Events in Film & TV on March 29

Theater Premiere

1860 Dion Boucicault's stage melodrama "The Colleen Bawn, or The Brides of Garryowen" at Laura Keene's Theatre, NYC

Radio Premiere

1932 Jack Benny debuts on radio, on Ed Sullivan's New York interview program

Film & TV History

1945 Movie star Jimmy Stewart is promoted to full colonel, one of the few Americans to rise from private to colonel in four years

Theater Premiere

1951 Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "The King and I", based on the novel "Anna and the King of Siam", opens at St James Theater, NYC; runs for1 246 performances, winning 5 Tony Awards; Star Yul Brynner would lead the cast of the 1956 film version, and play the role over 4,200 times

Film Premiere

1959 "Some Like It Hot", American comedy film directed by Billy Wilder and starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon, premieres at the Lowe’s Capital Theatre, NYC

  • 1961 KCPT TV channel 19 in Kansas City, MO (PBS) begins broadcasting

TV Show Appearance

1962 Jack Paar's final appearance on the "The Tonight Show"

  • 1963 Final episode of soap opera "Young Doctor Malone"
  • 1967 WCMU TV channel 14 in Mt. Pleasant, MI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1971 WSVN (now WSBN) TV channel 47 in Norton, VA (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film Release

1974 Film adaption of "The Great Gatsby" starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow with costumes by Ralph Lauren first released

Academy Awards

1976 48th Academy Awards: "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest", its stars Jack Nicholson & Louise Fletcher, and director Miloš Forman win

Television Finale

1978 Variety TV show "The Carol Burnett Show" last airs on CBS in the US, having won 25 Emmy Awards

  • 1982 2nd Golden Raspberry Awards: "Mommie Dearest" wins
  • 1987 7th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Howard the Duck" wins


1987 WrestleMania III: Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, MI (93,173): Hulk Hogan successfully defends WWF Heavyweight title against André the Giant

Academy Awards

1989 61st Academy Awards: "Rain Man" - Best Picture, Actor (Dustin Hoffman), Director (Barry Levinson) and Screenwriting; and Jodie Foster win

  • 1989 9th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Cocktail" wins
  • 1992 12th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Hudson Hawk" wins

Academy Awards

1993 Actress Elizabeth Taylor presented with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her AIDS/HIV activism at 65th Academy Awards


1998 WrestleMania XIV, FleetCenter, Boston, MA: 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin's wins his first WWF Heavyweight tile against Shawn Michaels


2015 WrestleMania XXXI, Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, CA (76,976): Seth Rollins beats Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns in impromptu triple threat match to capture WWE Heavyweight title