Events in Film & TV on December 11

Theater Premiere

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

  • 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 Premiere

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

Film Premiere

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"

Television Premiere

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

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

Film Premiere

1987 Martin Ritt's dramatic film "Nuts", starring Barbra Streisand and Richard Dreyfus premieres

Film Premiere

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

Film & TV History

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

  • 2009 Angry Birds, a Finnish puzzle video game released internationally

Film & TV History

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

Historic Publication

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