Events in Film & TV on March 15

Film & TV History

1948 Sir Laurence Olivier on the cover of LIFE magazine

  • 1948 WCAU TV channel 10 in Philadelphia, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1949 WICU TV channel 12 in Erie, PA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949 WLWD (now WDTN) TV channel 2 in Dayton, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 WSJV TV channel 28 in Elkhart-South Bend, IN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1955 WLEX TV channel 18 in Lexington, KY (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1958 KULR TV channel 8 in Billings, MT (NBC/ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1959 WILX TV channel 10 in Lansing, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1962 KATU TV channel 2 in Portland, OR (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1963 WFAN TV channel 14 in Washington, D.C. (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1965 WMFE TV channel 24 in Orlando, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1967 WSJK TV channel 2 in Sneedville/Knoxville, Tennessee (PBS) 1st broadcast

Film Premiere

1972 "The Godfather", based on the book by Mario Puzo, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, premieres in NYC (Academy Awards Best Picture 1973)

  • 1977 "Eight is Enough" premieres on ABC-TV
  • 1977 TV comedy "Three's Company" starring John Ritter, Suzanne Somers and Joyce DeWitt premieres on ABC
  • 1982 Actress Theresa Saladana, stabbed repeatedly by obsessed fan
  • 1982 KGB-AM in San Diego CA changes call letters to KCNN (now KPOP)

Film and TV Awards

1984 10th People's Choice Awards: Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds & Meryl Streep win (Motion Picture) and Tom Selleck, Linda Evans win (TV)

Music History

1998 Revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb's "Cabaret", starring Alan Cumming and Natasha Richardson, opens at Club Expo Theater, NYC; runs for 2,377 performances and wins 4 Tony Awards

Hall of Fame

2010 25th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: ABBA; Genesis; Jimmy Cliff; The Hollies; The Stooges; David Geffen; Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil; Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry; Jesse Stone; Mort Shuman; and Otis Blackwell

  • 2017 Disney refuses to cut gay moment in film "Beauty and the Beast" for Malaysian censors, instead pulls film from Malaysia