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 3rd Cannes Film Festival: "The Third Man" directed by Carol Reed wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • 1949 WFAA TV channel 8 in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1956 Television is first broadcast in Australia
  • 1957 KETV TV channel 7 in Omaha, NB (ABC) begins broadcasting

Film & TV History

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

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

Music Single

1964 The Supremes release single "Baby Love"

  • 1965 CBS premiere of WWII sitcom "Hogan's Heroes"
  • 1965 WPHL TV channel 17 in Philadelphia, PA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1966 "Mission Impossible" premieres on CBS-TV

TV Show Appearance

1967 American rock band "The Doors" appear for 1st and last time on "The Ed Sullivan Show"; singer Jim Morrison reneges on promise to change a lyric, prompting producers to offer no further invitations [1]

  • 1970 American TV variety program "The Flip Wilson Show" debuts on NBC-TV,; runs for 4 seasons, winning 2 Emmy Awards
  • 1970 WSWP TV channel 9 in Grandview, WV (PBS) begins broadcasting

Television Debut

1972 TV comedy series "M*A*S*H", adapted from the movie, starring Alan Alda, Loretta Swit, Wayne Rogers, and McLean Stevenson debuts on CBS in the US; runs for 11 years garnering 14 Emmy and 1 Peabody Award

  • 1976 NASA publicly unveils space shuttle Enterprise in Palmdale, California, named after Star Trek Enterprise with cast attending

Album Release

1976 Polydor/Atlantic releases Ringo Starr' fifth studio album "Ringo's Rotogravure"

  • 1978 30th Emmy Awards: "All in the Family"; Ed Asner & Sada Thompson win

Film Premiere

1980 Bette Midler's concert film "Divine Madness", directed by Michael Ritchie, premieres

Toronto Film Festival

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

Music History

1983 Vanessa Williams (20), Miss New York is crowned 56th Miss America 1984; 1st winner of African-American descent

  • 1988 13th Toronto International Film Festival: "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" directed by Pedro Almodovar wins the People's Choice Award
  • 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 19th Toronto International Film Festival: "Priest" directed by Antonia Bird wins the People's Choice Award
  • 1994 Heather Whitestone, 21, (Ala), crowned 68th Miss America 1995
  • 2002 27th Toronto International Film Festival: "Whale Rider" directed by Niki Caro wins the People's Choice Award
  • 2005 30th Toronto International Film Festival: "Tsotsi" directed by Gavin Hood wins the People's Choice Award

Film Release

2010 Documentary film "Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?" released theatrically

  • 2010 The 54 year run of the soap opera As the World Turns ends as its final episode is broadcast.
  • 2013 TV comedy "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" starring Andy Samberg and an ensemble cast premieres in the US on Fox
  • 2021 Netflix drama "Squid Game" premieres created by Hwang Dong-hyuk