Events in Film & TV on July 15

  • 1949 WBTV TV channel 3 in Charlotte, North Carolina (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 KOCO TV channel 5 in Oklahoma City, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 WBOC TV channel 16 in Salisbury, MD (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1955 WNDU TV channel 16 in South Bend, IN (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1963 KAIT TV channel 8 in Jonesboro, AR (ABC) begins broadcasting

Musical Finale

1967 Neil Simon, Cy Coleman, and Dorothy Fields' musical comedy "Sweet Charity" closes at Palace Theater, NYC, after 608 performances; wins a Tony Award for choreography

  • 1968 "One Life to Live", American soap opera, premieres on TV
  • 1974 TV news reporter Christine Chubbuck shoots herself live on WXLT-TV, Florida, first person to commit suicide in a live broadcast

Film Premiere

1983 Film version of "The Pirates of Penzance", starring Kevin Kline, Linda Ronstadt, and Angela Lansbury premieres in US

  • 1985 Deborah Carthy-Deu, of Puerto Rico, crowned 34th Miss Universe

Music History

1987 Boy George barred from British TV show, he may be a bad influence

Film Release

1988 "Die Hard" directed by John McTiernan and starring Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman is released in the US

  • 1996 MSNBC begins Microsoft internet-NBC TV
  • 1997 Jerold Mackenzie awarded $26.6M (later reduced to $625,000) for being fired from Miller Brewing for sexual harassment for relaying a Seinfeld episode to a co worker

Film Premiere

2005 "Wedding Crashers", starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, premieres

Film Release

2009 "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince", the 6th film based on the books by J. K. Rowling is released worldwide

Television Debut

2016 "Stranger Things" debuts on Netflix created by the Duffer Brothers, starring Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Natalia Dyer and Millie Bobby Brown