Events in Film & TV on January 4

  • 1896 AFL charters Actors' National Protective Union, NYC

Topsy the Elephant is Electrocuted

1903 Topsy the elephant is electrocuted by her owners at Luna Park, Coney Island and filmed by Edison Manufacturing movie company [1]

  • 1920 Amsterdam actors decide to strike for retirement benefits
  • 1934 1st Dutch talkie movie, Jan Teunissen's "Willem of Orange" premieres

Radio Premiere

1935 Bob Hope 1st heard on network radio as part of "The Intimate Revue"

  • 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 ABC Direction Network (57 affiliates) & ABC Rock Network (40 affiliates) become the 5th & 6th ABC radio network
  • 1982 Bryant Gumbel became co-host of NBC's "Today Show"
  • 1984 "Night Court" starring Harry Anderson, created by comedy writer Reinhold Weege, premieres on NBC TV; runs for 9 seasons
  • 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)

Musical Finale

1998 Second successful revival of by Stephen Sondheim's musical "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum", starring Nathan Lane, closes at St James, NYC, after 715 performances and 1 Tony Award