On This Day

Events in Film & TV on September 4

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1936 "Swing Time", directed by George Stevens, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, is released

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
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
  • 1961 Carol Burnett-Richard Hayes Show premieres on CBS radio
  • 1965 KREZ TV channel 6 in Durango, CO (CBS/NBC) begins broadcasting

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1967 Jerry Lewis' 2nd Muscular Dystrophy telethon

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • 1972 "The Price is Right" - US's longest running games show debuts on CBS
  • 1978 Jerry Lewis' 13th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $29,074,405
  • 1981 Newscaster David Brinkley is released by NBC
  • 1989 Jerry Lewis' 24th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $42,737,219
  • 1989 46th Venice Film Festival: "A City of Sadness" directed by Hsiao-hsien Hou debuts and wins the Golden Lion

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

Playwright and Screenwriter Tom Stoppard
Playwright and Screenwriter
Tom Stoppard
  • 1992 "Scared Silent" is 1st non news program to be seen on 3 networks simultaneously. (CBS, NBC & PBS), about child abuse hosted by Oprah
  • 1995 Jerry Lewis' 30th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $47,800,000

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

Actress & Singer Lucy Lawless
Actress & Singer
Lucy Lawless
Actor Kevin Smith
Actor
Kevin Smith
  • 1998 1st ever "Who wants to be a Millionaire?" hosted by Chris Tarrant debuts on ITV in Britain

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

Actress Doris Roberts
Actress
Doris Roberts

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

Director Kathryn Bigelow
Director
Kathryn Bigelow

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

CEO of YouTube Susan Wojcicki
CEO of YouTube
Susan Wojcicki