Events in Film & TV on October 12

Music Concert

1944 "Columbus Day Riot": 30,000 fans descend on NYC's Times Square for singer Frank Sinatra's performance at Paramount Theatre (capacity 3,500)

  • 1950 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show debuts on CBS television, airs until 1958
  • 1952 KBTV (now KUSA) TV channel 9 in Denver, CO (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1958 WJRT TV channel 12 in Flint, MI (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1960 Japanese politician Inejiro Asanuma is assassinated with a sword during a televised debate live on TV by 17-year old nationalist Otoya Yamaguchi
  • 1964 KCSM TV channel 60 in San Mateo-SF, CA (PBS) begins
  • 1964 WSBK TV channel 38 in Boston, MA (IND/ABC/CBS/NBC) begin
  • 1964 WUCM TV channel 19 in University Center, MI (PBS) begins broadcasting

Theatrical Finale

1968 "Noël Coward's Sweet Potato" closes at Barrymore Theater, NYC, after 17 performances

  • 1969 KHOF (now KAGL) TV channel 30 in San Bernardino/Glenda, California (IND) begins

Boxing Title Fight

1992 Brett "Hitman" Hart beats Ric Flair for WWF heavyweight title

  • 2006 United States Postal Service designates facility in Green River, Wyoming, as the "Curt Gowdy Post Office Building," honoring the noted broadcaster

Film & TV History

2022 American conspiracy theorist, radio host, and provocateur Alex Jones ordered by a Connecticut defamation trial jury to pay $965 million to families of those killed in 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School for falsely and repeatedly claiming on his broadcasts that none of the 20 children and six adults killed had actually died and that their relatives were crisis actors [1]