Events in Film & TV on May 1

  • 1931 Singer Kate Smith begins her long-running association with CBS radio, various programs continue until 1945

Film Premiere

1941 "Citizen Kane", directed by Orson Welles and starring himself, Joseph Cotten and Dorothy Corningore, premieres at the Palace Theater in New York City

  • 1950 WJIM (now WLNS) TV channel 6 in Lansing, MI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 WAPA TV channel 4 in San Juan, PR (NBC/SFN) begins broadcasting

Radio Premiere

1957 Larry King's 1st radio broadcast, on station, WAHR (490-AM) in Miami Beach, Florida

  • 1960 7th National Film Awards (India): "Apur Sansar" wins the Golden Lotus
  • 1976 Empress Lilly, replica of a paddle steamer, dedicated at Walt Disney World, Florida

Film Release

1978 Jackie Chan's breakthrough film "Snake in the Eagle's Shadow" directed by Yuen Woo-ping, is released in Hong Kong

  • 1980 "Day in Hollywood, A Night..." opens at John Golden NYC for 588 performances
  • 1989 135 acre Disney's MGM studio theme park officially opens to public in Lake Buena Vista, Florida
  • 1994 Charles Kuralt, American broadcast journalist (On the Road) retires from CBS

Television Debut

1999 Animated series "SpongeBob SquarePants", created by Stephen Hillenburg, debuts on Nickelodeon

Film Premiere

2000 "Gladiator" directed by Ridley Scott and starring Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix premieres in LA (Best Picture 2001)

Film & TV History

2007 British model Kate Moss launches a clothing line with chain Topshop

  • 2018 Chinese authorities label British cartoon "Peppa Pig" subversive and it is removed from the Douyin video website
  • 2019 New York City officially names a street Sesame Street at the intersection of West 63rd Street and Broadway in honor of the show's 50th anniversary

Film & TV History

2022 US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi leads surprise congressional delegation to Ukraine to met with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy [1]