May 15, 1900: The Lumiere brothers dazzle audiences at the Paris World’s Fair with films projected onto an enormous 82′ x 49′ wide screen.
May 17, 1912: Carl Laemmle oversees the merger of a number of independent production companies to form Universal Manufacturing Company.
May 18, 1912: The first feature film from what would go on to be a burgeoning cinema industry in India, Pundalik, opens in Bombay.
May 16, 1929: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences holds the first Academy Awards ceremony at Hollywood’s Roosevelt Hotel.
May 15, 1948: A U.S. Supreme Court ruling against “monopolistic practices” will, over the next two years, force studios to divest themselves of their theaters.
May 13, 1961: Screen star Gary Cooper, 60, in films from 1925’s The Vanishing American until this year’s The Naked Edge, dies of cancer.
May 16, 1990: Muppet creator and family entertainment guru Jim Henson, 53, and actor-singer-dancer Sammy Davis, Jr., 64, die.
May 14, 1998: “The Voice” is finally silenced, as legendary singer and Oscar-winning actor Frank Sinatra faces the final curtain at age 82.