Events in Film & TV on February 8

Film 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 & TV History

1926 Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio becomes Walt Disney Studios

  • 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

Music Single

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

  • 1968 "Planet of the Apes" premieres in New York City
  • 1971 Pedro Morales beats Ivan Koloff in NY, to become WWF wrestling champ
  • 1974 American television soap opera "The Secret Storm" ends a 20 year run on CBS

Music Single

1974 Ringo Starr releases a cover of "You're Sixteen" as a single in UK; originally released by Johnny Burnette in 1960

  • 1974 TV sitcom "Good Times", spin-off from "Maude", starring Esther Rolle, John Amos, and J.J. Walker, premieres on CBS TV

Film Release

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

Film Premiere

1986 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
  • 1994 "Sátántangó", Hungarian film directed by Béla Tarr, starring Mihály Víg, Putyi Horváth, is released

Sports History

1994 Jack Nicholson uses a golf club to attack a car

  • 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

BAFTA Awards

2009 62nd British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs): "Slumdog Millionaire" Best Film, Danny Boyle Best Director

BAFTA Awards

2015 68th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs): "Boyhood" Best Film, Richard Linklater Best Director

Television Debut

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