On This Day

Events in Film & TV on March 24

  • 1932 1st US radio broadcast from a moving train (Belle Baker WABC from MD)
  • 1935 Major Bowes' Original Amateur Hour goes national on NBC Radio Network

Film release premierFilm Premier

1939 "Wuthering Heights" film based on the Emily Brontë novel, directed by William Wyler and starring Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier, premieres in Los Angeles

Actor Laurence Olivier
Actor
Laurence Olivier
Writer Emily Brontë
Writer
Emily Brontë
Film Director William Wyler
Film Director
William Wyler

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1941 Glenn Miller begins work on his 1st movie "Sun Valley Serenade", starring Sonja Henie and John Payne, for 20th Century Fox

Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer Glenn Miller
Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer
Glenn Miller
  • 1949 21st Academy Awards: "Hamlet", Laurence Olivier & Jane Wyman win, Walter & John Huston become 1st father-and-son team to win awards
  • 1962 Emile Griffith beats Benny " Kid" Paret by TKO in 12th round in welterweight boxing title fight at MSG, NYC; Paret dies 10 days later; first use of television slow motion replay

IranIran Hostage Crisis

1980 ABC's nightly Iran Hostage crisis program renamed "Nightline"

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Iranian students storm the walls of the US Embassy in Tehran
Iranian students storm the walls of the US Embassy in Tehran
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  • 1981 "Nightline with Ted Koppel" premieres on ABC

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

1986 58th Academy Awards: "Out of Africa", William Hurt & Geraldine Page win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 NBC rebroadcasts Mary Martin and Cyril Ritchard's 1960 version of "Peter Pan" for the first time since 1973

Actress Mary Martin
Actress
Mary Martin
  • 1991 11th Golden Raspberry Awards: Ford Fairlane & Ghosts Can't Do It wins

Sport defeatWrestleMania

1991 WrestleMania VII in LA Memorial Sports Arena, CA: Hulk Hogan beats Sgt Slaughter for WWF Heavyweight title

Professional Wrestler Hulk Hogan
Professional Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
  • 1996 16th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Showgirls" wins

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

1997 69th Academy Awards: "The English Patient", Geoffrey Rush and Frances McDormand win

Film release premierFilm Premier

1999 "The Matrix" film written and directed by The Wachowskis, starring Keanu Reeve, Lawrence Fishburne and Carrie-Ann Moss premieres

  • 2001 21st Golden Raspberry Awards: "Battlefield Earth" wins

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

2002 74th Academy Awards: "A Beautiful Mind", Denzel Washington and Halle Berry win; Berry is the first woman of colour to win the Best Actress award

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2005 US version of "The Office" created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, developed by Greg Daniels, starring Steve Carell and John Krasinski premieres on NBC

Comedian Ricky Gervais
Comedian
Ricky Gervais