Significant People in Entertainment Industry

  • Sep 9, 1550


    Introduction of outdoor entertainment including bowling, amusment rides, singing, and dancing.
  • P.T.Barnum

    Developed the Barnum and Bailey Circus promoting it as “The Greatest Show on Earth”, Earliest US millionaires, Had a New York newspaper run his obituary in advance so that he could read it himself, He passed away two weeks later.
  • Louis Armstrong

    Revolutionized jazz, put the soloist to the front of the band, emphasizing talent, played the cornet and trumpet, sang and led the band, wrote “Hello Dolly” and “What a Wonderful World”
  • Charlie Chaplin

    Slap-stick comedy, widely recognized movie stars, Character wore baggy pants tight coat large shoes on the wrong feet black derby hat, turned comedy into an art form.
  • recording of sound on motion picture film

  • First commercial radio stations with regularly scheduled broadcasts

  • RCA established NBC

  • Farnsworth transmits first television picture, recieves patent

  • CBS is founded

  • Stock market crashes closing nearly 3/4 of all amusment parks

  • First television sold

  • Televisions are in over 1 million homes

  • Color television is introduced

  • Lucille Ball

    Actor, musician, comedian, model, & producer, Emmy awards in 1952, 1955, 1967, 1968, one of televisions first leading ladies, helped to advance career of many Latino performers
  • Elvis Presley

    Sold over 1 billion record worldwide, 131 different albums/singles to achieve gold, platinum or multi-platinum status, revolutionized television performances, pioneered “rock and roll”, Actor: Blue Hawaii, Jailhouse Rock, and King Creole
  • Walt Disney

  • Disneyland opens

  • The Beatles

    Created first concept album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1970 the band split, 1980 Lennon murdered
  • Over 100 million television sets are in homes around the world

  • Six Flags opens in Texas

  • Steven Spielberg

    Director and producer, films include: MIB, ET, Jaws, and The Color Purple, commercial tie-in—Reese’s Pieces in E.T.
  • Magic Kingdom Opens

  • CNN is launched

  • Prince Charles and Diana are married on television

  • IBM personal computers are avaiable

  • MTV Debuts

  • First compact discs

  • Oprah Winfrey

    Baltimore Talk show, People Are Talking, Chicago Morning talk show, A.M. Chicago, 1986 launched the Oprah Winfrey Show, production company Harpo Productions, “Oprah Book Club”, 1999—Oxygen channel, Magazine: O: The Oprah Magazine