Events in Film & TV on December 17

  • 1936 Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen & dummy Charlie McCarthy, appear on TV
  • 1947 WEWS TV channel 5 in Cleveland, Ohio (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 WEAU TV channel 13 in Eau Claire, WI (NBC) begins broadcasting

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1957 The last episode of The Nat King Cole Show airs on NBC due to lack of national sponsorship

Musician Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole

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1964 "Goldfinger", 3rd James Bond film, starring Sean Connery and Honor Blackman premieres in London

Music concertMusic Concert

1965 Astrodome opens, 1st event is Judy Garland & Supremes concert

Actress Judy Garland
Judy Garland
  • 1967 WEDW TV channel 49 in Bridgeport, Connecticut (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1971 "Diamonds are Forever", 7th James Bond film, last starring Sean Conner, also starring Jill St. John is 1st released in West Germany
  • 1972 WGVC (now WUCX) TV channel 35 in Grand Rapids, MI (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1989 "The Simpsons" premieres on Fox TV as a full animated series with the episode, "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire"

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1989 The Simpsons, created by Matt Groening, debuts - America's longest-running sitcom

Cartoonist Matt Groening
Matt Groening
  • 1991 Soap opera "One Life To Live" airs its 6,000th episode
  • 2003 "The Return of the King" 3rd Lord of the Ring films is released. Makes US$72 million opening weekend, 2nd film to gross over 1 billion worldwide.

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2014 Sony Pictures cancels the release of "The Interview", starring Seth Rogen, Lizzy Caplan, and James Franco, after a cyber attack on the studio

Actor & Writer Seth Rogen
Actor & Writer
Seth Rogen
  • 2017 "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" takes more than $450m worldwide in its opening weekend, 2nd largest opening in North America ($220m)