Events in Film & TV on December 26

Music History

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

Sports History

1928 Johnny Weissmuller announces his retirement from amateur swimming

Film 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

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)

Film Release

1957 Swedish film "Wild Strawberries" is released, written and directed by legendary filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, considered one of his best

Music Premiere

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

  • 1965 "Funny Girl" based on the life of Fanny Brice, with Barbra Streisand closes on Broadway
  • 1967 BBC broadcasts The Beatles psychedelic travelogue "Magical Mystery Tour"

Film Premiere

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

  • 1996 Six-year-old beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey is found beaten and strangled in the basement of her family's home in Boulder, Colorado