Events in Film & TV on December 5

Theater Premiere

1859 Dion Boucicault's stage melodrama "The Octaroon" opens at The Winter Garden Theatre, NYC

  • 1941 "Sullivan's Travels", directed by Preston Sturges and starring Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake, is released
  • 1954 KTEW (now KJRH) TV channel 2 in Tulsa, OK (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1958 WTOL TV channel 11 in Toledo, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting

Music Premiere

1966 Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones' musical "I Do! I Do!", starring Robert Preston and Mary Martin, and directed by Gower Champion, opens at 46th St Theater, NYC; runs for 561 performances

  • 1971 KCBJ (now KMIZ) TV channel 17 in Columbia, MO (ABC) 1st broadcast

Television Finale

1974 Final episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus airs on BBC TV

  • 1982 15th NAACP Image Awards: "An Officer and a Gentleman" wins Outstanding Motion Picture

Film Premiere

2001 "Ocean's Eleven" directed by Steven Soderbergh, starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Julia Roberts premieres in Westwood, California

Film Premiere

2002 "The Two Towers" 2nd Lord of the Rings film directed by Peter Jackson and starring Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen premieres in New York

Music History

2003 Mexican singer Thalia the "Queen of Latin Pop" is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles

Film & TV History

2006 Audrey Hepburn's Givenchy little black dress from film "Breakfast at Tiffany's" auctioned for charity for record £467,200 ($923,187) at Christie's, London

Sports History

2008 Former NFL star O.J. Simpson is sentenced to 33 years in prison for kidnapping and armed robbery

  • 2017 Netflix fires actor Danny Masterson from "The Ranch" after allegations of rape

Music History

2021 Kennedy Center Honors ceremony held for Joni Mitchell, Bette Midler, Berry Gordy, Lorne Michaels and Justino Diaz with President Biden attending in Washington D.C.