On This Day

Events in Film & TV on February 8

Film release premierFilm Release

1915 "The Birth of a Nation" the first 12-reel film in America, directed by D. W. Griffith, starring Lillian Gish and Mae Marsh, opens at Clune's Auditorium in Los Angeles

Film Director D. W. Griffith
Film Director
D. W. Griffith

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1926 Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio becomes Walt Disney Studios

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • 1947 KSD (now KSDK) TV channel 5 in St Louis, MO (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1952 "RCA Victor Show Starring Dennis Day" debuts on NBC TV
  • 1953 WLVA (now WSET) TV channel 13 in Lynchburg-Roanoke, VA (ABC) begins
  • 1958 KIRO TV channel 7 in Seattle, WA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1962 KACB TV channel 3 in San Angelo, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting

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1965 The Supremes release "Stop In the Name of Love"

Singer and Actress Diana Ross
Singer and Actress
Diana Ross

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

1965 22nd Golden Globes: "Becket", Peter O'Toole, & Anne Bancroft win

  • 1968 "Planet of the Apes" premieres in New York City
  • 1971 Pedro Morales beats Ivan Koloff in NY, to become WWF wrestling champ
  • 1974 "Good Times" (spinoff from "Maude") premieres on CBS TV
  • 1974 Soap opera "Secret Storm" ends a 20 year run

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1976 "Taxi Driver" directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster, is released (Palme d'Or 1976)

Film Director Martin Scorsese
Film Director
Martin Scorsese
Actor Robert De Niro
Actor
Robert De Niro
Actress Jodie Foster
Actress
Jodie Foster

Film release premierFilm Premier

1986 The crime film "A Better Tomorrow", starring Yun Fat Chow, premieres in Hong Kong

  • 1990 "60 Minutes" commentator Andy Rooney suspended by CBS for racial remarks attributed to him by a gay magazine
  • 1993 GM sues NBC, alleging that "Dateline NBC" program had rigged 2 car-truck crashes to show that 1973-87 GM pickups were prone to fires

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1994 Jack Nicholson uses a golf club to attack a car

  • 1994 "Sátántangó", Hungarian film directed by Béla Tarr, starring Mihály Víg, Putyi Horváth, is released
  • 1997 28th NAACP Image Awards: "A Time to Kill" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • 2007 57th Berlin International Film Festival: "Tuya's Marriage" wins the Golden Bear
  • 2009 62nd British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "Slumdog Millionaire" Best Film, Danny Boyle Best Director

Film tv awardsBAFTA Awards

2015 68th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "Boyhood" Best Film, Richard Linklater Best Director

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

2016 Late-night talk show "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee" debuts on TBS in the US

Comedian and TV Host Samantha Bee
Comedian and TV Host
Samantha Bee