Events in Film & TV on February 22

Theater Premiere

1858 Dion Boucicault's play "Jessie Brown" premieres in NYC

Film Release

1934 "It Happened One Night" directed by Frank Capra and starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert opens at NY's Radio City Music Hall (Academy Awards Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress and Screenplay 1935)

Film Premiere

1935 "The Little Colonel" premieres starring Shirley Temple, Lionel Barrymore and Bill Robinson, featuring famous stair dance with Hollywood's first interracial dance couple

Olympic Gold

1936 Sonja Henie of Norway follows up her Winter Olympics victory with an incredible 10th consecutive women’s World Championship figure skating gold medal in Paris, France

  • 1951 4th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAs): "All About Eve" Best Film

The Bridge on the River Kwai

1958 15th Golden Globes: "The Bridge on the River Kwai", Alec Guinness, & Joanne Woodward win

  • 1965 Rodgers & Hammerstein's television musical "Cinderella", starring Lesley Ann Warren and Stuart Damon, with Pat Carroll and Celeste Holm, premieres on CBS-TV

Music History

1968 Rock group Genesis release their 1st record "Silent Sun"

  • 1973 "Turkish Delight" Holland's most successful film, directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Rutger Hauer is released
  • 1978 28th Berlin International Film Festival: "Las truchas" and "What Max Said" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • 1989 1st Spanish commercial on network TV (Pepsi-Cola-CBS Grammy Award)

Film & TV History

1989 UK physicist Stephen Hawking calls the proposed missile defense system known as Star Wars a "deliberate fraud"

  • 1991 Kelli McCarty, 21, (Kansas), crowned 40th Miss USA

Music History

1992 Barbra Streisand surprises cast members in a cameo appearance at the end of a "Coffee Talk" sketch on "Saturday Night Live"

  • 2005 19th Soap Opera Digest Awards - "General Hospital" wins

Academy Awards

2009 Heath Ledger posthumously wins Academy Award, Best Supporting Actor, for his performance as the Joker in "The Dark Knight"

  • 2014 45th NAACP Image Awards: "12 Years a Slave" wins Outstanding Motion Picture

Academy Awards

2015 87th Academy Awards: "Birdman" Best Film and Director (Alejandro González Iñárritu), Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore - Best Actor and Actress

  • 2019 Actor Jussie Smollett suspended from US TV show "Empire" after revealed that actor made false claims about racist and homophobic attack