Events in Film & TV on December 25

Radio Premiere

1937 Arturo Toscanini conducts 1st "Symphony of the Air" concert over NBC Radio

Film & TV History

1938 George Cukor announces Vivien Leigh will play Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone With The Wind"

  • 1954 WSFA TV channel 12 in Montgomery, AL (NBC) begins broadcasting

Music History

1957 Richard Starkey (later better known as Ringo Starr) receives his first drum set

Film Release

1962 "To Kill a Mockingbird", a film adaptation of the novel by Harper Lee, directed by Robert Mulligan and starring Gregory Peck, is released (Gregory Peck - Best Actor Academy Awards 1963)

  • 1963 Walt Disney's "The Sword in the Stone" is released

Music History

1964 George Harrison's girlfriend Pattie Boyd attacked by female Beatle fans

Engagement of Interest

1967 Beatle Paul McCartney and British actress Jane Asher get engaged; engagement publicly broken six months later

Film Premiere

1973 "The Sting" directed by George Roy Hill, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford and music inspired by Scott Joplin premieres in Los Angeles and New York (Best Picture 1974)

  • 1983 1st live telecast of Christmas Parade at the EPCOT Centre, Disney World Florida

Film Premiere

1990 "The Godfather Part III" directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Al Pacino, Diane Keaton and Andy Garcia premieres

  • 1994 "Comedy Tonight" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • 1997 For 1st time US movie box office receipts pass $6 billion

Television Finale

1997 Jerry Seinfeld announces the final season of his TV show "Seinfeld" will air the following year

Film Release

2013 "The Wolf of Wall Street", starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill, is released

Film Release

2014 "Unbroken", drama film directed by Angelina Jolie and starring Jack O'Connell and Domhall Gleeson, released in the United States