This Week in Movie History: 3/7/16

March 10, 1910: D.W. Griffith launches the Hollywood film industry with In Old California, the first film to be made in the new municipality.

March 10, 1922: Hollywood hires former Postmaster General Will H. Hays to oversee “moral and artistic standards in motion picture production.”

March 10, 1924: Swedish starlet Greta Garbo has her first major film role in director Mauritz Stiller’s The Saga of Gosta Berling.

March 11, 1927: Midtown Manhattan’s elaborate Roxy Theatre, billed as the world’s largest with nearly 6,000 seats, opens. It will be demolished in 1960.

March 11, 1931: Fritz Lang’s chilling true-crime drama M, starring Peter Lorre as a child killer, debuts in Berlin.

March 11, 1931: The director of Nosferatu and Sunrise, German-born F.W. Murnau, 42, is killed in a car accident on the Santa Barbara Highway.

March 10, 1932: Paramount Pictures abandons the East Coast for Hollywood, shutting down its Astoria, Long Island studios.

March 13, 1934: Walt Disney, accepting his Best Animated Short Academy Award for The Three Little Pigs, is the first winner to refer to the gold statuette as an “Oscar.”

March 9, 1935: A stuttering pig named Porky makes his screen debut in Friz Freleng’s Merrie Melodies short I Haven’t Got a Hat.

March 13, 1940: In roles originally planned for Jack Oakie and Fred MacMurray, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby first team up in Road to Singapore.

March 7, 1945: Barry Fitzgerald becomes the first actor to receive two Academy Award nominations for the same role, for Going My Way.

March 9, 1945: Filmed over a seven-month period during the Nazi occupation of France, Marcel Carne’s masterpiece, Les Enfants du Paradis, premieres in Paris.

March 10, 1947: Ronald Reagan is elected president…of the Screen Actors Guild, and a month later will agree to notify the FBI of any communist activity in the union.

March 13, 1947: Harold Russell, who lost both hands in a WWII hand grenade explosion, wins two Oscars for playing a returning G.I. in The Best Years of Our Lives.

March 9, 1955: After bit parts on TV and in film, James Dean becomes an overnight sensation with his starring film debut in East of Eden, which premieres today.

March 13, 1956John Ford’s landmark frontier drama The Searchers, starring John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter and Natalie Wood, opens.

March 8, 1958: Attendees of the first of horror director William Castle’s “gimmick films,” Macabre, are insured by Lloyds of London for $1,000 against “death by fright.”

March 11, 1969: A Boston judge declares The Killing of Sister George obscene and gives the theater owner showing the lesbian-themed drama a six-month jail sentence and a $1,000 fine.

March 8, 1971: Daredevil silent screen funnyman Harold Lloyd, 77, dies from cancer.

March 11, 1971: The sci-fi drama THX-1138, the feature debut of a young filmmaker named George Lucas, opens.

March 9, 1977: Believing (wrongly) that the film Mohammad, Messenger of God depicts the prophet, a group of African-American Muslims takes hostages at three Washington, D.C., sites and demands the biodrama be pulled from theaters.

March 7, 1988: The actor known as “the most beautiful woman in the world,” John Waters mainstay Divine, dies of a heart attack at 42.

March 8, 1996: The Coen Brothers’ “based on a true story” Midwest crime saga Fargo, starring Frances McDormand, opens.

March 9, 1996: A few weeks after celebrating his 100th birthday, cigar-loving comedian and Academy Award-winner George Burns passes away.

March 7, 1997: “King of all media” Howard Stern brings his life story to the big screen with the debut of the shock jock’s comedy Private Parts.

March 11, 1997: The ashes of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, who died in 1991, are launched into orbit around the Earth.

March 7, 1999: Stanley Kubrick, 70, iconoclastic director of Spartacus and 2001: A Space Odyssey, dies four months before the opening of his final film, Eyes Wide Shut.

March 7, 2007: Indie filmmaker Andy Sidaris, whose “B” (“Bombs, Bullets and Babes”) pictures made him a home video sensation, dies from cancer at 76.