Events in Film & TV on February 19

  • 1922 Ed Wynn becomes 1st talent to sign as a radio entertainer
  • 1942 Dutch actors protest obligatory membership of Culture Chamber
  • 1947 CBS radio premiere of Villa-Lobos' "Bachianas Brasilieras No 3"
  • 1960 Bil Keane's "Family Circus" cartoon strip debuts

Television Debut

1971 British TV chat show "Parkinson" debuts on BBC1 presented by Michael Parkinson

Music Premiere

1978 Cy Coleman, Betty Comden & Adolph Green's musical "On The Twentieth Century", starring John Cullum and Madeline Kahn, and Kevin Kline, and directed by Hal Prince, opens at the St. James Theatre, NYC; runs for 449 performances, wins 5 Tony and 4 Drama Desk Awards

  • 1985 British soap opera "Eastenders" premieres on the BBC
  • 1993 Kenya Moore, 22, (Michigan), crowned 42nd Miss USA
  • 1995 1st broadcast of "Woman of Independent Means" on NBC-TV

BAFTA Awards

2006 59th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs): "Brokeback Mountain" Best Film, Ang Lee Best Director

  • 2008 Toshiba announces its formal recall of its HD DVD video format, ending the format war between it and Sony's Blu-Ray Disc