Events in Film & TV on December 19

Music Premiere

1946 Noël Coward's musical "Pacific 1860" premieres in London

  • 1949 WJW TV channel 8 in Cleveland, Ohio (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 KFYR TV channel 5 in Bismarck, ND (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1957 Meredith Willson's musical "The Music Man", starring Robert Preston and Barbara Cook, opens at Majestic Theater, NYC; runs for 1375 performances, wins 5 Tony and a Grammy Award

Music Recording

1960 Frank Sinatra's 1st session with Reprise Records ("Ring-A-Ding-Ding")

  • 1964 "Gertrud", Danish film directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer, starring Nina Pens Rode, Bendt Rothe and Ebbe Rode, is released in France
  • 1968 WCWB (now WMGT) TV channel 41 in Macon, GA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1971 CBS airs "Homecoming A Christmas Story," (introducing the Waltons)

A Clockwork Orange

1971 Stanley Kubrick's X-rated film "A Clockwork Orange" based on the book by Anthony Burgess and starring Malcolm McDowell premieres

Film Premiere

1974 "The Man with the Golden Gun", 9th James Bond film, starring Roger Moore, Britt Ekland and Christopher Lee, premieres in London

Film Release

1979 "Kramer vs Kramer" directed by Robert Benton and starring Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep is released (Best Picture 1980)

Film Release

1980 "Raging Bull", directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro as boxer Jake LaMotta and Cathy Moriarty as his wife, is released in the United States

Film Release

1986 "Platoon" directed by Oliver Stone, starring Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, and Willem Dafoe is released (Academy Awards Best Picture & Best Director)

Music Premiere

1996 Revival of Mary Rodgers and Marshall Barer's musical comedy "Once Upon a Mattress", starring Sarah Jessica Parker, opens at Broadhurst Theatre, NYC; runs for 188 performances

Film Release

2001 "The Fellowship of the Ring", 1st Lord of the Rings film is released. Makes US$47 million US opening weekend, $871 million total worldwide.

  • 2015 Third Democratic presidential candidates debate, broadcast by ABC, held in Goffstown, New Hampshire