Events in Film & TV on May 16

  • 1941 Nazis forbid Dutch Organization of Actors (NOT)

Music Premiere

1946 Irving Berlin, Dorothy and Herbert Fields' musical "Annie Get Your Gun" starring Ethel Merman and featuring "There's No Business Like Show Business" opens at Imperial Theater, NYC

  • 1948 CBS news correspondent George Polk's body is found in Greece
  • 1954 WGAN (now WGME) TV channel 13 in Portland, ME (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1959 WTOM TV channel 4 in Cheboygan, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting

Emmy Awards

1961 13th Emmy Awards: Jack Benny Show, Raymond Burr & Barbara Stanwyck win

  • 1965 18th Cannes Film Festival: "The Knack...and How to Get It" directed by Richard Lester wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • 1965 WNJU TV channel 47 in NY-Linden, NY (TEL) begins broadcasting

Music History

1969 Barbra Streisand appears at a Friars Club Tribute

Music History

1970 "Grover Henson Feels Forgotten" by Bill Cosby hits #70

Cannes Film Festival

1970 23rd Cannes Film Festival: "M*A*S*H" film, directed by Robert Altman wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

Theater Premiere

1972 Melvin Van Peebles' musical "Don't Play Us Cheap" opens at Barrymore Theater, NYC; runs for 164 performances

  • 1973 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Dave Soutar
  • 1977 TV drama “Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn”, starring Leigh McCloskey, follow up to "Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway" premieres on US network NBC, focusing on what happened to him after Dawn left L.A. to return to her hometown

#1 in the Charts

1981 "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes hits #1 for next 9 weeks

Film & TV History

1986 "Top Gun", directed by Tony Scott and starring Tom Cruise premieres

Film & TV History

1986 Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) comes back from the dead on TV show "Dallas"

Music History

1987 Weird Al Yankovic performs live at 72nd National Orange Show

  • 1992 "Smells Like Nirvana" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #35
  • 1997 Brandi Sherwood (Miss Idaho) replaces Brook Lee as Miss USA when Brook is crowned Miss Universe
  • 1997 Brook Mehealani Lee, 26, of USA crowned 46th Miss Universe

Film Premiere

2001 "Mulholland Drive", directed by David Lynch, starring Justin Theroux and Naomi Watts, premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

Film Release

2002 "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones" directed by George Lucas, starring Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman, opens in cinemas

Film Premiere

2019 "Rocketman" film based on life of singer Elton John starring Taron Egerton premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

Film & TV History

2019 Last episode of TV sitcom "The Big Bang Theory" starring Jim Parson, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco after 12 seasons

  • 2019 UK talk show "The Jeremy Kyle Show" axed by ITV after a guest dies