On This Day

Events in Film & TV on December 19

  • 1949 WJW TV channel 8 in Cleveland, Ohio (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 KFYR TV channel 5 in Bismarck, ND (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting

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

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 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)

Film PremierA Clockwork Orange

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

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

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

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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 Director Martin Scorsese
Film Director
Martin Scorsese
Actor Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
Actress Cathy Moriarty
Cathy Moriarty

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1986 "Platoon" directed by Oliver Stone and starring Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger and Willem Dafoe is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1987)

  • 1997 MTV drops video "Smack My Bitch Up" by Prodigy

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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.

Actress Liv Tyler
Liv Tyler
Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien
  • 2015 Third Democratic presidential candidates debate, broadcast by ABC, held in Goffstown, New Hampshire