Events in Film & TV on March 11

  • 1948 WBAL TV channel 11 in Baltimore, MD (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1958 Charles Van Doren finally loses on US TV game show "Twenty-One" after winning $129,000 - later revealed to be fixed

Theater Premiere

1959 Lorraine Hansberry's stage drama "A Raisin in the Sun", 1st Broadway play by a black woman, starring Ruby Dee and Sidney Poitier, opens at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, NYC; later transfers to the Belasco Theatre; runs for 530 performances

Grammy Awards

1970 12th Grammy Awards: Aquarius; Crosby Stills & Nash; Peggy Lee win

Film and TV Awards

1983 9th People's Choice Awards: Burt Reynolds, Jane Fonda & Katharine Hepburn win (Motion Picture) and Tom Selleck, Linda Evans & Loretta Swit win (TV)

Film and TV Awards

1990 16th People's Choice Awards: Dustin Hoffman & Meryl Streep win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Bill Cosby & Phylicia Rashad win (TV)

Film and TV Awards

1991 17th People's Choice Awards: Mel Gibson & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Bill Cosby & Kirstie Alley win (TV)

Music History

2008 Plácido Domingo named "The King of Singers" in BBC Music Magazine, based on voting by 16 renowned opera critics for the April 2008 issue

Film & TV History

2018 Superhero movie "The Black Panther" becomes the fifth Marvel movie to earn $1 billion worldwide

Film & TV History

2020 Harvey Weinstein is sentenced to 23 years in prison for a criminal sex act and rape in New York