Events in Film & TV on February 21

  • 1944 "War As It Happens" news show premieres on NBC TV (NYC only)

Film & TV History

1947 Whipper Billy Watson beats Bill Longson, to become wrestling champ

  • 1949 US TV soap opera "A Woman to Remember" is 1st broadcast on DuMont Television Network
  • 1950 WOI TV channel 5 in Ames-Des Moines, IA (ABC/PBS) begins broadcasting

Golden Globes

1952 9th Golden Globes: "A Place in the Sun", Fredric March, & Jane Wyman win

  • 1981 Charles Rocket clearly says "f*ck" on "Saturday Night Live"

Musical Finale

1982 Musical review of Fats Waller songs "Ain't Misbehavin'", starring Nell Carter and Irene Cara, closes at Longacre Theater, NYC, after 1604 performances, winning 3 Tony and 4 Drama Desk Awrds

Grammy Awards

1990 "The Batman Theme" by Danny Elfman wins Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition at 32nd Annual Grammy Awards

Music History

1991 Neil Simon's stage comedy "Lost in Yonkers" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater, NYC; runs for 780 performances

Television Debut

2003 Bill Maher's political talk show "Real Time with Bill Maher" debuts on HBO

  • 2009 29th Golden Raspberry Awards: "The Love Guru" wins

BAFTA Awards

2010 63rd British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs): "The Hurt Locker" Best Film, Kathryn Bigelow Best Director

  • 2015 35th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Saving Christmas" wins worst film
  • 2016 66th Berlin International Film Festival: Italian documentary "Fire at Sea" wins the Golden Bear
  • 2018 Indian film star Kamal Haasan launches a new political party - Makkal Needhi Mayyam in Tamil Nadu state