Video: 'The Creation of Venus' (part 1)
(Wednesday, March 31, 1982, 8:30 p.m. ET) — When Venus lets it slip that he was a schoolteacher before he came to WKRP, Andy has to tell Mama Carlson the truth about how he hired Gordon Sims as a DJ and how they came up with the persona of Venus Flytrap on tonight’s episode of the CBS-TV sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati. Continue reading ‘The Creation of Venus’ episodes airs on ‘WKRP in Cincinnati’ 30 years ago this hour (1982)
(Saturday, March 31, 1962) — Don’t Break the Heart That Loves You by Connie Francis peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for one week.
(Saturday, March 31, 1962) — Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream) by Roy Orbison peaked at #4 on today’s Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for one week.
(Thursday, March 31, 1932) — Scarface, a film about gang warfare and police intervention when rival gangs fight over control of a city, premiered today in the U.S.
Directed by Howard Hawks and Richard Rosson, the film stars Ann Dvorak, Karen Morley, Osgood Perkins, C. Henry Gordon, Vince Barnett, Edwin Maxwell, and Boris Karloff.
(Monday, March 30, 1992) — The politically incorrected The Silence of the Lambs re-wrote Academy Award history tonight as the grisly drama about an FBI rookie and a flesh-eating killer swept the top five Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director (Jonathan Demme) Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins), Best Actress (Jodie Foster) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Ted Tally) at the 64th Academy Awards at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles and hosted by Billy Crystal. Continue reading ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ scores surprise sweep at Oscars 20 years ago tonight (1992)
(Sunday, March 30, 1952, 8 p.m. EST) — Jackie Gleason performs his bakery comedy routine with the conveyer belt on tonight’s edition of the CBS-TV variety show The Ed Sullivan Show.
Video: Key Biscayne meeting (at 6:48)
(Thursday, March 30, 1972) — Former U.S. Attorney John N. Mitchell, who had become head of President Nixon’s re-election campaign committee, and Jeb Stuart Magruder, Mr. Mitchell’s deputy, approved a “dirty tricks” campaign, including the Watergate break-in, during a meeting today in Key Biscayne, Florida. Continue reading Nixon campaign approves ‘dirty tricks’ 40 years ago today (1972)
(Thursday, March 30, 1972, noon Indochina Time, during the Vietnam War) — The Easter Offensive, the largest offensive operation since 300,000 Chinese volunteers had crossed the Yalu River into North Korea during the Korean War, began today with an intense North Vietnamese artillery barrage on the northernmost South Vietnamese outposts in Quang Tri Province. Continue reading North Vietnamese launch Easter Offensive 40 years ago this hour (1972)
(Monday, March 29, 1982) — Chariots of Fire was named Best Picture of 1981 tonight at the 54th Academy Awards, hosted by Johnny Carson at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles.
Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn won Oscars for their co-starring roles as husband and wife in On Golden Pond.
Warren Beatty won Best Director for Reds.
Video: Paar interviews JFK (June 16, 1960)
(Thursday, March 29, 1962) — Jack Paar hosted NBC’s Tonight show for the final time today, although the network aired a repeat the following night. Continue reading Jack Paar ends run as host of NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show’ 50 years ago today (1962)