Events in Film & TV on March 17

Film & TV History

1829 Final performance by famous clown Joseph Grimaldi at a benefit performance at Sadler's Wells, London

  • 1953 WBAY TV channel 2 in Green Bay, WI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 WWLP TV channel 22 in Springfield, MA (NBC) begins broadcasting

Film Release

1960 One of the first French New Wave films, "Breathless", directed by Jean-Luc Godard, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg is released in France

  • 1960 WSLA (now WAKA) TV channel 8 in Selma, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting

Television Debut

1968 Bee Gees make their US TV debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show" performing "To Love Somebody" and "Words"

Music Single

1972 Ringo Starr releases single "Back off Boogaloo" in the UK

BAFTA Awards

1991 44th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAs): "Goodfellas" Best Film, Martin Scorsese Best Director

People's Choice Awards

1992 18th People's Choice Awards: Kevin Costner & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Bill Cosby & Candice Bergen win (TV)

People's Choice Awards

1993 19th People's Choice Awards: Kevin Costner & Demi Moore win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Tim Allen & Candice Bergen win (TV)

  • 1997 CNN begin Spanish broadcasts


2002 WrestleMania XVIII, Skydome, Toronto, ON (68,237): Triple H beats Chris Jericho for the undisputed WWF Heavyweight title

Music Single

2014 Sia releases her single "Chandelier" with a music video featuring Maddie Ziegler

Film Release

2017 Live-action remake "Beauty and the Beast" directed by Bill Condon and starring Emma Watson opens

  • 2019 Facebook removes 1.5 million videos of the Christchurch mosque shootings in first 24 hrs after the attack, although only 1.2 million blocked at upload