May 5, 1903: The film world first mines the riches of the literary world with Edwin S. Porter‘s version of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
May 4, 1934: With a show-stopping performance of “Baby Take a Bow” in Fox’s Stand Up and Cheer, 4-year-old Shirley Temple is attracting a lot of attention.
May 5, 1934: The Three Stooges star in their first Columbia short, Woman Haters, billed behind Marjorie White. “Hey, what’s the big idea?!”
April 30, 1938: An early rendition of what is to become the character of Bugs Bunny first appears in Warner Bros.’ Porky’s Hare Hunt.
May 1, 1941: Denied a playdate at Radio City Music Hall, Orson Welles‘ much-talked-about Citizen Kane opens at the RKO Palace in New York City.
April 29, 1944: The 221st and final Our Gang comedy short, Dancing Romeo, is released by MGM. Television will reignite interest in the years to come.
May 1, 1945: Radio City Music Hall officials deem newsreel footage of the liberation of German concentration camps “too gruesome” for exhibition.
May 5, 1968: Actor Albert Dekker, 62, is found hanged in his bathroom, bound, handcuffed, clad in lingerie, and with obscenities scrawled on his body in lipstick.
May 4, 1975: Moe Howard, sole survivor of the original Three Stooges, dies at the age of 78.
April 29, 1980: Master of screen suspense Alfred Hitchcock dies at the age of 80, three months after being knighted by the British monarchy.