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Events in Film & TV on May 1

  • 1931 Singer Kate Smith begins her long-running radio program on CBS

Historic PublicationBatman Appears!

1939 Batman first appears in Detective Comics #27
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Cover page of Detective Comics #27, the first comic in which Batman appeared
Cover page of Detective Comics #27, the first comic in which Batman appeared

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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

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1957 Larry King's 1st radio broadcast

TV and Radio Host Larry King
TV and Radio Host
Larry King
  • 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

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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
  • 1989 135 acre Disney's MGM studio theme park officially opens to public in Lake Buena Vista, Florida
  • 1994 Charles Kuralt retires as CBS newsman (On the Road)

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

Cartoonist and Voice Actor Stephen Hillenburg
Cartoonist and Voice Actor
Stephen Hillenburg

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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
  • 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