On This Day

Events in Film & TV on May 2

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Comedian Jack Benny
Comedian
Jack Benny
  • 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 premierFilm 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

Actress Lana Turner
Actress
Lana Turner
  • 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
  • 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 releaseMusic 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 awardsMusic Awards

1979 14th Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Rogers and Barbara Mandrell win

Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers
Country Singer and TV Host Barbara Mandrell
Country Singer and TV Host
Barbara Mandrell

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 Police arrest transsexual prostitute Atisone Seiuli with Eddie Murphy

Film release premierFilm Release

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

Actress Elizabeth Hurley
Actress
Elizabeth Hurley
Actor Robert Wagner
Actor
Robert Wagner
Actor and Comedian Mike Myers
Actor and Comedian
Mike Myers

Film release premierFilm Release

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

Actor Robert Downey Jr
Actor
Robert Downey Jr
Comic-Book Artist and Marvel Creative Leader Stan Lee
Comic-Book Artist and Marvel Creative Leader
Stan Lee

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Rapper & TV star Flavor Flav
Rapper & TV star
Flavor Flav

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Actor and Producer Jim Parsons
Actor and Producer
Jim Parsons
Actor Johnny Galecki
Actor
Johnny Galecki
  • 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
  • 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)