April 20, 1903: A judgment on appeal in Edison v. Lubin allows a film to be copyrighted in its entirety, rather than each individual frame.
April 24, 1913: With The Bangville Police, the Keystone Kops arrive on scene. Though they’ll last only a few years, they’ll become synonymous with Mack Sennett‘s studio.
April 18, 1937: British composer Sir Arthur Bliss’ score for Things to Come becomes the first soundtrack to be issued on records to the public in its entirety.
April 20, 1938: Roy Rogers‘ first starring western, Under Western Skies, is released by Republic Pictures.
April 18, 1956: Hollywood and European royalty merge when Academy Award-winner Grace Kelly weds Prince Rainier of Monaco.
April 23, 1971: Melvin Van Peebles‘ Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song opens and will go on to jump start the “blaxploitation” film movement.
April 23, 1992: Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray, responsible for the Apu trilogy and other classics, dies in Calcutta at age 70.