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

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1980 "Divine Madness" starring Bette Midler, premieres

Actress and Singer Bette Midler
Actress and Singer
Bette Midler
  • 1983 Vanessa Williams (NY), 20, crowned 56th Miss America 1984, 1st black
  • 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.