On This Day

Events in Film & TV on September 17

  • 1948 KCOP TV channel 13 in Los Angeles/Hollywood, CA (IND) begins
  • 1948 WLS TV channel 7 in Chicago, IL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949 WFAA TV channel 8 in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949 3rd Cannes Film Festival: "The Third Man" directed by Carol Reed wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • 1956 Television is first broadcast in Australia.
  • 1957 KETV TV channel 7 in Omaha, NB (ABC) begins broadcasting

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1957 Two male attorneys "stand in" as actress Sophia Loren & producer Carlo Ponti wed by proxy in Juarez, Mexico

Actress Sophia Loren
Actress
Sophia Loren
  • 1963 "The Fugitive" starring David Janssen premieres on ABC TV
  • 1964 "Bewitched" premieres on ABC TV

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1964 The Supremes release "Baby Love"

Singer and Actress Diana Ross
Singer and Actress
Diana Ross
  • 1965 WPHL TV channel 17 in Philadelphia, PA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1965 CBS premiere of WWII sitcom "Hogan's Heroes"
  • 1966 "Mission Impossible" premieres on CBS-TV
  • 1970 WSWP TV channel 9 in Grandview, WV (PBS) begins broadcasting

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1972 TV comedy "M*A*S*H", adapted from the movie, starring Alan Alda, Loretta Swit, Wayne Rogers, and McLean Stevenson debuts on CBS in the US

Actor, Director and Comedian Alan Alda
Actor, Director and Comedian
Alan Alda
  • 1976 NASA publicly unveils space shuttle Enterprise in Palmdale, California, named after Star Trek Enterprise with cast attending
  • 1978 30th Emmy Awards: All in the Family, Ed Asner & Sada Thompson win

Film release premierFilm Premier

1980 "Divine Madness" starring Bette Midler, premieres

Actress and Singer Bette Midler
Actress and Singer
Bette Midler

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1983 Vanessa Williams (NY), 20, crowned 56th Miss America 1984, 1st winner of African American descent

Singer and Actress Vanessa Williams
Singer and Actress
Vanessa Williams

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1983 8th Toronto International Film Festival: "The Big Chill" directed by Lawrence Kasdan wins the People's Choice Award

Actress Glenn Close
Actress
Glenn Close
  • 1989 41st Emmy Awards: LA Law, "Cheers", Dana Delany & Candice Bergen win
  • 1992 House votes 280 to 128 to give FCC control of cable TV rates
  • 1994 Heather Whitestone, 21, (Ala), crowned 68th Miss America 1995
  • 2010 The 54 year run of the soap opera As the World Turns ends as its final episode is broadcast.
  • 2010 Documentary film "Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?" released theatrically