Events in Film & TV on May 7

  • 1947 "Kraft Television Theater" premieres on NBC
  • 1965 WAOW TV channel 9 in Wausau, WI (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1987 Diane Chambers' (Shelley Long) final episode on TV comedy "Cheers"

Film & TV History

1996 Comedian Martin Lawrence suffers a nervous breakdown

Film Release

1997 Science fiction film "The Fifth Element" written and directed by Luc Besson, starring Bruce Willis and Milla Jovovich is released. Then the most expensive European film ever made.

  • 2006 52nd British Academy Television Awards: "Help" Best Comedy, "Doctor Who" Best Drama

Film Premiere

2011 "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides", directed by Rob Marshall, starring Johnny Depp and Penélope Cruz, premieres in - opening weekend makes $350.6m

Film & TV History

2017 MTV becomes 1st major awards show to adopt gender-neutral categories - Emma Watson best film actor, Millie Bobby Brown best TV actor

  • 2017 “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion” becomes the highest grossing Indian box office film ever earning $120 million

Music History

2022 Berklee College of Music bestows honorary doctorates to Beatles drummer Ringo Starr; bassist Chuck Rainey; composer James Newton Howard; and R&B singer Lalah Hathaway