On This Day

Events in Film & TV on December 23

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1911 Frank Wedekind's "Oaha, die Satire der Satire" premieres in Munich

Actor and Playwright Frank Wedekind
Actor and Playwright
Frank Wedekind
  • 1928 NBC sets up a permanent, coast-to-coast radio network

AgreementContract of Interest

1930 Bette Davis arrives in Hollywood under contract to Universal Studios

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis

Film PremierThe Wizard of Oz

1938 Margaret Hamilton's costume catches fire while filming "The Wizard of Oz"

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Publicity still of the Wizard of Oz, showing the Tin Man, Scarecrow, Dorothy and Cowardly Lion
Publicity still of the Wizard of Oz, showing the Tin Man, Scarecrow, Dorothy and Cowardly Lion
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  • 1951 National Football League Championship, LA Memorial Coliseum: Los Angeles Rams beat Cleveland Browns, 24-17; first coast-to-coast televised NFL title game
  • 1961 KICU TV channel 43 in Visalia-Fresno, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1966 Britain's rock TV show "Ready Steady Go" last program
  • 1990 Comedy "Lettice & Lovage" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 284 performances

Film release premierFilm Release

1997 "As Good as It Gets" film released written and directed by James L. Brooks, starring Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt