Events in Film & TV on September 12

Film & TV History

1928 Katharine Hepburn's NYC stage debut in "Night Hostess"

  • 1934 "L'Atalante", French film directed by Jean Vigo, starring Michel Simon, Dita Parlo and Jean Dasté, is released

Music History

1952 Noël Coward's "Quadrille," premieres in London

  • 1954 WLBZ TV channel 2 in Bangor, ME (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1955 KNTV TV channel 11 in San Jose, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting

Television Premiere

1959 American western series "Bonanza" starring Lorne Greene, Dan Blocker, and Michael Landon premieres on NBC-TV

  • 1963 WHYY TV channel 12 in Wilmington, DE (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film Premiere

1964 Film that started Spaghetti Western genre "A Fistful of Dollars" premieres, directed by Sergio Leone, starring Clint Eastwood in his first leading role

  • 1965 WCEE TV channel 23 in Rockford, IL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1966 "Monkees" premieres on NBC-TV
  • 1966 KPNE TV channel 9 in North Platte, NB (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1966 WCES TV channel 20 in Wrens, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1966 WUSF TV channel 16 in Tampa-St Petersburg, FL (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1970 Phyllis Ann George (Texas), 21, crowned 43rd Miss America 1971
  • 1972 TV sitcom "Maude", a spin-off of "All In The Family", starring Bea Arthur and Bill Macy premieres on CBS

Television Premiere

1978 Situation comedy "Taxi" premieres on ABC television starring Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito, Tony Danza, Marilu Henner, and Andy Kaufman

The Smurfs TV Debut

1981 "The Smurfs" animated cartoon series by Hanna-Barbera first broadcasts in North America

  • 1981 Elizabeth Ward (Arkansas), 20, crowned 54th Miss America 1982

Music History

1984 American country singer Barbara Mandrell is badly injured in a car accident

Film & TV History

1986 "Blue Velvet" directed by David Lynch, Starring Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan and Dennis Hopper debuts in Toronto

  • 1986 Limited U.S. premiere of film adaptation of Marsha Norman's play "'Night, Mother"

Emmy Awards

1999 51st Emmy Awards: The Practice, Ally McBeal, Dennis Franz & Edie Falco win

  • 2005 Hong Kong Disneyland opens in Penny's Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong.

Radio History

2005 Mark Messier announces on ESPN radio that he will retire from the NHL

Venice Film Festival

2020 Chloé Zhao's "Nomadland" starring Frances McDormand wins the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival

  • 2022 74th Emmy Awards: "Succession" Best Drama, "Ted Lasso" Best Comedy, "The White Lotus" Best Limited Series [1]
  • 2022 Lee Jung-jae, star of "Squid Game" is the first person from a foreign-language show to win an Emmy for best actor in a drama [1]