October 12, 1940: Famed screen cowboy Tom Mix, 60, is killed in an automobile accident while driving through Arizona.
October 11, 1955: The landmark musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Oklahoma!, filmed in both a CinemaScope and a Todd-AO version, is released.
October 12, 1958: At the Brussels World’s Fair, an international panel of 117 cinema historians votes The Battleship Potemkin the best film of all time.
October 7, 1963: With an assortment of cinematic tricks, including freeze frames and sped-up film, director Tony Richardson fashions a comedic triumph in Tom Jones.
October 12, 1978: Rival Chicago film critics Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel take their local show nationwide with the debut of Sneak Previews on PBS.
October 10, 1985: “Boy Wonder” actor/writer/director Orson Welles dies of a heart attack at 70.
October 12, 1994: Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg announce the formation of Dreamworks SKG, the first major studio in over 50 years.