Events in Film & TV on March 2

King Kong Premieres

1933 "King Kong" film directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, starring Fay Wray premieres at Radio City Music Hall and RKO Roxy in NYC

  • 1940 The first televised intercollegiate track meet is seen in NYC on W2XBS; NYU wins the meet presented live from Madison Square Garden

Academy Awards

1942 14th Academy Awards: "How Green was My Valley", Gary Cooper, and Joan Fontaine win

Music History

1964 Beatles begin filming "A Hard Day's Night", George Harrison meets future wife Pattie Boyd

Film Premiere

1965 One of the most popular musical films of all time, "The Sound of Music", starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, premieres (Academy Awards Best Picture - 1966)

Grammy Awards

1967 9th Grammy Awards: "Strangers in the Night" by Frank Sinatra wins best record, "Michele" by The Beatles best song

  • 1976 Walt Disney World logs its 50 millionth guest

Film & TV History

1977 Bette Davis is 1st woman to receive American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award

Film & TV History

1977 Future The Tonight Show host Jay Leno debuts with host Johnny Carson

Film & TV History

1993 Actress Claudette Colbert suffers a stroke at 89

Music Concert

1993 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, James Taylor, Bryan Adams, Tom Jones, George Michael, and Herb Alpert

  • 2007 38th NAACP Image Awards: "The Pursuit of Happyness" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • 2019 FESPACO, Africa's largest film festival in its 50th year awards the Golden Stallion of Yennenga to "The Mercy of the Jungle" by Joel Karekezi, in Burkina Faso

Music History

2020 American rap group Public Enemy part ways with Flavor Flav after 35 years over playing for free at Bernie Sanders rally