Events in Film & TV on March 27

Film & TV History

1931 Charlie Chaplin receives France's distinguished Legion of Honor

Radio Premiere

1943 Blue Ribbon Town (with Groucho Marx) 1st heard on CBS Radio

  • 1950 WHAS TV channel 11 in Louisville, Kentucky (CBS) begins broadcasting

Music Recording

1951 Frank Sinatra records "I'm a Fool to Want You"

Film Premiere

1952 "Singin' in the Rain", musical comedy directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds, premieres at Radio City Music Hall in NYC

Television Debut

1955 Steve McQueen makes his network TV debut (Goodyear Playhouse, episode "The Chivington Raid")

  • 1955 WPRI TV channel 12 in Providence, Rhode Island (ABC) begins broadcasting

Academy Awards

1957 29th Academy Awards: "Around World in 80 Days", Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner win

  • 1958 CBS Labs announce new stereophonic records

Film Premiere

1963 Historical film "The Leopard" directed by Luchino Visconti, starring Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon and Claudia Cardinale premieres in Rome, based on the novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

Album Release

1970 Ringo Starr releases his 1st solo album "Sentimental Journey", a collection of pre-rock standards

  • 1972 Wyoming officially names "Curt Gowdy State Park", in honor of the nationally recognized broadcaster

Academy Awards

1973 45th Academy Awards: "The Godfather", Marlon Brando & Liza Minnelli win; Brando declines the Oscar for Best Actor to protest Hollywood’s portrayal of Native Americans in film, in a speech by activist Sacheen Littlefeather [1]

  • 1978 Bob Fosse's "Dancin'" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 1,774 performances

Film & TV History

1983 Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs" premieres in NYC

Film & TV History

1985 Billy Dee Williams receives a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

  • 1986 Disney-MGM Studio Tour groundbreaking
  • 1988 WrestleMania IV, Historic Atlantic City Convention Hall, NJ: Randy "Macho Man" Savage beats Ted DiBiase for WWF Heavyweight title
  • 1989 1st African American soap opera, "Generations" premieres on NBC-TV

Television Debut

2005 TV medical drama "Grey's Anatomy" created by Shonda Rhimes starring Ellen Pompeo and Sandra Oh debuts on ABC

Academy Awards

2022 94th Academy Awards: "CODA" wins best film, best director Jane Campion, best actress Jessica Chastain, best actor Will Smith who also controversially slaps host Chris Rock live on stage [1]