Events in Film & TV on May 23

Film & TV History

1922 Walt Disney incorporates his 1st film company Laugh-O-Gram Films

  • 1953 WHIZ TV channel 18 in Zanesville, OH (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1960 WGTV TV channel 8 in Athens-Atlanta, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1960 WRCA radio changes call letters back to WNBC (NYC)
  • 1962 15th Cannes Film Festival: "Keeper of Promises" directed by Anselmo Duarte wins the Palme d'Or
  • 1963 16th Cannes Film Festival: "The Leopard" directed by Luchino Visconti wins the Palme d'Or
  • 1963 NBC purchases 1963 AFL championship game TV rights for $926,000
  • 1969 22nd Cannes Film Festival: "If..." directed by Lindsay Anderson wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

Film & TV History

1969 BBC orders 13 episodes of Monty Python's Flying Circus

  • 1975 28th Cannes Film Festival: "Chronicle of the Years of Fire" directed by Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina wins the Palme d'Or

Cannes Film Festival

1980 33rd Cannes Film Festival: "All That Jazz" directed by Bob Fosse and "Kagemusha" directed by Akira Kurosawa jointly awarded the Palme d'Or

  • 1980 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Neil Burton

Film Release

1980 Horror film "The Shining" released directed by Stanley Kubrick, starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall, based on book by Stephen King

  • 1982 BBC warns Britain will bomb Argentina

Film Release

1984 "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom", 2nd in the film series, directed by Stephen Spielberg, produced by George Lucas, and starring Harrison Ford, opens in the US

  • 1984 37th Cannes Film Festival: "Paris, Texas" directed by Wim Wenders wins the Palme d'Or

Film Premiere

1984 Crime epic film "Once Upon a Time in America" directed by Sergio Leone starring Robert De Niro and James Woods premieres at Cannes

Film & TV History

1985 President Ronald Reagan awards Jimmy Stewart the Presidential Medal of Freedom and promotes him to Major General on the Retired List

  • 1988 41st Cannes Film Festival: "Pelle erobreren" directed by Bille August wins the Palme d'Or
  • 1989 3rd American Comedy Award: Paula Poundstone

Cannes Film Festival

1989 42nd Cannes Film Festival: "Sex, Lies, and Videotape" directed by Steven Soderbergh wins the Palme d'Or

  • 1989 Angela Visser, 22, of Holland, crowned 38th Miss Universe
  • 1994 "Star Trek: The Next Generation" finale airs this week in syndication
  • 1997 Mel Karmazin replaces Peter Lund as CEO of CBS TV
  • 1999 52nd Cannes Film Festival: "Rosetta" directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne wins the Palme d'Or
  • 2010 63rd Cannes Film Festival: "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives" directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul wins the Palme d'Or