Events in Film & TV on September 19

  • 1888 One of first known modern beauty contests held in Spa, Belgium

Music Premiere

1910 George M. Cohan's musical "Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford" premieres in NYC

  • 1949 "Late Spring", Japanese film directed by Yasujirō Ozu, starring Chishū Ryū, Setsuko Hara and Haruko Sugimura, is released in Japan
  • 1951 1st broadcast of "Search for Tomorrow" on CBS-TV

Television Premiere

1952 "Adventures of Superman" TV series starring George Reeves premieres in syndication in the US

Film & TV History

1952 The United States bars Charlie Chaplin from re-entering the country after a trip to England

Film & TV History

1959 Nikita Khrushchev is denied access to Disneyland

Television Premiere

1970 "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" premieres on CBS

Film Premiere

1975 "Fawlty Towers" starring John Cleese, Prunella Scales and Andrew Sachs premieres on BBC2 in the UK

  • 1980 "Ordinary People" directed by Robert Redford and starring Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore and Judd Hirsch premieres (Academy Award - Best Picture, 1981)
  • 1981 6th Toronto International Film Festival: "Chariots of Fire" directed by Hugh Hudson wins the People's Choice Award

Emmy Awards

1982 34th Emmy Awards: Hill St Blue, Barney Miller, Alan Alda & Carol Kane win

Film Premiere

1986 3-D short film "Captain EO" with Michael Jackson premieres at Disney theme parks

  • 1987 12th Toronto International Film Festival: "The Princess Bride" directed by Rob Reiner wins the People's Choice Award

Farm Aid Concert

1987 Farm Aid III held in Lincoln, Nebraska; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett, John Denver, and Joe Walsh [1]

  • 1987 Kaye Lani Rae Rafko (Mich), 24, crowned 61st Miss America

Television Debut

1989 "Doogie Howser, M.D.", starring Neil Patrick Harris as a teenage physician, debuts on ABC

  • 1992 17th Toronto International Film Festival: "Strictly Ballroom" directed by Baz Luhrmann wins the People's Choice Award

Emmy Awards

1993 45th Emmy Awards: Seinfeld, Picket Fences & Ted Danson win

  • 1993 Actress Michele Phillips (Knots Landing) is robbed at gunpoint
  • 1993 Kimberly Clarice Aiken, 18, Miss SC wins 67th Miss America

Television Premiere

1994 "ER" premieres on NBC, created by Michael Crichton, starring George Clooney, Anthony Edwards and Noah Wyle

Toronto Film Festival

1998 23rd Toronto International Film Festival: "Life Is Beautiful" directed by Roberto Benigni wins the People's Choice Award

  • 2004 56th Emmy Awards: The Sopranos, Arrested Development, James Spader and Allison Janney win

Toronto Film Festival

2009 34th Toronto International Film Festival: "Precious" directed by Lee Daniels wins the People's Choice Award

  • 2010 35th Toronto International Film Festival: "The King's Speech" directed by Tom Hooper wins the People's Choice Award

Television Debut

2011 Ashton Kutcher debuts on "Two and a Half Men", replacing Charlie Sheen

  • 2021 73rd Emmy Awards: "The Crown" Best Drama, "Ted Lasso" Best Comedy, "Mare of Easttown" Best Limited Series

Music History

2021 RuPaul becomes the most decorated black artist in Emmy history, winning his 11th award for "RuPaul’s Drag Race"