Events in Film & TV on March 21

  • 1921 Walter Kerr Theater (Ritz, CBS, NBC, ABC) opens at 223 W 48th St NYC

Film Premiere

1940 "Rebecca" based on the book by Daphne du Maurier, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine premieres in Miami, Florida (Oscar - Best Picture 1941)

  • 1948 "Stop the Music" with Bert Parks premieres on ABC radio
  • 1949 WTVJ TV channel 4 in Miami, FL (NBC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 KFBB TV channel 5 in Great Falls, MT (ABC/CBS/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1956 "The Rose Tattoo" wins 3 Academy awards, including Anna Manini for Best Actress and Cinematography (Black & White)
  • 1966 American medical drama series "Ben Casey", starring Vince Edwards and Sam Jaffe, ends a five season run on ABC-TV

Film Premiere

1967 Musical comedy film "Thoroughly Modern Millie", starring Julie Andrews, Mary Tyler Moore, and Carol Channing, premieres at the Criterion Theatre, NYC

  • 1970 1st San Diego Comic-Con International opens at U.S. Grant Hotel
  • 1970 Vinko Bogataj crashes during a ski-jumping championship in Germany; his image becomes that of the "agony of defeat guy" in the opening credits of ABC's Wide World of Sports.
  • 1971 WCPB TV channel 28 in Salisbury, MD (PBS) begins broadcasting

Television Finale

1980 On season finale cliffhanger of TV show "Dallas", villain J.R. Ewing is shot by unknown assailant

Film Premiere

1982 Movie "Annie" directed by John Huston, starring Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney and Carol Burnett premieres

  • 1990 "Normal Life" starring Max Gail, Moon Unit & Dweezil Zappa premieres on CBS-TV

Television Premiere

1990 TV sitcom "Sydney" starring Valerie Bertinelli, Matthew Perry and Craig Bierko premieres on CBS-TV

  • 1991 Largest wrestling crowd in Japan (64,500) at Tokyo Dome

Pro Wrestling

1991 Tatsumi Fujinami beats Ric Flair for NWA wrestling championship

Music History

1994 English actor Dudley Moore arrested for hitting his girlfriend

Film & TV History

1995 New Jersey officially dedicates the Howard Stern Rest Area along Route 295

Film Release

1997 Film "Selena" is released based on the life of singer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, starring Jennifer Lopez in her breakthrough role, directed by Gregory Nava

  • 2018 China announces greater controls over the media, including merging state-run radio and television broadcasters into a single conglomerate called “Voice of China”
  • 2018 English TV presenter Ant McPartlin charged with drink driving following an accident in London

Film & TV History

2019 Emilia Clarke reveals she suffered two brain aneurysms while filming "Games of Thrones" in an article for "The New Yorker"

Music Concert

2019 Ringo Starr's fourteenth All-Starr Band debuts in concert; members include: Steve Lukather, Gregg Rolie, Colin Hay, Hamish Stuart, Gregg Bissonette, and Warren Ham