Events in Film & TV on October 3

Film Premiere

1941 "The Maltese Falcon" directed by John Huston and based on Dashiell Hammett's 1929 novel of the same name, starring Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor, premieres in New York City

  • 1947 WMAL (now WJLA) TV channel 7 in Washington, D.C. (ABC) begins
  • 1950 Ethel Waters becomes 1st Black lead actress on TV sit-com (Beulah)
  • 1951 CBS-TV airs the first coast-to-coast telecast of a prize fight; Australian light-heavyweight Dave Sands outpoints American Carl 'Bobo' Olson in 10 rounds at Chicago Stadium
  • 1952 1st video recording on magnetic tape in Los Angeles, California
  • 1953 KGGM TV channel 13 in Albuquerque, NM (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 KFVS TV channel 12 in Cape Girardeau, MO (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1955 "Captain Kangaroo" premieres on CBS-TV, Good Morning, Captain!
  • 1955 WDBJ TV channel 7 in Roanoke, VA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1955 WTVS TV channel 56 in Detroit, MI (PBS) begins broadcasting

Radio Premiere

1960 "Flair" (CBS' answer to Monitor) premieres on radio with Dick Van Dyke

  • 1960 US sitcom "The Andy Griffith Show" premieres in CBS (runs till 1968)

Television Premiere

1961 "The Dick Van Dyke Show" created by Carl Reiner, starring Dick van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore premieres on CBS-TV

  • 1961 KMED (now KTVL) TV channel 10 in Medford, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting

Music Premiere

1961 Noël Coward's musical "Sail Away", starring Elaine Stritch, opens at Broadhurst Theater, NYC; runs for 167 performances

  • 1961 TV sitcom "Mr Ed" premieres on CBS
  • 1967 KGSC (now KICU) TV channel 36 in San Jose, CA (IND) begins

Musical Finale

1970 André Previn and Alan Jay Lerner's musical "Coco", inspired by the life of Coco Chanel, and starring Katharine Hepburn, closes at Mark Hellinger Theatre, NYC, after 329 performances, and 2 Tony Awards

  • 1970 WAPT TV channel 16 in Jackson, MS (ABC) begins broadcasting

Music History

1977 Victor Borge's "Comedy with Music" opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 66 performances

Music History

1992 Irish pop singer Sinéad O'Connor rips up a picture of Pope John Paul II on "Saturday Night Live" [1]

Television Premiere

1992 Madonna premieres her "Erotica" video on MTV

Theatrical Finale

1993 Peter Shaffer's stage comedy twin-bill "White Liars/Black Comedy" closes at the Criterion Theater, NYC, after 38 performances

Music History

1993 World music singer Harry Belafonte performs in Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark

Film & TV History

1994 Gary Larson, announces he is retiring from doing "The Far Side" cartoon

Murder of Interest

1995 Former NFL running back, broadcaster and actor O.J. Simpson found not guilty of the murder of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman in Los Angeles, California

Television Premiere

2000 TV series "Dark Angel" created by James Cameron and Charles H. Eglee and starring Jessica Alba premieres in the US

  • 2004 TV series "Desperate Housewives" starring Teri Hatcher and an ensemble cast premieres in the US on ABC
  • 2006 American drama series "Friday Night Lights" starring Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton premieres on NBC
  • 2008 Former NFL star O.J. Simpson found guilty of charges of kidnapping and armed robbery