Events in Film & TV on September 8

Sports History

1894 Employed by Thomas Edison, William K.L. Dickson films first boxing match at West Orange, New Jersey, an exhibition between world heavyweight champion James J. Corbett and Peter Courtney

  • 1921 1st Miss America crowned in Atlantic City - Margaret Gorman (16) of Washington, D.C.

Catholic Encyclical

1957 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical on motion pictures, radio and television

Hey, Hey – We're The Monkees

1965 Small ads in Daily Variety and Hollywood Reporter attract 437 young men interested in forming the world’s first manufactured boy band, "The Monkees" - 3 are chosen with Davey Jones already having been cast

Television Premiere

1966 "Star Trek" premieres on NBC-TV starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy

  • 1966 "That Girl" starring Marlo Thomas premieres on ABC-TV
  • 1973 "Star Trek - Animated Series" premieres on TV
  • 1973 Rebecca Ann King (23), Miss Colorado, crowned 46th Miss America
  • 1977 Interpol sends a resolution concerning video piracy
  • 1979 Cheryl Prewitt (Miss), 22, crowned 52nd Miss America 1980
  • 1981 British TV comedy "Only Fools and Horses" created by John Sullivan, starring David Jason, Nicholas Lyndhurst and Lennard Pearce premieres on BBC One

Film & TV History

1986 "The Oprah Winfrey Show" is first broadcast nationally

  • 1996 48th Emmy Awards: ER, Dennis Franz & Kathy Baker win

Theatrical Finale

1996 August Wilson's drama "Seven Guitars" closes at Walter Kerr Theater, NYC, after 188 performances

  • 1997 TV series "Ally McBeal" starring Calista Flockhart, created by David E. Kelley premieres on Fox in the US

Film Premiere

1999 "American Beauty", directed by Sam Mendes and starring Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, and Thora Birch, premieres in Los Angeles (Best Picture 2000)

  • 1999 US Attorney General Janet Reno names former Senator John Danforth to head an independent investigation of the 1993 fire at the Branch Davidian church near Waco, Texas in response to revelations in the film "Waco The Rules of Engagement"

Television Premiere

2008 TV news show "The Rachel Maddow Show" hosted by Rachel Maddow" and based on her radio show premieres on MSNBC

Film & TV History

2015 Comedian Stephen Colbert debuts as the new host of CBS's "The Late Show"

  • 2018 75th Venice International Film Festival: a Netflix film wins the Golden Lion for the first time with "Roma"