Events in Film & TV on May 2

Radio Premiere

1932 Jack Benny's 1st radio show premieres (NBC Blue Network)

  • 1941 FCC approves regular scheduled commercial TV broadcasts to begin July 1
  • 1944 WABD (WNEW, now WNYW) TV channel 5 in NYC (DUM/MET/FOX) 1st broadcast

Film Release

1946 "The Postman Always Rings Twice" film based on the novel by James M. Cain, directed by Tay Garnett and starring Lana Turner and John Garfield is released

  • 1952 John Cage's "Water Music" (for a solo pianist, using a piano, a radio, whistles, water containers, and a deck of cards) premieres in New York City
  • 1955 WGBH TV channel 2 in Boston, MA (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film Release

1957 Hammer Film Productions releases its 1st color horror title - "The Curse of Frankenstein" starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee

  • 1962 WMHT TV channel 17 in Schenectady-Alby-Tro, NY (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1968 Israeli television begins transmitting
  • 1970 KOAI (now KNAZ) TV channel 2 in Flagstaff, AZ (NBC) 1st broadcast

Music Premiere

1977 Revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical "The King & I"', with Yul Brynner reprising the role he created in 1951, opens at Uris Theater, NYC; runs for 695 performances

Music Premiere

1984 Stephen Sondheim's musical "Sunday in the Park with George", a fictionalized version of painter Georges Seurat's relationship with his grandson, starring Mandy Patinkin, opens at Booth Theater, NYC; runs for 604 performances, wins a Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Film Release

1997 "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery", starring Mike Myers and Elizabeth Hurley, is released

Film & TV History

1997 Police arrest transsexual prostitute Atisone Seiuli with Eddie Murphy

Film Release

2008 First film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe released: "Iron Man" directed by Jon Favreau, starring Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark

Music History

2011 Flavor Flav is arrested on four outstanding misdemeanor warrants for various driving offenses

Film & TV History

2019 Facebook bans Alex Jones (InfoWars), Milo Yiannopoulos (ex-Breitbart), Louis Farrakhan (Nation of Islam), Paul Nehlen and Laura Loomer for hate speech

  • 2019 For the first time all major US pageants won by black women after Cheslie Kryst wins Miss USA. joining Nia Franklin Miss America, and Kaliegh Garris Miss Teen USA

Film & TV History

2019 The cast of "The Big Bang Theory" are the first TV actors to be immortalized in cement outside Hollywood's Chinese theater in Los Angeles

  • 2020 Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, the Icelandic actor who played Ser Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane in Game of Thrones, sets a world deadlifting record by lifting 501kg (1,104lb)