Events in Film & TV on September 7

  • 1921 In Atlantic City, New Jersey, the first Miss America Pageant, a two-day event, is held
  • 1923 Mary Katherine Campbell (Ohio), 16, crowned 2nd Miss America 1922-23
  • 1927 Philo Farnsworth demonstrates the first use of his electronic television in San Francisco
  • 1935 Romantic comedy film "Page Miss Glory" starring Marion Davies premieres in the USA

Film Release

1954 "Journey to Italy", directed by Roberto Rossellini, starring Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders, is released

  • 1957 WWL TV channel 4 in New Orleans, LA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1963 WCTI TV channel 12 in New Bern, NC (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1966 KTNE TV channel 13 in Alliance, NB (PBS) begins broadcasting


1970 Jerry Lewis' 5th Muscular Dystrophy telethon

  • 1974 Shirley Cothran (Texas), 21, crowned 47th Miss America 1975
  • 1979 The Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) makes its debut.
  • 1980 32nd Emmy Awards: "Taxi"; "Lou Grant"; Ed Asner & Barbara Bel Geddes win. Notable for going ahead despite 51 of the 52 nominated performers boycotting the event due to a strike by members of the Screen Actors Guild.
  • 1981 Jerry Lewis' 16th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $31,500,000
  • 1986 NBC premiere of "The French Connection" film based TV sequel "Popeye Doyle"
  • 1987 Jerry Lewis' 22nd Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $39,021,723
  • 1990 Marjorie Judith Vincent (Ill), 25, crowned 64th Miss America 1991

Film Premiere

2006 Sacha Baron Cohen's mockumentary "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" premieres at the Toronto Film Festival

Venice Film Festival

2019 "The Joker" directed by Todd Phillips and starring Joaquin Phoenix wins the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival