Monday, April 25, 2011

This Week in Television History: April 2011 PART III

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As always, the further we go back in Hollywood history, the more that fact and legend become intertwined. It's hard to say where the truth really lies.




April 27, 1986


Video pirate disrupts HBO signals.




A video pirate manages to override the satellite transmission of an HBO movie on this day in 1986. He interrupted the show with a message stating he did not intend to pay for his HBO service.


April 29, 1944


Last "Our Gang" film released.



Dancing Romeo, the last "Our Gang" film, is released on this day in 1944. The first film, featuring a band of mischievous youngsters, was produced in 1922 by Hal Roach. Roach produced the short films until 1938, when he sold the rights to MGM. In all, more than 100 Our Gang films were made. Later, they were shown as TV comedies under the name "The Little Rascals."


MAY



May 1, 1931


President Herbert Hoover officially dedicates New York City's Empire State Building.



Less than eight months later, a television-transmitting antenna had been erected atop the structure (The top was originally designed as a mooring mast for dirigibles). During the ensuing 36 years, television and FM radio signals have continued to be transmitted from this location. Today, 22 stations share the site.

To quote the Bicentennial Minute, "And that's the way it was". Stay Tuned Tony Figueroa
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