Events in Film & TV on October 27

Radio Premiere

1947 "You Bet Your Life" with Groucho Marx premieres on ABC radio

  • 1947 WMAR TV channel 2 in Baltimore, MD (NBC) begins broadcasting

Television Premiere

1954 Walt Disney's 1st TV show, "Disneyland", premieres on ABC

  • 1954 WISN TV channel 12 in Milwaukee, WI (ABC) begins broadcasting

Film Release

1955 "Rebel Without a Cause", directed by Nicholas Ray, starring James Dean and Natalie Wood, is released

  • 1957 WOWL TV channel 15 in Florence, AL (NBC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1957 WPTA TV channel 21 in Fort Wayne, IN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1958 WEDU TV channel 3 in Tampa-St Petersburg, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1965 WCFT-TV channel 33 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (CBS) begins broadcasting

Album Release

1981 Ringo Starr releases single "Wrack My Brain", written and produced by George Harrison, and album "Stop and Smell the Roses" in the US

Music History

1983 Larry Flynt pays hitman $1M to kill Hugh Hefner, Bob Guccione, Walter Annenberg, and Frank Sinatra; Flynt's business manager immediately stops payment; Flynt claims he was just joking

  • 1988 "ET" released to home video (14 million presold)
  • 1991 "André Heller's Wonderhouse", starring Billy Barty, closes at Broadhurst Theatre, NYC, after 9 performances

Film Premiere

1995 Dramatic film "Leaving Las Vegas" directed by Mike Figgis and starring Nicolas Cage (Oscar for Best Actor) and Elisabeth Shue premieres

  • 2002 The British ITV Network airs a regional service for the last time in England and Wales, LWT loses its identity completely
  • 2019 Wes Studi is the first Native American actor to receive an Oscar, an honorary award for career achievement