Events in Film & Television in 1963

  • Jan 1 WTEV (now WLNE) TV channel 6 in Providence RI begins broadcasting
  • Jan 3 WOUB TV channel 20 in Athens, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 6 "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom" with Marlin Perkins begins on NBC
  • Jan 24 Buddy Rogers & Lou Thesz wrestle in Toronto, Rogers becomes WWF wrestling champ & Thesz becomes NWA champion

Film release premierFilm Premier

Feb 14 "81/2" a film directed by Federico Fellini premieres in Italy, starring Marcello Mastroianni.

Film director, Scriptwriter Federico Fellini
Film director, Scriptwriter
Federico Fellini

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 5 20th Golden Globes: Lawrence of Arabia, Gregory Peck, & Geraldine Page win

Soldier and Writer T. E. Lawrence
Soldier and Writer
T. E. Lawrence
Actor Gregory Peck
Actor
Gregory Peck
Actress Geraldine Page
Actress
Geraldine Page
  • Mar 15 WFAN TV channel 14 in Washington, D.C. (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 18 WGSF TV channel 31 in Newark, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 25 KWHY TV channel 22 in Los Angeles, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 29 Final episode of soap opera "Young Doctor Malone"
  • Apr 1 Soap operas "General Hospital" & "Doctors" premier on TV

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Apr 8 35th Academy Awards: "Lawrence of Arabia", Anne Bancroft & Gregory Peck win

Actor Gregory Peck
Actor
Gregory Peck
Actress Anne Bancroft
Actress
Anne Bancroft
Soldier and Writer T. E. Lawrence
Soldier and Writer
T. E. Lawrence
  • Apr 20 10th National Film Awards (India): "Dada Thakur" wins the Golden Lotus
  • May 7 Bruno Sammartino becomes WWF champ

Music awardsMusic Awards

May 15 5th Grammy Awards: I Left My Heart In San Francisco, Robert Goulet wins

American Singer and Actor Robert Goulet
American Singer and Actor
Robert Goulet
  • May 17 Bruno Sammartino beats Buddy Rogers in NY, to become WWF champ
  • May 23 NBC purchases 1963 AFL championship game TV rights for $926,000
  • May 23 16th Cannes Film Festival: "The Leopard" directed by Luchino Visconti wins the Palme d'Or

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

May 26 15th Emmy Awards: Dick Van Dyke Show, E G Marshall & Shirley Booth win

Actress Shirley Booth
Actress
Shirley Booth

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Jun 9 Barbra Streisand appears on "Ed Sullivan Show"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jun 12 "Cleopatra" directed by Joseph Mankiewicz and starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton premieres in NYC

  • Jun 24 1st demonstration of home video recorder, at BBC Studios, London
  • Jul 15 KAIT TV channel 8 in Jonesboro, AR (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 1 WQAD TV channel 8 in Moline, IL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 9 Britains rock TV show, Ready Steady Go, premieres
  • Aug 24 24th Venice Film Festival: "Hands Over the City" directed by Francesco Rosi wins Golden Lion
  • Sep 2 CBS & NBC expand network news from 15 to 30 minutes
  • Sep 7 WCTI TV channel 12 in New Bern, NC (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 12 WHYY TV channel 12 in Wilmington, DE (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 13 "Outer Limits" premieres on ABC TV
  • Sep 15 WNTV TV channel 29 in Greenville, SC (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 16 "Outer Limits" premieres on ABC-TV
  • Sep 16 WVAN TV channel 9 in Savannah, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 17 "The Fugitive" starring David Janssen premieres on ABC TV
  • Sep 23 WMEB TV channel 12 in Orono, ME (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 28 "King Leonardo" cartoon last airs on NBC-TV
  • Sep 28 "New Phil Silvers Show" debuts on CBS-TV
  • Sep 28 "Shari Lewis Show" last airs on NBC-TV
  • Sep 28 "Tennessee Tuxedo" cartoon debuts on CBS-TV

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Sep 29 "Judy Garland Show" debuts on CBS-TV

Actress Judy Garland
Actress
Judy Garland
  • Sep 29 "My Favorite Martian" starring Ray Walston, debuts on CBS-TV
  • Sep 29 "Tom Jones" film based on the novel by Henry Fielding, directed by Tony Richardson, starring Albert Finney and Susannah York premieres at the Venice Film festival (Best Picture 1964)
  • Oct 6 Barbra Streisand appears on "Judy Garland Show"

Film release premierFilm Premier

Oct 10 "From Russia With Love" 2nd James Bond film based on a novel by Ian Fleming, starring Sean Connery and Daniela Bianchi, premieres in London

  • Oct 14 WGHP TV channel 8 in Greensboro-High Point, NC (ABC) begins
  • Oct 20 WITV TV channel 7 in Charleston, SC (PBS) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 7 Carole Joan Crawford, 20, wins Miss World

Actress Joan Crawford
Actress
Joan Crawford
  • Nov 28 WHNT TV channel 19 in Huntsville, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 30 "Let's Make A Deal," debuts on NBC-TV
  • Dec 31 Dear Abby show premieres on CBS radio (runs 11 years)