Events in Film & Television in 1956

  • Jan 1 KHAS TV channel 5 in Hastings, NB (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1 KOSA TV channel 7 in Odessa, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1 WREC (now WREG) TV channel 3 in Memphis, TN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 6 KGNS TV channel 8 in Laredo, TX (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 15 KWAB TV channel 4 in Big Spring, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 21 "Comedy in Music (Victor Borge)" closes at Golden NYC after 849 performances
  • Jan 30 KRMA TV channel 6 in Denver, CO (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 30 KTXS TV channel 12 in Sweetwater-Abilene, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 1 WSAV TV channel 3 in Savannah, GA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 9 KHPL (now KWNB) TV channel 6 in Hayes Center, NB (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Feb 10 "My Friend Flicka" premieres on CBS (later NBC) TV
  • Feb 20 WOSU TV channel 34 in Columbus, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Feb 23 13th Golden Globes: East of Eden, Ernest Borgnine, & Anna Magnani win

  • Mar 14 Ampex Corp demonstrates 1st commercial videotape recorder
  • Mar 17 8th Emmy Awards: Ed Sullivan Show, Phil Silvers Show & Lucy Ball win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 21 28th Academy Awards: "Marty", Anna Magnani & Ernest Borgnine win

  • Apr 1 KPIC TV channel 4 in Roseburg, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 2 Soap operas "As the World Turns" & "Edge of Night" premiere on TV
  • Apr 10 Philips broadcasts 1st Dutch color TV programs
  • Apr 13 KETA TV channel 13 in Oklahoma City, OK (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 29 WLUC TV channel 6 in Marquette, MI (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 29 WSPA TV channel 7 in G'ville-Spartanburg, SC (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 29 WWBT TV channel 12 in Richmond, VA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • May 6 WRCB TV channel 3 in Chattanooga, TN (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • May 10 KFSN TV channel 30 in Fresno, CA (ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 10 9th Cannes Film Festival: "The Silent World" directed by Jacques Cousteau and Louis Malle wins the Palme d'Or

Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist Jacques Cousteau
Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist
Jacques Cousteau
  • May 11 Pinky Lee Show last airs on NBC-TV
  • May 21 WITI TV channel 6 in Milwaukee, WI (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 22 "Bob Hope Show" last airs on NBC-TV

Entertainer Bob Hope
Entertainer
Bob Hope
  • May 22 KRIS TV channel 6 in Corpus Christi, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • May 29 WESH TV channel 2 in Daytona Beach-Orlando, FL (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Jun 3 KGUN TV channel 9 in Tucson, AZ (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 5 "Milton Berle Show" last airs on NBC-TV
  • Jun 8 WDAM TV channel 7 in Laurel-Hattiesburg, MS (NBC) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 19 Jerry Lewis & Dean Martin end partnership after 16 films

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • Jun 23 "Jimmy Durante Show" last airs on NBC-TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 24 "Steve Allen Show" returns on NBC-TV

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen
  • Jun 24 WISC TV channel 3 in Madison, WI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 25 WKNO TV channel 10 in Memphis, TN (PBS) begins broadcasting

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Jul 1 Elvis Presley wearing a tuxedo appears on Steve Allen Show

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen
  • Jul 13 WCBI TV channel 4 in Columbus, MS (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 29 WCKT (now WSVN) TV channel 7 in Miami, FL (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 1 KRCR TV channel 7 in Redding-Chico, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 5 KUAM TV channel 8 in Agana, GU (CBS/ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 5 WCYB TV channel 5 in Bristol-Kingsport, VA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 6 After going bankrupt in 1955, the American broadcaster DuMont Television Network makes its final broadcast, a boxing match from St. Nicholas Arena.
  • Aug 8 WDIQ (now KMCT) TV channel 2 in Dozier, AL (PBS) begins
  • Aug 12 KOTI TV channel 2 in Klamath Falls, OR (NBC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 13 WBIR TV channel 10 in Knoxville, TN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 21 WTVW TV channel 7 in Evansville, IN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 26 KREY TV channel 10 in Montrose, CO (CBS/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 28 17th Venice Film Festival opens. No Golden Lion awarded
  • Sep 1 KELP (now KCOS) TV channel 13 in El Paso, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 10 WSYE (now WETM) TV channel 18 in Elmira-Corning, NY (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Sep 17 Television is first broadcast in Australia.
  • Sep 28 "Johnny Carson Show" TV Variety last airs on CBS-TV
  • Sep 29 "Oh! Susanna" debuts on CBS-TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 5 "The Ten Commandments", directed by Cecil B. DeMille, starring Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner opens in the US

Filmmaker and Director Cecil B. DeMille
Filmmaker and Director
Cecil B. DeMille
Actor Charlton Heston
Actor
Charlton Heston
Actor Yul Brynner
Actor
Yul Brynner
  • Oct 13 WAGM TV channel 8 in Presque Isle, ME (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins

Film release premierFilm Premier

Oct 17 "Around the World in 80 Days", based on the book by Jules Verne, directed by Michael Anderson and starring David Nivon and Cantinflas premieres in New York

Novelist Jules Verne
Novelist
Jules Verne
  • Oct 23 First video recording on magnetic tape televised coast-to-coast
  • Oct 29 Chet Huntley & David Brinkley, NBC News, team up
  • Nov 3 "Wizard of Oz" 1st televised (CBS-TV)

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Nov 5 The Nat King Cole Show debuts on NBC, the first variety program to be hosted by an African-American

Musician Nat King Cole
Musician
Nat King Cole
  • Nov 26 "The Price Is Right" debuts on NBC
  • Dec 3 KFSA (now KFSM) TV channel 5 in Ft Smith, AR (CBS) 1st broadcast

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 13 "Anastasia" comeback film for Ingrid Bergman is released in the US, role wins Bergman Academy Award for Best Actress.

  • Dec 15 KGW TV channel 8 in Portland, OR (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 15 WRAL TV channel 5 in Raleigh-Durham, NC (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 18 "To Tell the Truth" debuts on CBS-TV
  • Dec 18 Phil Rizzuto signs as NY Yankee radio-TV announcer
  • Dec 28 Miss Frances [Horwich], last Ding Dong School on NBC-TV