On This Day

Events in Film & TV on December 8

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1857 1st production of Dion Boucicault's "Poor of New York"

Actor and Playwright Dion Boucicault
Actor and Playwright
Dion Boucicault

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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
Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
Actor and Dancer Gene Kelly
Actor and Dancer
Gene Kelly
  • 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

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1960 Musical "Peter Pan", starring Mary Martin broadcast, for a 3rd time, on NBC as a special event, videotaped in color for future rebroadcasts

Actress Mary Martin
Mary Martin

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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)

  • 1980 "Bravo" network premieres on cable TV

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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)

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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)
  • 1992 NBC announces that "Cheers" will go off the air in May 1993
  • 2019 South African Zozibini Tunzi crowned Miss Universe in Atlanta