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

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1941 Glenn Miller begins work on his 1st movie 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 Welterweight boxing title fight between Benny Paret and Emile Griffith, Paret knocked out 13th round, dies 10 days later. First use of television slow motion replay.

Battle of InterestIran Hostage Crisis

1980 ABC's nightly Iran Hostage crisis program renamed "Nightline"
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  • 1981 "Nightline with Ted Koppel" premieres on ABC

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

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

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1989 Mary Martin in "Peter Pan" 1st seen on TV since 1973

Actress Mary Martin
Mary Martin
  • 1991 11th Golden Raspberry Awards: Ford Fairlane & Ghosts Can't Do It wins
  • 1996 16th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Showgirls" wins

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

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

  • 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 awardsFilm Awards

2002 74th Academy Awards: "A Beautiful Mind", Denzel Washington & Halle Berry (first woman of colour) win

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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 NBS

Comedian Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais