On This Day

Events in Film & TV on March 26

Music concertMusic Concert

1938 NBC radio performance of Howard Hanson's 3rd Symphony

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson
  • 1953 "Ugetsu", Japanese film directed by Kenji Mizoguchi, starring Masayuki Mori, Machiko Kyō and Kinuyo Tanaka, is released

Film ReleaseThe Bridge on the River Kwai

1958 30th Academy Awards-"The Bridge on the River Kwai" wins Best Picture, Joanne Woodward & Alec Guinness win Best Actress and Best Actor, respectively

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The Bridge on the River Kwai movie poster
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Music releaseMusic Premiere

1964 Jule Styne and Bob Merrill's musical "Funny Girl", starring Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice, opens at Winter Garden Theater, New York City; runs for 1,348 performances

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1969 "Marcus Welby, M.D.", starring Robert Young and James Brolin debuts as a TV movie on ABC-TV, prior to becoming a weekly series

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1970 Musical "Minnie's Boys", starring Shelley Winters as the mother of the Marx Brothers, and Drama Desk Award winner Lewis J. Stadlen as Groucho, opens at the Imperial Theater, New York City; runs for 80 performances

  • 1971 "Cannon" starring William Conrad as a private detective premieres on CBS-TV; airs for 5 seasons
  • 1973 TV soap opera "The Young & the Restless" premieres on CBS

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1979 41st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Michigan State beats Indiana State, 75-64; marks start of rivalry between future Hall of Famers Magic Johnson and Larry Bird; highest-rated game in history of televised college basketball

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird
  • 1982 Soap opera "Capitol" premieres

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

1990 62nd Academy Awards: "Driving Miss Daisy", Daniel Day-Lewis, Jessica Tandy win

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

1990 Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa wins the Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement

Film Director and Screenwriter Akira Kurosawa
Film Director and Screenwriter
Akira Kurosawa
  • 1995 15th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Color of Night" wins

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

2000 72nd Academy Awards: "American Beauty", Kevin Spacey & Hilary Swank win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2005 "Doctor Who" returns to BBC TV after 16 years with the debut of Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor and Billie Piper as Rose

Singer and Actress Billie Piper
Singer and Actress
Billie Piper

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2012 Canadian filmmaker James Cameron becomes the first person to visit Challenger Deep, the deepest point on Earth in over 50 years

Film Director James Cameron
Film Director
James Cameron

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2018 Porn star Stormy Daniels claims she had an affair with Donald Trump in an interview with CBS's 60 Minutes and was later threatened to keep quiet

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

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2018 "The Black Panther" becomes the highest grossing superhero film in America earning $630.9m