Events in Film & TV on January 21

Houdini Escapes

1903 Harry Houdini escapes from Halvemaansteeg police station in Amsterdam

Theatrical Finale

1956 Victor Borge's one-man show "Comedy in Music" closes at John Golden Theatre, NYC; runs for 849 performances, a Guinness world record

  • 1957 KSAT TV channel 12 in San Antonio, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1958 KMOT TV channel 10 in Minot, ND (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1961 KIFI TV channel 8 in Idaho Falls, Idaho (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1971 "Alias Smith & Jones" premieres on ABC TV
  • 1973 Leslie Nielson appears on M*A*S*H in "Ringbanger"

Film Release

1982 Shaolin Temple" martial arts film released, first Hong Kong feature filmed in China, directed by Chang Hsin Yen, starring Jet Li in his debut role

  • 1986 Allison J Brown, 17, of Oklahoma, crowned 4th Miss Teen USA

Hall of Fame

1987 2nd Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Coasters; Eddie Cochran; Bo Diddley; Aretha Franklin; Marvin Gaye; Bill Haley; B.B. King; Clyde McPhatter; Ricky Nelson; Roy Orbison; Carl Perkins; Smokey Robinson; Joe Turner; Muddy Waters; Jackie Wilson; Louis Jordan; T-Bone Walker; Hank Williams; Leonard Chess; Ahmet Ertegun; Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller; and Jerry Wexler

  • 1991 CBS News correspondant Bob Simon and four TV crew captured and held for 40 days by Iraqis in the Persian Gulf

Golden Globes

1996 53rd Golden Globes: "Sense and Sensibility", Nicolas Cage, & Sharon Stone win

  • 2001 58th Golden Globes: "Gladiator", Tom Hanks, & Julia Roberts win
  • 2020 Revival of Charles Fuller's stage drama "A Soldier's Play, starring David Alan Grier and Blair Underwood at the American Airlines Theatre, NYC; run suspended dut to Covid-19 closures, wins 3 Tony Awards