Events in Film & TV on March 26

Radio History

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

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

The 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

Music 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

  • 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 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

Sports History

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

  • 1982 Soap opera "Capitol" premieres

Academy Awards

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

  • 1995 15th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Color of Night" wins

Television Debut

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

Film & TV History

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

Film & TV History

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

Film & TV History

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

Music Concert

2022 British rock band Genesis performs final concert of farewell tour at O2 Arena in London, England