Events in Film & TV on December 16

Film & TV History

1913 Charlie Chaplin begins his film career at Keystone for $150 a week

Music History

1924 Noël Coward's "Vortex" premieres in London

  • 1936 John Monks and Fred Finklehoff's play "Brother Rat" premieres in New York City

Film & TV History

1950 Child star Shirley Temple announces her retirement from films aged 22

  • 1951 NBC premiere of "Dragnet" in black and white

Film Release

1962 "Lawrence of Arabia" film directed by David Lean and starring Peter O'Toole, is released in the United States

  • 1967 "Playtime", French film directed by Jacques Tati, starring himself, is released
  • 1968 KFIZ TV channel 34 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin begins broadcasting

Film Premiere

1968 Musical-fantasy film "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", co-written by Roald Dahl and director Ken Hughes, starring Dick Van Dyke and Sally Ann Howes, with songs by Sherman and Sherman, premieres at the Odeon Leicester Square theater, London

Film Premiere

1969 Film adaptation of "Hello Dolly" starring Barbra Streisand premieres; wins 3 Academy Awards

  • 1970 "Love Story" film based on the novel by Erich Segal, directed by Arthur Hiller and starring Ryan O'Neal and Ali McGraw is released
  • 1975 1st broadcast of "One Day at a Time" on CBS TV
  • 1979 "An American Christmas Carol" directed by Eric Till starring Henry Winkler premieres in the US

Film Premiere

1985 Film "The Color Purple" based on novel by Alice Walker, directed by Stephen Spielberg starring Whoopi Goldberg and Danny Glover premieres in New York

Film & TV History

1993 Shannen Doherty (Brenda) is fired from TV series Beverly Hills 90210

Television Finale

2010 Final episode of TV talk show "Larry King Live" airs on CNN