Events in Film & TV on September 4

Film Release

1936 RKO Radio Pictures releases "Swing Time", directed by George Stevens, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers

  • 1940 CBS begins broadcasting TV as station W2XAB
  • 1951 1st transcontinental TV broadcast, by US President Harry Truman
  • 1951 NBC extends to become a 61 station coast-to-coast network
  • 1953 WATR (now WTXX) TV channel 20 in Waterbury, CT (NBC) begins
  • 1953 WGEM TV channel 10 in Quincy-Hannibal, IL (NBC) begins broadcasting

Radio Premiere

1961 Carol Burnett-Richard Hayes Show premieres on CBS radio

  • 1965 KREZ TV channel 6 in Durango, CO (CBS/NBC) begins broadcasting

Telethon

1967 Jerry Lewis' 2nd Muscular Dystrophy telethon

  • 1972 "The Price is Right" - US's longest running games show debuts on CBS
  • 1972 John Lennon and Yoko Ono perform three songs ("Imagine"; "Now Or Never"; "Give Peace A Chance") on Jerry Lewis' 7th Muscular Dystrophy telethon at the Americana Hotel, NYC
  • 1978 Jerry Lewis' 13th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $29,074,405

Film & TV History

1981 Newscaster David Brinkley is released by NBC

  • 1989 46th Venice Film Festival: "A City of Sadness" directed by Hsiao-hsien Hou debuts and wins the Golden Lion
  • 1989 Jerry Lewis' 24th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $42,737,219

Venice Film Festival

1990 47th Venice Film Festival: "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead" directed by Tom Stoppard wins the Golden Lion

  • 1992 "Scared Silent" is 1st non news program to be seen on 3 networks simultaneously. (CBS, NBC & PBS), about child abuse hosted by Oprah

Television Debut

1995 Cult TV series "Xena: Warrior Princess" starring Lucy Lawless and Renee O'Connor debuts in the US

  • 1995 Jerry Lewis' 30th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $47,800,000
  • 1998 1st ever "Who wants to be a Millionaire?" hosted by Chris Tarrant debuts on ITV in Britain

Film & TV History

2002 Before a U.S. Congressional panel, Doris Roberts testifies that age discrimination is prevalent in Hollywood

Music History

2002 Kelly Clarkson is crowned the winner of the first series of "American Idol" TV singing competition series

  • 2004 Dramatic film "Finding Neverland" about playwright J. M. Barrie's relationship with a family who inspired his creation of Peter Pan, premieres at the Venice Film Festival

Film Premiere

2008 "The Hurt Locker" directed by Kathryn Bigelow and starring Jeremy Renner premieres at the Venice Film Festival (Best Picture 2010)

Film & TV History

2019 YouTube fined $170 million for illegally collecting data on children's viewing habits by US Federal Trade Commission