On This Day

Events in Film & TV on December 21

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1914 1st feature-length silent film comedy "Tillie's Punctured Romance" released starring Marie Dressler, Mabel Normand and Charlie Chaplin

Actress Marie Dressler
Actress
Marie Dressler
Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker
Charlie Chaplin
  • 1925 "Battleship Potemkin", Soviet silent film directed by Sergei Eisenstein, starring Aleksandr Antonov, Vladimir Barksy and Grigori Aleksandrov, premieres in Moscow

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1933 Fox Films signs Shirley Temple aged 5, to a studio contract

Actress and Diplomat Shirley Temple
Actress and Diplomat
Shirley Temple

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1937 The first full-length animated feature film and the earliest in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", premieres at the Carthay Circle Theatre

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney

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1949 "Samson and Delilah", directed and produced by Cecil B. DeMille, starring Hedy Lamarr and Victor Mature, premieres in New York

Actress and Inventor Hedy Lamarr
Actress and Inventor
Hedy Lamarr
Filmmaker and Director Cecil B. DeMille
Filmmaker and Director
Cecil B. DeMille
  • 1952 WSBT TV channel 22 in South Bend, IN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 KOMU TV channel 8 in Columbia, MO (NBC/PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1955 2nd National Film Awards (India): "Mirza Ghalib" wins the Golden Lotus

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1966 Cult film "King of Hearts" (Le Roi de cœur) premieres directed by Philippe de Broca starring Alan Bates

Film Director Philippe de Broca
Film Director
Philippe de Broca

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1968 Glen Campbell's album "Wichita Lineman" goes to No. 1 in the US

Actor and Country Singer Glen Campbell
Actor and Country Singer
Glen Campbell

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1969 Diana Ross final TV appearance as a Supreme (Ed Sullivan Show)

TV Host Ed Sullivan
TV Host
Ed Sullivan
  • 1970 WUTV TV channel 29 in Buffalo, NY (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 2012 "Gangnam Style" by Psy becomes the first video to reach one billion views on YouTube

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2012 Flavor Flav's Chicken & Ribs opens in Sterling Heights, Michigan

Rapper & TV star Flavor Flav
Rapper & TV star
Flavor Flav

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2016 Indian sports drama film "Dangal" directed by Nitesh Tiwari and starring Aamir Khan, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra premieres - first Indian film to earn $300 million worldwide

Actor and Director Aamir Khan
Actor and Director
Aamir Khan