Events in Film & TV on December 15

Film Premiere

1939 "Gone With The Wind", drama film directed by Victor Fleming and starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, premieres in Atlanta (Best Picture 1940, inflation not adjusted highest-grossing film of all time)

  • 1952 KHON TV channel 2 in Honolulu, HI (NBC) begins broadcasting

Music Premiere

1952 Vernon Duke, Ogden Nash and Sammy Cahn's musical revue "Two's Company", starring Bette Davis, and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, opens at Alvin Theater, NYC; runs for 90 performances

  • 1953 WJHG TV channel 7 in Panama City, FL (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1956 KGW TV channel 8 in Portland, OR (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1956 WRAL TV channel 5 in Raleigh-Durham, NC (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1961 Equal access rule, political parties get TV broadcasting time

#1 in the Charts

1962 Comedian-impressionist Vaughn Meader's "1st Family" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 12 weeks

  • 1973 Pirates of Caribbean ride opens at Disneyland

Film Premiere

1997 "Spice World" movie directed by Bob Spiers and starring girl pop group the Spice Girls premieres in the UK

Film Release

2004 "Million Dollar Baby", directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman is released (Best Picture 2005)

  • 2011 ESPN and the NCAA extend their TV rights deal through 2023-24, giving the network worldwide multi-media rights to 24 NCAA championships for various sports; deal worth $500m

Appointment of Interest

2017 Anita Hill is appointed to lead a Hollywood commission on sexual harassment, spearheaded by Kathleen Kennedy

  • 2017 Pakistani teenager Ahed Tamimi filmed slapping Israeli officers during protest, arrested 4 days later

COVID-19 Pandemic

2020 UK newspaper "The Sun" publishes recording of Tom Cruise berating his film crew for breaking COVID-19 protocols