Today in Movie History

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Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 102

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 - First 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
1941-03-24 - Glenn Miller begins work on his 1st movie for 20th Century Fox
1942-06-14 - Walt Disney's animated movie "Bambi", based on the book by Felix Salten, is released
Actress Judy GarlandActress Judy Garland 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
1953-01-29 - 1st movie in Cinemascope "The Robe" based on the book by Lloyd C. Douglas, directed by Henry Koster and starring Richard Burton and Jean Simmons premieres
1953-04-10 - "House of Wax", 1st 3-D movie, released (NYC)
1960-11-04 - "Misfits" premieres, final movie for Clark Gable & Marilyn Monroe
Actress Marilyn MonroeActress 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
1961-09-28 - Walt Disney's movie "Grey Friars Bobby" premieres
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 starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder
1976-04-06 - 1st quadrophonic movie track: "Ladies & Gentlemen the Rolling Stones"
1976-06-24 - 1975 movie "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" released in Germany
1977-05-25 - Original "Star Wars" movie ("part IV"), directed by George Lucas first 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 - "A Question of Love"
1980-11-20 - UA withdraws $44 million movie "Heaven's Gate" for re-editing
1982-03-21 - Movie "Annie" premieres
Film Director George LucasFilm Director George Lucas 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" screens in US on NBC
1988-08-12 - Movie "Last Temptation of Christ" is released
1988-12-02 - "Naked Gun" (a movie based on TV's "Police Squad") premieres
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
1989-06-13 - "Licence to Kill", 16th James Bond film, last directed by John Glen and starring Timothy Dalton premieres in London
1989-06-23 - Movie "Batman" premieres
1989-07-03 - The movie "Batman" set record of quickest $100 million (10 days)
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
1997-12-25 - For 1st time US movie box office receipts pass $6 billion
1998-02-20 - US movie box office hits quickest $1 billion for year (51 days)
1998-12-31 - US movie box office hits record $6.24 billion for year
2008-06-01 - A fire at the backlot of Universal Studios Hollywood destroys several icons from movies, such as Courthouse Square, the clock tower from Back to the Future, and the King Kong exhibit on the studio tour.

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, American artist and photographe (Dada), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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, movie critic (Entertainment Tonight), born in NYC, New York
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 - 12 of 12

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)
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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