Events in Film & TV on May 11

  • 1918 44th Kentucky Derby: William Knapp on Exterminator wins in 2:10.8
  • 1929 1st regularly scheduled TV broadcasts (3 nights per week)
  • 1931 "M" Fritz Lang's first sound film starring Peter Lorre premieres in Berlin
  • 1956 Pinky Lee Show last airs on NBC-TV

Music Premiere

1959 Mary Rodgers & Marshall Barer's musical "Once Upon A Mattress", starring Carol Burnett and directed by George Abbott, opens at Phoenix Theatre, NYC; runs for 244 performances

Music Single

1968 Irish actor Richard Harris releases single "MacArthur Park"; it becomes a million-seller topping the charts in Canada and Australia, and peaking at #2 in US and #4 in UK

Film & TV History

1969 British comedy troupe Monty Python forms, made up of Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin

Film Release

1973 Ground-breaking Indian crime film "Zanjeer" directed by Prakash Mehra and starring "The Angry Young Man" Amitabh Bachchan released

  • 1976 Emmy 3rd Daytime Award presentation
  • 1976 Last broadcast of "Marcus Welby, MD" on ABC-TV

TV Show Appearance

2008 Charo makes a guest appearance on the Latin-themed VH1 reality show Viva Hollywood

Film & TV History

2019 American actress and #MeToo activist Alyssa Milano urges women to go on a "sex strike" after Georgia state passes new abortion law