Events in Film & TV on December 14

  • 1952 KROD (now KDBC) TV channel 4 in El Paso, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 WOAY TV channel 4 in Oak Hill-Beckley, WV (ABC) begins broadcasting

TV Show Appearance

1969 Jackson Five make their 1st appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show"

  • 1971 U.S. premiere of "Nicholas and Alexandra", film adaptation of Robert K. Massie's best selling novel

Film Release

1974 Disaster film "The Towering Inferno" is released, starring Steve McQueen and Paul Newman

  • 1988 CBS' $1.1 B bid wins exclusive 1990-94 major-league baseball rights
  • 1989 Biographical drama film "Sikwood", directed by Mike Nichols, and starring Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell, and Cher premieres

Film Premiere

1993 "Philadelphia" one of the first mainstream films about AIDS, directed by Jonathan Demme, starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington premieres in Century City, California

  • 1996 12th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins

Theater Premiere

1997 Revival of Arthur Miller's dramatic play "A View From the Bridge", starring Anthony LaPaglia, Allison Janney, and Brittany Murphy. opens at the Criterion Theater, NYC; runs for 239 performance, wins 2 Tony and 4 Drama Desk Awards

Film & TV History

2013 Venkatraman Ramakrishnan is named as one of the 25 Greatest Global Living Indians by NDTV Channel, India

Film Premiere

2015 "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" directed by J.J. Abrams and starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Harrison Ford has its world premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles

Music Concert

2016 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, Ronnie Spector, Idina Menzal, Darlene Love, and Jennifer Nettles

  • 2017 The Walt Disney Company buys most of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion
  • 2019 Bel Air mansion featured in TV series "The Beverly Hillbillies" sells for $150 million, becoming California's most expensive property
  • 2019 Miss World won by Miss Jamaica Toni-Ann Singh in London. First time all five major beauty titles held by black women.