Events in Film & TV on May 1

  • 1931 Singer Kate Smith begins her long-running radio program on CBS
  • 1939 Batman comics hit the street

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

Actor and Director Orson Welles
Actor and Director
Orson Welles
  • 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
  • 1960 7th National Film Awards (India): "Apur Sansar" wins the Golden Lotus

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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

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1985 US President Reagan ends embargo against Nicaragua

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1994 Charles Kuralt retires as CBS newsman (On the Road)

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

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

Supermodel Kate Moss
Supermodel
Kate Moss