On This Day

Events in Film & TV on May 16

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

1929 1st Academy Awards: "Wings", Emil Jannings & Janet Gaynor win

  • 1941 Nazis forbid Dutch Organization of Actors (NOT)
  • 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
  • 1961 13th Emmy Awards: Jack Benny Show, Raymond Burr & Barbara Stanwyck win
  • 1965 WNJU TV channel 47 in NY-Linden, NY (TEL) begins broadcasting
  • 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

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1969 Barbra Streisand appears at a Friars Club Tribute

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand

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1970 Grover Henson Feels Forgotten by Bill Cosby hits #70

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Actor/Comedian
Bill Cosby

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

Film Director Robert Altman
Film Director
Robert Altman
  • 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

Music release#1 in the Charts

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

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis

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

Actor Tom Cruise
Actor
Tom Cruise

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

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • 1992 "Smells Like Nirvana" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #35
  • 1997 Brandi Sherwood (Idaho) replaces Brook Lee (Miss Universe) as Miss USA
  • 1997 Brook Mehealani Lee, 26, of US crowned 46th Miss Universe
  • 2001 "Mulholland Drive", directed by David Lynch, starring Justin Theroux and Naomi Watts, premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

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

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

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

Actor Johnny Galecki
Actor
Johnny Galecki
Actress Kaley Cuoco
Actress
Kaley Cuoco
Actor and Producer Jim Parsons
Actor and Producer
Jim Parsons

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