Events in Film & TV on December 8

Film release premierFilm Release

1949 "On the Town", the film adaptation of the Broadway musical, starring Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Ann Miller and Vera-Ellen, is released

Actress Vera-Ellen
Actress
Vera-Ellen
Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 1954 WPTZ TV channel 5 in Plattsburgh, NY (NBC) begins broadcasting

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1955 Black Ealing comedy "The Ladykillers", directed by Alexander Mackendrick and starring Alec Guinness is released in the UK

Film release premierFilm Premier

1978 "The Deer Hunter", directed by Michael Cimino and starring Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and Meryl Streep, premieres in Los Angeles (Academy Awards Best Picture 1979)

Film release premierFilm Release

1982 "Sophie's Choice", directed by Alan J. Pakula and based on William Styton's 1979 novel of the same name, starring Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline, is released (Academy Awards Best Actress 1983)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 Ringo Starr appears on "Saturday Night Live"

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels
  • 1985 NBC premiere of thriller "Final Jeopardy", starring Richard Thomas and Mary Crosby
  • 1986 NBC premiere of miniseries "Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna" (Part 2)

AgreementTreaty of Interest

1987 US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev sign a treaty eliminating medium range nuclear missiles

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1992 NBC announces that "Cheers" will go off the air in May 1993

Music awardsMusic Awards

1993 4th Billboard Music Awards: Whitney Houston, The Bodyguard Soundtrack win

Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston