Events in Film & TV on February 1

  • 1887 Harvey Wilcox of Ks subdivides 120 acres he owned in Southern California & starts selling it off as a real estate development (Hollywood)

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1893 Thomas Edison completes worlds 1st movie studio at West Orange, New Jersey

Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison
  • 1918 Jerome Kern, Guy Bolton & P. G. Wodehouse's musical premieres in New York
  • 1929 "The Broadway Melody" directed by Harry Beaumont and starring Bessie Love is released. 1st film with sound to win an Oscar (Outstanding Picture 1930)
  • 1940 NBC performs the first inter-city television broadcast from its station in New York City to another in Schenectady, New York by General Electric relay antennas.
  • 1953 "General Electric Theater" premieres on CBS TV; Ronald Reagan later hosts

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1953 "You Are There" with Walter Cronkite premieres on CBS television

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite
  • 1953 WEEK TV channel 25 in Peoria, IL (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 1st TV soap opera "Secret Storm" premieres
  • 1956 WSAV TV channel 3 in Savannah, GA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1958 WFTV TV channel 9 in Orlando, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1959 WVUE TV channel 8 in New Orleans, LA (ABC) begins broadcasting

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1965 Peter Jennings, 26, becomes anchor of ABC's nightly news

Journalist and T.V. News Anchor Peter Jennings
Journalist and T.V. News Anchor
Peter Jennings
  • 1967 WCLP TV channel 18 in Chatsworth, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1969 WPGH TV channel 53 in Pittsburgh, PA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1970 WMAA TV channel 29 in Jackson, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1976 "Rich Man, Poor Man" mini-series premieres on ABC TV

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1976 Sonny & Cher resume TV show, despite real-life divorce

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
Cher
  • 1980 Sears Radio Theater moves from CBS to Mutual Broadcasting System
  • 1980 Soap opera "Love of Life" ends a 28 year run

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1982 "Late Night With David Letterman" debuts on NBC-TV, Bill Murray is first guest

Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman
Actor/Comedian Bill Murray
Actor/Comedian
Bill Murray
  • 1995 Belgium's TV channel VT4 goes on the air

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2004 Wardrobe malfunction: Janet Jackson's breast is exposed during the half-time show of Super Bowl XXXVIII, resulting in US broadcasters adopting a stronger adherence to FCC censorship guidelines.

Film release premierFilm Release

2013 "House of Cards", starring Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood and Robin Wright as his wife, is released on Netflix

  • 2013 44th NAACP Image Awards: "Red Tails" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • 2015 31st Sundance Film Festival: "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic