Events in Film & Television in 1961

  • Jan 21 KIFI TV channel 8 in Idaho Falls, ID (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 23 Supreme Court rules cities & states have right to censor films

Film release premierFilm Release

Jan 25 Walt Disney's animated film "101 Dalmatians", based on the novel by Dodie Smith and directed by Clyde Geronimi and Hamilton Luske is released in the US

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • Jan 27 "Sing Along with Mitch" [Miller] premieres on NBC TV
  • Jan 30 Bobby Darin is youngest performer to headline a TV special on NBC
  • Jan 30 KAET TV channel 8 in Phoenix, AZ (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 6 KOAP TV channel 10 in Portland, OR (PBS) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 7 Jane Fonda made her acting debut in the NBC drama "A String of Beads"

Actress Jane Fonda
Actress
Jane Fonda

Music releaseMusic Recording

Feb 13 Frank Sinatra launches Reprise label under Warner Bros Records

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 16 18th Golden Globes: Spartacus, Burt Lancaster, & Greer Garson win

  • Mar 29 KCPT TV channel 19 in Kansas City, MO (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 31 8th National Film Awards (India): "Anuradha" wins the Golden Lotus

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Apr 5 Barbra Streisand appears on "Jack Paar Show"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Apr 14 1st live television broadcast from Soviet Union

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Apr 17 33rd Academy Awards: "Apartment" wins best film, Burt Lancaster & Elizabeth Taylor win best actor, actress

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 17 Jimmy Stewart accepts an honorary Oscar on behalf of his friend Gary Cooper, who is too ill to attend

  • Apr 29 ABC's "Wide World of Sports" debuts
  • May 15 "Bonanza" by Al Caiola Orchestra hits #19
  • May 16 13th Emmy Awards: Jack Benny Show, Raymond Burr & Barbara Stanwyck win
  • May 18 14th Cannes Film Festival: "The Long Absence" directed by Henri Colpi and "Viridiana" directed by Luis Bunuel jointly awarded the Palme d'Or
  • Jun 11 "Winston Churchill" last airs on ABC-TV
  • Jun 18 CBS radio cancels Gunsmoke
  • Jun 18 KBMT TV channel 12 in Beaumont, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 1 KNDU TV channel 25 in Richland-Pasco-Kennew, WA (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Jul 5 KUSD TV channel 2 in Vermillion, SD (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 19 1st in-flight movie shown (TWA)
  • Jul 22 WBNB TV channel 10 in Charlotte Amaile, VI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 20 22nd Venice Film Festival: "Last Year at Marienbad" directed by Alain Resnais wins Golden Lion
  • Sep 4 Carol Burnette-Richard Hayes Show premieres on CBS radio
  • Sep 9 Maria Beale Fletcher (NC), 19, crowned 34th Miss America 1962
  • Sep 16 WLKY TV channel 32 in Louisville, KY (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 23 1st movie to become a TV series-How to Marry a Millionaire
  • Sep 25 KTPS TV channel 62 in Tacoma, WA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 28 "Doctor Kildare" debuts on NBC-TV

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Sep 28 "Hazel" starring Shirley Booth debuts on NBC-TV

Actress Shirley Booth
Actress
Shirley Booth
  • Sep 28 Walt Disney's movie "Grey Friars Bobby" premieres
  • Sep 29 "Detectives" TV Crime Drama; moves to NBC-TV
  • Oct 1 KGIN TV channel 11 in Grand Island, NB (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 1 WOLO TV channel 25 in Columbia, SC (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 1 WYAH TV channel 27 in Portsmouth, VA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 2 "Ben Casey" premieres on NBC-TV
  • Oct 2 WETA TV channel 26 in Washington, D.C. (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 2 WHRO TV channel 15 in Hampton-Norfolk, VA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 3 "Dick Van Dyke Show" premieres on CBS-TV
  • Oct 3 TV sitcom "Mr Ed" premieres on CBS
  • Oct 3 KMED (now KTVL) TV channel 10 in Medford, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 18 "West Side Story", directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, the film adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical, starring Natalie Wood, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1962)
  • Oct 21 Barbra Streisand opens in "Another Evening with Harry Stones"
  • Nov 13 WCBB TV channel 10 in Augusta, ME (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 20 WPLG TV channel 10 in Miami, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 22 Producers Albert Broccoli & Harry Saltzman announce expensive publicity campaign to make Sean Connery (James Bond) a star

  • Nov 27 KHAW TV channel 11 in Hilo, HI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 4 WXGA TV channel 8 in Waycross, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 13 "The Young Ones" directed by Sidney J. Furie, starring Cliff Richard, Robert Morley and Carole Gray premieres in London

  • Dec 18 KAIL TV channel 53 in Fresno, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 23 KICU TV channel 43 in Visalia-Fresno, CA (IND) begins broadcasting