Events in Film & Television in 1959

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Jan 9 "Rawhide" with Clint Eastwood premieres on CBS TV

Actor and Director Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director
Clint Eastwood
  • Jan 12 KOED TV channel 11 in Tulsa, OK (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 24 Dmitri Shostakovitch's comedy "Cheryomushk" premieres in Moscow
  • Jan 24 WHCT TV channel 18 in Hartford, CT (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 26 KOKH TV channel 25 in Oklahoma City, OK (IND/PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 1 WVUE TV channel 8 in New Orleans, LA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 23 KVIE TV channel 6 in Sacramento-Stockton, CA (PBS) begins broadcasting

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Mar 5 16th Golden Globes: The Defiant Ones, David Niven, & Susan Hayward win

  • Mar 6 11th Emmy Awards: Playhouse 90, Jack Benny Show, Raymond Burr win
  • Mar 8 KUAT TV channel 6 in Tucson, AZ (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 15 WILX TV channel 10 in Lansing, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Release

Mar 29 "Some Like It Hot", starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon, is released

  • Mar 30 WNED TV channel 17 in Buffalo, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 6 31st Academy Awards: "Gigi", Susan Hayward & David Niven win
  • Apr 14 KDIN TV channel 11 in Des Moines, IA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 24 WICD TV channel 15 in Champaign, IL (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 28 KLOE TV channel 10 in Goodland, KS (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 28 KPLR TV channel 11 in Saint Louis, MO (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 28 6th National Film Awards (India): "Sagar Sangamey" wins the Golden Lotus
  • May 13 Kraft Music Hall with Milton Berle last airs on NBC-TV
  • May 15 12th Cannes Film Festival: "Black Orpheus" directed by Marcel Camus wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 16 WTOM TV channel 4 in Cheboygan, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 13 "Sammy Kaye Show" last airs on ABC-TV
  • Jun 18 New York City premiere of the film version of Kathryn Hulme's "The Nun's Story"
  • Jul 1 WVTV TV channel 18 in Milwaukee, WI (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 2 "Plan 9 From Outer Space", one of the worse films ever, premieres
  • Jul 6 WENH TV channel 11 in Durham, NH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 12 NBC uses cameras to show catchers signals during Yankee-Red Sox game

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Jul 17 "North by Northwest" directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint premieres in Los Angeles

  • Jul 18 Los Angeles premiere of the film version of Kathryn Hulme's "The Nun's Story"
  • Aug 1 WAAY TV channel 31 in Huntsville, AL (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 23 20th Venice Film Festival: "The Great War" directed by Mario Monicelli and "General della Rovere" directed by Roberto Rossellini jointly awarded Golden Lion
  • Sep 12 "Bonanza" premieres on NBC-TV
  • Sep 14 WQEX TV channel 16 in Pittsburgh, PA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 28 "Hennesey" debuts on CBS-TV
  • Sep 29 "Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis" debuts on CBS-TV
  • Sep 29 "Philip Marlowe" debuts on ABC-TV
  • Oct 2 Rod Serling's "Twilight Zone" premieres on CBS-TV

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Oct 7 "Pillow Talk" film directed by Michael Gordon and starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson is first released

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day
  • Oct 11 KTHI TV channel 11 in Fargo-Grand Forks, ND (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 14 WMUB (now WPTO) TV channel 14 in Oxford, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 15 KNDO TV channel 23 in Yakima, WA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 20 WABG TV channel 6 in Greenwood-Greenville, MS (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Nov 8 KJTV (now KGET) TV channel 17 in Bakersfield, CA (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Nov 10 Corinne Rottschaeffer of the Netherlands elected Miss World

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Nov 18 "Ben-Hur" directed by William Wyler and starring Charlton Heston premieres in New York City (Best Picture 1960)

  • Nov 19 "Rocky & His Friends" debuts on ABC
  • Nov 20 WABC fires Alan Freed over payola scandal
  • Nov 28 KOMC (now KSNK) TV channel 8 in McCook - Oberlin, NB (NBC) begins