Events in Film & TV on February 14

  • 1900 Date of events in Australian movie "Picnic at Hanging Rock"

Music Premiere

1918 Harold R. Atteridge & Sigmund Romberg's musical "Sinbad", starring Al Jolson, opens at the Winter Garden Theatre, NYC; runs for 164 performances

Film Release

1931 The original "Dracula" film starring Bela Lugosi as the titular vampire, is released

  • 1932 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show debuts on CBS radio, airing there until 1937, moving to NBC until 1949, and returning to CBS in 1949, before moving to television

Film & TV History

1939 Victor Fleming replaces George Cukor as director of film "Gone With The Wind"

  • 1954 WTOC TV channel 11 in Savannah, GA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1955 WFLA (now WXFL) TV channel 8 in Tampa-St Petersburg, Florida (NBC) begins

Film Release

1963 "8½" film directed by Federico Fellini, starring Marcello Mastroianni and Claudia Cardinale, is released (Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film 1964)

  • 1968 WHKY TV channel 14 in Hickory, NC (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1971 Movie "Ben Hur" 1st shown on television
  • 1972 CBS "Late Movie" premieres

Music History

1972 John Lennon and Yoko Ono co-host the syndicated "The Mike Douglas Show" for entire week, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Music Premiere

1980 Revival of Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Robbins' musical "West Side Story" opens at Minskoff Theater, NYC; runs for 341 performances

  • 1982 "Night of 100 Stars", an all-star variety special celebrating the centennial of the Actors' Fund of America, takes place at NYC's Radio City Music Hall
  • 1985 Hostage CNN reporter Jeremy Levin is released in Beirut
  • 1986 36th Berlin International Film Festival: "Stammheim" wins the Golden Bear

Film & TV History

1990 Alan Ayckbourn's "Man of the Moment," premieres in London

Film Release

1991 "The Silence of the Lambs" film based on the book by Thomas Harris, directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, is released (Best Picture 1992)

Film Premiere

1992 Comedy film "Wayne's World" starring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey, based on their Saturday Night Live sketch premieres

  • 1998 29th NAACP Image Awards: "Soul Food" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • 1999 30th NAACP Image Awards: "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • 2008 39th NAACP Image Awards: "The Great Debaters" wins Outstanding Motion Picture

Conference of Interest

2014 Actress Ellen Page comes out as gay in a speech at the Human Rights Campaign's "Time to Thrive" conference

  • 2016 69th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs): "The Revenant" Best Film, and Best Director - Alejandro González Iñárritu