On This Day

Events in Film & TV on December 26

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1924 Frances Gumm (later Judy Garland), age 2½, billed as 'Baby Frances', makes her show business debut

Actress Judy Garland
Actress
Judy Garland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1928 Johnny Weissmuller announces his retirement from amateur swimming

Swimmer and Actor Johnny Weissmuller
Swimmer and Actor
Johnny Weissmuller

Film release premierFilm Release

1940 "The Philadelphia Story" film directed by George Cukor, based on the Broadway play of the same name, starring Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and James Stewart, is released (Academy Awards Best Actor 1941)

Film release premierFilm Release

1951 "The African Queen", directed by John Huston and based on the 1935 novel of the same name, starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn, is released in LA, California (Academy Awards Best Actor 1952)

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1960 Musical "Do re mi" with Phil Silvers premieres St James Theater in NYC

Comedian and Actor Phil Silvers
Comedian and Actor
Phil Silvers
  • 1967 BBC broadcasts "Magical Mystery Tour"

Film release premierFilm Premier

1973 Horror film "The Exorcist" based on book and screenplay by William Peter Blatty, starring Linda Blair, rated X, premieres - 1st horror film to be nominated for Best Picture

Writer & Filmmaker William Peter Blatty
Writer & Filmmaker
William Peter Blatty
Actor Max Von Sydow
Actor
Max Von Sydow
  • 1996 Six-year-old beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey is found beaten and strangled in the basement of her family's home in Boulder, Colorado