cover