April 1, 1923: Moviegoers are thrilled by the death-defying, high-rise antics of comedian Harold Lloyd in Safety Last.
April 7, 1927: Upon the centenary of the military leader’s death, director Abel Gance releases an epic achievement, the landmark Napoleon.
April 2, 1936: Selznick International Pictures releases their first production, an adaptation of Little Lord Fauntleroy starring Freddie Bartholomew.
April 1, 1949: England’s Ealing studio releases the first of its acclaimed, whimsical comedies, Passport to Pimlico, starring Margaret Rutherford.
April 4, 1958: Cheryl Crane, 14-year-old daughter of Lana Turner, fatally stabs her mother’s lover, tough guy gangster Johnny Stompanato, in self-defense.
April 7, 1960: Respected British director Michael Powell comes under fire for his latest, Peeping Tom, a psychological drama about a deranged killer.
April 2, 1968: Director Stanley Kubrick‘s senses-shattering sci-fi epic, 2001: A Space Odyssey, debuts. Though a stunning achievement, acclaim is not widespread.
April 7, 1970: John Wayne receives his first and only Academy Award for his role as feisty gunfighter Rooster Cogburn in True Grit.
April 3, 1972: The Film Society of Lincoln Center honors Charles Chaplin, marking the first time the star has stepped onto American soil in 20 years.
April 2, 1974: A streaker interrupts David Niven at the Oscars, who quips, “…the only laugh that man will probably get is for…showing off his shortcomings.”
April 1, 1976: A failed Fox musical called The Rocky Horror Picture Show is given new life at a midnight showing at the Waverly Theater in Greenwich Village.