Events in Film & TV on May 19

Music History

1937 John Murray and Allen Boretz's stage comedy "Room Service", starring Sam Levene, Eddie Albert, and Phillip Loeb, opens at the Cort Theatre, NYC; runs for 500 performances

Music History

1962 Marilyn Monroe sings "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" to JFK before 15,000 attendees, accompanied by jazz pianist Hank Jones, at Madison Square Garden, NYC

  • 1968 20th Emmy Awards: "Get Smart", "Mission Impossible" & Barbara Bain win
  • 1972 25th Cannes Film Festival: "The Working Class Goes to Heaven" directed by Elio Petri and "The Mattei Affair" directed by Francesco Rosi jointly awarded the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • 1972 WMAV TV channel 18 in Oxford, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting

Emmy Awards

1975 27th Emmy Awards: "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", Robert Blake & Jean Marsh win

Film Premiere

1977 Film "Smokey & the Bandit" starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field and Jackie Gleason premieres in NYC

Film & TV History

1980 Ringo & Barbara Bach are involved in a car crash

Film & TV History

1982 Sophia Loren jailed in Naples, Italy for tax evasion

  • 1983 36th Cannes Film Festival: "Narayama Bushiko" directed by Shohei Imamura wins the Palme d'Or

Music History

1983 Weird Al Yankovic gives live performance at Wax Museum in Washington, D.C.

  • 1984 "King Of Suede" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #62
  • 1986 39th Cannes Film Festival: "The Mission" directed by Roland Joffe wins the Palme d'Or
  • 1987 40th Cannes Film Festival: "Sous le soleil de Satan" directed by Maurice Pialat wins the Palme d'Or

Film Premiere

1989 "Do the Right Thing", directed by Spike Lee, starring Danny Aiello and Ossie Davis premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

TV Show Appearance

1989 Sue Ellen's (Linda Gray) last appearance on TV show "Dallas"

Television Finale

1990 "Elvis" TV Drama about early life of Elvis Presley last airs on ABC

  • 1992 US VP Dan Quayle attacks Murphy Brown for being a single mother and as a poor example of family values
  • 1994 Egyptian actor Omar Sharif suffers a mild heart attack
  • 1994 Final episode of American TV drama "LA Law" after 8 year run

Daytime Emmy Awards

1995 Emmy 22nd Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 15th time

Film Premiere

1997 "The Lost World: Jurassic Park", directed by Steven Spielberg, and starring Jeff Goldblum and Julianne Moore, premieres in the US

Film Release

1999 "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace", directed by George Lucas, starring Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman and Liam Neeson, is released in cinemas

  • 2005 TV political comedy "The Thick of It" created by Armando Iannucci, starring Peter Capaldi and Chris Langham premieres on BBC 4

Music Concert

2006 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, James Taylor, Billy Joel, Sheryl Crow, and Lenny Kravitz

Film Premiere

2007 "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End", directed by Gore Verbinksi, starring Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom premieres in Anaheim - most expensive film ($300 million) made at the time

Film Premiere

2007 "Sicko" a documentary on the US health care system, directed by Michael Moore has its premiere at the Cannes Film festival.

  • 2007 Coen brothers film "No Country for Old Men", based on the Cormac McCarthy novel, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin premieres at the Cannes Film Festival (Best Picture 2008)

Television Premiere

2009 TV musical show "Glee" starring Jane Lynch, Michael Morrison, Lea Michele and an ensemble cast premieres on Fox

  • 2018 71st Cannes Film Festival: Japanese film "Shoplifters" by Hirokazu Kore-eda wins the Palme d'Or

Film & TV History

2018 American actress Meghan Markle marries Prince Harry at a ceremony in Windsor Castle, making her a member of the British royal family

  • 2021 BBC investigation finds their 1995 Princess Dianna interview was secured through 'deceitful behavior' by journalist Martin Bashir [1]