Events in Film & TV on February 11

#1 in the Charts

1922 "April Showers" by Al Jolson hits #1

Sports History

1938 Steve Casey beats Lou Thesz in Boston, to win National Boxing Association world heavyweight title

  • 1938 World's first science fiction TV program - a broadcast of the play R.U.R. by Karel Čapek
  • 1954 6th Emmy Awards: I Love Lucy, Donald O'Connor & Eve Arden win
  • 1957 KUMV TV channel 8 in Williston, ND (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1958 BBC pioneering series "Your Life in Their Hands" first broadcast presented by Dr. Charles Fletcher, 1st major TV series to deal with medicine
  • 1958 WTVC TV channel 9 in Chattanooga, TN (ABC) begins broadcasting

Film & TV History

1960 Jack Paar walks off his TV show

  • 1975 Tv drama “Sarah T: Portrait of A Teenage Alcoholic”, starring Linda Blair, premieres on US network NBC
  • 1979 43 million watch "Elvis!" on ABC

Theater Premiere

1979 Marvin Hamlisch, Carole Bayer Sager, and Neil Simon's musical "They're Playing Our Song", starring Robert Klein and Lucie Arnaz opens at Imperial Theatre, NYC; runs for 1082 performances

Music Recording

1983 "Weird Al" Yankovic records "Ricky" & "Buckingham Blues" debut LP

  • 1993 43rd Berlin International Film Festival: "Woman Sesame Oil Maker" and "The Wedding Banquet" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • 1994 Lu Parker, (South Carolina), crowned 43rd Miss USA
  • 1998 48th Berlin International Film Festival: "Central Station" wins the Golden Bear
  • 2007 60th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs): "The Queen" Best Film, Paul Greengrass Best Director

Film & TV History

2009 Uri Geller purchases Lamb Island, Scotland, previously known for its witch trials

  • 2010 60th Berlin International Film Festival: "Honey" wins the Golden Bear
  • 2014 11 people are killed after a grenade was tossed into a movie theatre in Peshawar, Pakistan
  • 2016 Sixth Democratic presidential candidates debate, broadcast on CNN and PBS, and held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin