Today in Movie History

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Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 106

1864-03-01 - Louis Ducos du Hauron patents movie machine (never built)
1888-10-17 - Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie).
1893-02-01 - Thomas Edison complete's worlds 1st movie studio (West Orange NJ)
1893-02-02 - 1st movie close-up (of a sneeze), Edison studio, West Orange, NJ
1894-01-09 - "Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze" released in movie theaters
1895-03-22 - Auguste & Louis Lumiere show their 1st movie to an invited audience
Inventor Thomas EdisonInventor Thomas Edison 1895-05-20 - 1st commercial movie performance (153 Broadway, NYC)
1896-03-12 - 1st movie in Netherlands (Kalverstr 220)
1896-04-23 - Vitascope system of movie projection 1st shown at Koster & Bial's Music Hall (NYC)
1896-06-26 - 1st movie theater in US opens, charging 10 cents for admission
1897-08-31 - Thomas Edison patented his movie camera (Kinetograph)
1900-02-14 - Date of events in movie "Picnic at Hanging Rock"
1902-03-10 - A United States court of appeals rules that Thomas Edison did not invent the movie camera.
1902-04-02 - "Electric Theatre", the first full-time movie theater in the United States, opens in Los Angeles, California.
1907-11-28 - In Haverhill, Massachusetts, scrap-metal dealer Louis B. Mayer opens his first movie theater.
1908-05-21 - 1st horror movie (Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde) premieres in Chicago
1910-11-12 - 1st Movie stunt: man jumps into Hudson river from a burning balloon
1912-05-18 - Maurits Binger establishes 2 Dutch movie companies
1912-07-31 - US government prohibits movies & photos of prize fights (censorship)
1912-09-23 - 1st Mack Sennett "Keystone Comedy" movie released
1913-12-29 - 1st movie serial, "Adventures of Kathlyn," premieres in Chicago
1921-10-28 - Amsterdam's Tuschinski movie theater opens
1922-12-03 - 1st successful technicolor movie (Tall of the Sea), shown in NYC
1925-12-21 - Eisenstein's movie Battleship Potemkin premieres in Moscow
1926-05-20 - Thomas Edison says Americans prefer silent movies over talkies
1926-08-05 - 1st talkie movie "Don Juan" at Warner Theatre, NY
1926-08-06 - Warner Bros premieres Vitaphone sound-on-disc movie system (NY)
1927-01-05 - Fox Studios exhibits Movietone
1927-02-05 - Buster Keaton's movie "The General" released & bombed
1927-10-06 - "Jazz Singer," 1st movie with a sound track, premieres (NYC)
Founder of the Eastman Kodak Company George EastmanFounder of the Eastman Kodak Company George Eastman 1929-06-04 - George Eastman demonstrates 1st technicolor movie (Rochester NY)
1931-03-14 - 1st theater built for rear movie projection (NYC)
1932-12-21 - Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers, 1st joint movie (Flying Down to Rio)
1934-01-04 - 1st Dutch talkie movie, Jan Teunissen's "Willem of Orange," premieres
1934-04-19 - Shirley Temple appears in her 1st movie, "Stand Up & Cheer"
1940-02-07 - Walt Disney's 2nd feature-length movie, "Pinocchio," premieres (NYC)
1940-02-23 - Walt Disney's animated movie "Pinocchio," released
1940-08-03 - German occupiers forbid ritual slaughters & English & French movies
Animator Walt DisneyAnimator Walt Disney 1941-03-24 - Glenn Miller begins work on his 1st movie for 20th Century Fox
1942-06-14 - Walt Disney's "Bambi" animated movie is released Thumper's 1st job
1943-07-30 - Last Judy Garland-Mickey Rooney movie released (Girl Crazy)
1944-01-01 - 1st feature-length foreign movie, African Journey, shown on TV, NYC
1948-02-16 - 1st newsreel telecast, "20th Century Fox-Movietone News" shown on NBC
1951-01-28 - "La Vie Commence Demain," which depicted artificial insemination & is the 1st X-rated movie, opened in London
1952-11-26 - 1st modern 3-D movie "Bwana Devil" premieres in Hollywood
Actress Judy GarlandActress Judy Garland 1953-01-29 - 1st movie in Cinemascope (The Robe) premieres
1953-02-18 - "Bwana Devil," the 1st 3-D movie, opened in New York
1953-04-10 - "House of Wax", 1st 3-D movie, released (NYC)
1959-12-17 - 1st movie opening simultaneously in major cities (On The Beach)
1960-11-04 - "Misfits" premieres, final movie for Clark Gable & Marilyn Monroe
1960-11-13 - Fire in movie theater kills 152 children (Amude, Spain)
1961-07-19 - 1st in-flight movie shown (TWA)
1961-09-23 - 1st movie to become a TV series-How to Marry a Millionaire
Actress Marilyn MonroeActress Marilyn Monroe 1961-09-28 - Walt Disney's movie "Grey Friars Bobby" premieres
1963-06-09 - Movie "Cleopatra" opens in NY
1965-07-29 - Beatles movie "Help" premieres, Queen Elizabeth attends
1965-08-11 - Beatles movie "Help" opens in NYC
1969-03-26 - Marcus Welby MD, a TV movie is shown on ABC-TV
1970-01-27 - Movie rating system modifies "M" rating to "PG"
1970-05-13 - Beatles movie "Let it Be" premieres
1970-05-20 - Beatles' "Let it Be" movie premieres in UK
1970-06-24 - "Catch 22" opens in movie theaters
1971-02-14 - Movie "Ben Hur" 1st shown on television
1971-07-28 - Dutch ends censorship of "Blue Movie"
1971-11-30 - TV movie "Brian's Song," airs for 1st time on ABC-TV
1972-02-14 - CBS "Late Movie" premieres
1972-11-01 - 1st gay theme TV movie - "That Certain Summer"
Actor & Director Mel BrooksActor & Director Mel Brooks 1974-02-07 - Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles" opens in movie theaters
1976-04-06 - 1st quadrophonic movie track: "Ladies & Gentlemen the Rolling Stones"
1976-06-24 - 1975 movie "Rocky Horror Picture Show" released in Germany
1977-05-25 - Original "Star Wars" movie ("part IV") released
1978-01-20 - Columbia Pictures pays $9.5 million for movie rights to "Annie"
1978-08-19 - 422 die in an arson fire at a movie theater in Iran
1978-10-14 - 1st TV movie from a TV series-"Rescue from Gilligan's Island"
1978-11-26 - 1st lesbian theme TV movie - "Question of Love"
1980-11-20 - UA withdraws $44 million movie "Heaven's Gate" for reediting
1982-03-21 - Movie "Annie" premieres
1982-06-11 - Movie "ET the Extra-Terrestrial" released (highest grossing film)
1982-08-02 - Roger Ebert's Movie News premieres on ABC FM network
1983-06-02 - 1980 movie "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" released in Germany
1983-11-20 - 100 million watch ABC-TV movie "Day After," about nuclear war
1985-11-11 - 1st AIDS theme TV movie - "An Early Frost"
1988-08-12 - Movie "Last Temptation of Christ" is released
1988-12-02 - "Naked Gun" premieres, a movie based on TV's "Police Squad"
1989-04-30 - Critics Siskel & Ebert film their 500th TV movie-review show
1989-05-15 - Maxwell House coffee runs ads during "Roe vs Wade" movie despite threat of boycott by right-to-lifers
1989-06-23 - Movie "Batman" premieres
1989-07-03 - The movie "Batman" set record of quickest $100 million (10 days)
1989-07-14 - 16th James Bond movies "Licence to Kill" premieres
1989-09-26 - MPAA creates NC-17 rating for movies with adult themes
1990-05-18 - TV movie "Return To Green Acres" airs
1990-06-14 - Date of the events in the movie Mr Destiny
1990-07-06 - "Jetson's the Movie" with Tiffany, premieres
1991-07-26 - Paul Reubens (Pee Wee Herman) is arrested in Florida, for exposing himself at an adult movie theater
1992-08-03 - Paramount inaugurates New York Street on TV/movie lot
1994-05-20 - Sony Theaters & Cineplex (NYC) hike movie ticket prices to $8.00
1994-05-27 - Flintstones live action movie opens
1994-10-10 - MPAA chief Jack Valenti holds meeting to determine new movie ratings
1995-06-09 - Brady Bunch Movie (1995) premieres in UK
1995-06-09 - Wigstock The Movie (1994) premieres in USA

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 25 of 25

1862-10-19 - Auguste Lumière, made 1st movie (Workers Leaving Lumière Factory)
1880-01-17 - Mack Sennett, movie creator (Keystone Kops)
1880-08-26 - Guillaume Apollinaire, France, poet/movie critic (Alcoola)
1890-08-27 - Man Ray, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, American artist and photographe (Dada)
1891-10-28 - Ormer Locklear, American movie stunt pilot (d. 1920)
1892-08-02 - Jack Warner, US movie studio head (Warner Bros)
1906-05-22 - Harry Ritz, US comic (Ritz Brothers-Silent Movie)
1907-03-08 - Charles Boost, movie critic
1911-07-02 - Diego Fabbri, Italian, playwright/leader (Vatican movie bureau)
1919-01-13 - Army Archerd, Hollywood columnist/TV host (Movie Game)
1919-06-19 - Pauline Kael, movie critic (NY Times, For Keeps)
1920-06-29 - Ray Harryhausen, movie special effect artist (Clash of Titans), (d. 2013)
1922-05-22 - Judith Crist, NY, movie critic (TV Guide)
1923-03-22 - Marcel Marceau, Strasbourg France, mime (Barbarella, Silent Movie)
1925-03-10 - Ed van der Elsken, movie photographer (Een liefdesgeschiedenis)
1928-10-31 - Andrew Sarris, movie critic (Village Voice)
1935-05-17 - Dennis Christopher George Potter, playwright (Karaoke, Midnight Movie)
1942-02-01 - Muna Wassef, Wassef is a well known Syrian/Arab movie star and a United Nations Goodwill ambassador.
1942-06-18 - Roger Ebert, Urbana Ill, film critic (Siskel & Ebert at the Movies)
1946-01-26 - Gene Siskel, movie critic (Siskel & Ebert)
1950-12-18 - Leonard Maltin, NYC, movie critic (Entertainment Tonight)
1958-10-19 - John Bloom, [Joe Bob Briggs], drive-in movie critic
Rapper EminemRapper Eminem (1972-10-17) 1972-10-17 - Eminem [Marshall Bruce Mathers III], Saint Joseph Missouri, rapper and movie star ('The Real Slim Shady', 'Stan' and '8 Mile')
1974-08-26 - Eric D. Snider, American humor columnist / movie reviewer
1978-10-04 - Ko Soo, South Korean television and movie actor

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 13 of 13

Silent Film Star Rudolph ValentinoSilent Film Star Rudolph Valentino (1926-08-23) 1926-08-23 - Rudolph Valentino, silent movie idol (Sheik), dies in NY at 31
1948-06-06 - Louis Lumière, French movie pioneer (b. 1864)
1949-01-15 - Black Dahlia, murder victim found in LA (basis of the movie)
1954-04-10 - Auguste Lumière, French photograph/movie pioneer, dies at 81
1958-07-25 - Harry Warner, US movie pionier (Warner Bros), dies at 81
1978-09-09 - Jack L Warner, US movie production (Warner Bros), dies at 86)
1985-01-13 - Carol Wayne, Johnny Carson's teatime movie hostess, dies at 42
1986-10-05 - Hall B Wallis, US movie production (Barefoot in Park), dies at 87
1991-04-09 - Maurice Binder, title designer (James Bond Movies), dies at 73
1993-07-30 - Jay Scott, [Jeffrey Scott Beaven], US/Canada movie critic, dies at 43
1993-11-04 - Jose L Guarner, Spanish movie reviewer, dies at 56
1994-11-17 - G Waller, German/Swiss movie journalist (NRC/Variety), dies at 82
2000-09-15 - Vincent Canby, American movie critic (b. 1924)


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