Events in Film & TV on July 29

Film & TV History

1928 Test footage first created for Walt Disney's "Steamboat Willie" with Mickey Mouse

Historic Publication

1954 Publication of "Fellowship of the Ring" 1st volume of "Lord of the Rings" by J. R. R. Tolkien by George Allen and Unwin in London

  • 1956 WCKT (now WSVN) TV channel 7 in Miami, Florida (IND) begins broadcasting

Film & TV History

1957 Jack Paar's "The Tonight show" premieres on NBC

  • 1965 Beatles movie "Help" has Royal World Premiere at the London Pavilion Theatre in the West End of London; of Princess Margaret and the Earl of Snowdon attend
  • 1983 "Friday Night Videos" premieres on NBC TV
  • 1988 South African government bans anti-apartheid film "Cry Freedom"
  • 1992 Ira Lewis's one-act drama"Chinese Coffee" closes at Circle in the Square Theater, NYC, after 18 performances
  • 1992 Ray Sharkey, actor (Wiseguys), arrested for narcotic possession
  • 1993 Walter Koenig (Chekov in Star Trek) suffers a mild heart attack

Film Premiere

2001 "The Princess Diaries", starring Anne Hathaway (in her film debut), featuring Julie Andrews, and directed by Garry Marshall, premieres at El Capitan theater in Hollywood