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 Premiere

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

Sports History

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

  • 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
  • 1973 Harley Race beats Dory Funk Jr in Kansas City, to become NWA professional wrestling champ

Tony Awards

1977 Lily Tomlin is the first woman to appear solo in a Broadway show in "Appearing Nitely" (special Tony award 1977)

Iran Hostage Crisis

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

  • 1981 "Nightline with Ted Koppel" premieres on ABC

Film & TV History

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

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

WrestleMania

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

  • 1996 16th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Showgirls" wins

Film Premiere

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

Academy 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

Television Premiere

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