Events in Film & TV on October 30

  • 1931 W2XB TV channel 1 in NYC, NY (NBC) begins broadcasting

Panic Over War of the Worlds

1938 A radio broadcast of H. G. Wells "The War of the Worlds", narrated by Orson Welles, allegedly causes a mass panic

Film Premiere

1940 "One Night in the Tropics", first film for Abbott and Costello, premieres in Paterson, New Jersey

  • 1957 WLWI (now WTHR) TV channel 13 in Indianapolis, IN (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • 1957 WYTV TV channel 33 in Youngstown, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting

Film & TV History

1965 British model Jean Shrimpton causes a sensation at Derby Day at the Melbourne races wearing a white shift dress (four inches above the knee)

  • 1969 WXPO (now WNDS) TV channel 50 in Manchester, NH (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 1970 KVEW TV channel 42 in Kennewick, WA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1974 "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" horror film premieres in Los Angeles

Film Release

1979 Tamla/Motown releases Stevie Wonder's documentary film soundtrack "Journey Through The Secret Life of Plants"

  • 2002 British Digital terrestrial television (DTT) Service Freeview begins transmitting in parts of the United Kingdom.

Film Premiere

2003 Stephen Schwartz's musical "Wicked", a re-telling of the "Wizard of Oz" from the Wicked Witch of the West's' point of view, starring Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, opens at the Gershwin Theatre, NYC; run is ongoing, wins 2 Tony Awards, 7 Drama Desk Awards, and a Grammy

Film Premiere

2011 "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" based on the book by Stephenie Meyer, directed by Bill Condon, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, premieres at the Rome Film Festival

Film & TV History

2012 Walt Disney purchases Lucasfilm Ltd, and its rights for Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, for $4.05 billion

Film & TV History

2017 Actor Kevin Spacey issues apology after actor Anthony Rapp accuses him of inappropriate sexual behaviour when he was 14

Hall of Fame

2021 36th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Foo Fighters; The Go-Go's; Jay-Z; Carole King; Todd Rundgren; Tina Turner; Kraftwerk; Gil Scott-Heron; Charley Patton; LL Cool J; Billy Preston; Randy Rhodes; and Clarence Avant