Events in Film & TV on January 4

  • 1896 AFL charters Actors' National Protective Union, NYC

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1903 Topsy the elephant is electrocuted by her owners at Luna Park, Coney Island and filmed by Edison Manufacturing movie company

Inventor Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison
  • 1920 Amsterdam actors decide to strike for retirement benefits
  • 1934 1st Dutch talkie movie, Jan Teunissen's "Willem of Orange" premieres
  • 1953 KTSM TV channel 9 in El Paso, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 Soap Opera "The Brighter Day" premieres
  • 1957 "Blondie" situation comedy premieres on NBC TV (later on CBS)
  • 1966 WFLD TV channel 32 in Chicago, IL (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 Leo Fender sells Fender Guitars for $13 million to CBS
  • 1982 Bryant Gumbel became co-host of NBC's "Today Show"
  • 1982 ABC Direction Network (57 affiliates) & ABC Rock Network (40 affiliates) become the 5th & 6th ABC radio network
  • 1984 "Night Court" starring Harry Anderson premieres on NBC TV
  • 1992 8th= largest wrestling crowd NJPW Starcade (60,000-Tokyo Dome)
  • 1993 7th largest wrestling crowd (63,500-Tokyo Dome)
  • 1994 10th largest wrestling crowd (58,000-Tokyo Dome)