Events in Film & TV on September 23

  • 1889 Nintendo Koppai (Later Nintendo Company, Limited) founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce and market the playing card game Hanafuda
  • 1912 1st Mack Sennett "Keystone Comedy" movie released "Cohen Collects a Debt"

Film Release

1927 "Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans", directed by F. W. Murnau, starring George O'Brien and Janet Gaynor, is released (Academy Awards Unique and Artistic Picture 1927)

  • 1953 KHQA TV channel 7 in Hannibal-Quincy, MO (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1957 WTIC TV channel 61 in Hartford, CT (CBS/FOX) begins broadcasting
  • 1961 1st movie to become a TV series, "How to Marry a Millionaire" premieres

Television Debut

1962 ABC's 1st color TV series - The Jetsons by Hanna-Barbera first broadcast

  • 1963 WMEB TV channel 12 in Orono, ME (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 WKAS TV channel 25 in Ashland, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 WKGB TV channel 53 in Bowling Green, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 WKLE TV channel 46 in Lexington, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 WKMA TV channel 35 in Madisonville, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 WKMR TV channel 38 in Morehead, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 WKON TV channel 52 in Owenton, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 WKSO TV channel 29 in Somerset, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 WKZT TV channel 23 in Elizabethtown, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film Premiere

1969 "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" directed by George Roy Hill and starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford premieres at the Roger Sherman Theater in New Haven, Connecticut

  • 1969 1st broadcast of "Marcus Welby MD" on ABC-TV
  • 1974 BBC Ceefax begins 1st teletext service

Music Premiere

1974 Revival of Jules Styne and Stephen Sondheim's musical "Gypsy" opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 120 performances, Angela Lansbury wins Tony Award for her role as Mama Rose

Film & TV History

1976 US televised presidential debate between Republican incumbent Gerald Ford and Democratic challenger Jimmy Carter

  • 1977 Cheryl Ladd replaces Farrah Fawcett on TV show "Charlie's Angels"

Film & TV History

1979 Jane Fonda & 200,000 attend anti-nuke rally in Battery Park, NYC

  • 1984 36th Emmy Awards: "Hill Street Blues"; "Cheers": John Ritter & Tyne Daly win
  • 1988 Premiere of director Paul Schrader's crime biopic "Patty Hearst"
  • 1990 PBS begins an 11 hour miniseries on Civil War

Film Release

1994 "The Shawshank Redemption", directed by Frank Darabont and starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, is released

  • 2003 Crime drama "NCIS" starring Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherley, Pauley Perrette and David McCallum premieres on CBS in the US

Television Premiere

2009 TV comedy "Modern Family" premieres on ABC, starring Ed 'Neill and Sofia Vergara

Emmy Awards

2012 64th Emmy Awards: "Homeland", "Modern Family", Damian Lewis & Claire Danes win