Events in Film & TV on May 15

  • 1928 Mickey Mouse makes his 1st ever appearance in silent film "Plane Crazy"
  • 1954 KGLO (now KIMT) TV channel 3 in Mason City, IA (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1955 KPUA (now KGMD) TV channel 9 in Hilo, HI (CBS) begins broadcasting

Film Premiere

1958 "Gigi" based on the story by Colette, directed by Vincent Minnelli and starring Leslie Caron and Maurice Chevalier premieres in New York (Best Picture 1959)

  • 1959 12th Cannes Film Festival: "Black Orpheus" directed by Marcel Camus wins the Palme d'Or
  • 1960 "L'Avventura", Italian film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, starring Gabriele Ferzetti, Monica Vitti. premieres at Cannes
  • 1960 KHVO TV channel 13 in Hilo, HI (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1961 "Bonanza" by Al Caiola Orchestra hits #19

Grammy Awards

1963 5th Grammy Awards: "I Left My Heart In San Francisco"; Robert Goulet win

Film Premiere

1968 "Wonderwall" with music by George Harrison, premieres at Cannes Film Festival

TV Show Appearance

1968 Paul McCartney & John Lennon appear on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson", to promote Apple Records, Joe Garagiola is substitute host

  • 1980 Shawn Weatherly of South Carolina crowned 29th Miss USA, goes on to win Miss Universe

Sports History

1981 "Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island" airs

  • 1981 George Harrison releases single "All Those Years Ago" in UK: the song was a tribute to John Lennon, and featured Ringo Starr on drums, and Paul and Linda McCartney on backing vocals
  • 1981 SCTV Network 90, sequel to Second City Television, debuts on NBC

Film & TV History

1987 Last episode of "The Late Show with Joan Rivers" after the host is fired by the Fox network

Film & TV History

1988 2nd American Comedy Award: Robin Williams & Tracey Ullman

  • 1989 Maxwell House coffee runs ads during "Roe vs Wade" movie despite threat of boycott by right-to-lifers
  • 1990 Mona Grudt, 19, of Norway, crowned 39th Miss Universe
  • 1997 ABC News & Starwave Corp launch ABCNEWS.com

Film Premiere

2002 "Bowling for Columbine", a documentary directed by Michael Moore has its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival

Film Premiere

2004 "Shrek 2" directed Andrew Adamson and Kelly Asbury, with voices by Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

Film Premiere

2005 "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith", directed by George Lucas, starring Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman, premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

Film & TV History

2009 "Farrah's Story" documentary following Farrah Fawcett's battle with cancer airs on NBC in the US

Film Premiere

2011 "The Artist" directed by Michel Hazanavicius and starring Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo premieres at the Cannes Film festival (Best Picture 2012)