Events in Film & Television in 1966

  • Jan 4 WFLD TV channel 32 in Chicago, IL (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 8 Who & the Kinks perform on the last "Shindig" TV show on ABC
  • Jan 11 "Daktari" African adventure series premieres on CBS TV

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Jan 12 "Batman", starring Adam West as Batman, Burt Ward as Robin, and Cesar Romero as The Joker, debuts on ABC

  • Jan 24 WDIO TV channel 10 in Duluth, MN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 25 WCMC (now WMGM) TV channel 40 in Wildwood, NJ (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Feb 5 BBC opens a relay radio station on Ascension Island
  • Feb 7 KWCM TV channel 10 in Appleton, MN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 26 KBIM TV channel 10 in Roswell, NM (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 28 23rd Golden Globes: Doctor Zhivago, Omar Sharif, & Samantha Eggar win
  • Mar 3 WRFT (now WVFT) TV channel 27 in Roanoke, VA (IND) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 30 Barbra Streisand stars on "Color Me Barbra" special on CBS

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Apr 2 WJET TV channel 24 in Erie, PA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 5 WTVX TV channel 34 in Ft Pierce-Vero Beach, FL (IND) 1st broadcast

Music releaseMusic Recording

Apr 11 Frank Sinatra records "Strangers in the Night" single for his album of the same name. Later reaches #1 Billboard charts

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • Apr 15 KHET TV channel 11 in Honolulu, HI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 20 WDCA TV channel 20 in Washington, D.C. (IND) begins broadcasting

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Apr 28 38th Academy Awards: "The Sound of Music", Julie Christie & Lee Marvin win

Actor Lee Marvin
Actor
Lee Marvin
  • May 3 WDHO (now WNWO) TV channel 24 in Toledo, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • May 17 KFDO (now KVIJ) TV channel 8 in Sayre, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • May 20 19th Cannes Film Festival: "A Man and a Woman" directed by Claude Lelouch and "The Birds, the Bees and the Italians" directed by Pietro Germi jointly awarded the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

May 22 18th Emmy Awards: The Fugitive, Dick Van Dyke & Mary Tyler Moore win

  • Jun 4 "Batman & His Grandmother" by Dickie Goodman hits #70
  • Jun 16 Rowan & Martin host The Dean Martin Show, Summer Series, on NBC-TV
  • Jun 27 1st sci-fi soap opera, "Dark Shadows," premieres on ABC-TV
  • Jun 29 KBSC (now KVEA) TV channel 52 in Corona-Los Angeles, CA begins
  • Jul 1 The first color television transmission in Canada takes place from Toronto.
  • Jul 26 WRLH TV channel 31 in Lebanon, NH (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 28 27th Venice Film Festival: "The Battle of Algiers" directed by Gillo Pontecorvo wins Golden Lion
  • Sep 1 KIFW (now KTNL) TV channel 13 in Sitka, AK (CBS) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 5 Jerry Lewis' 1st Muscular Dystrophy Labor Day telethon raises $1 million

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • Sep 5 WRLK TV channel 35 in Columbia, SC (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 7 KTNE TV channel 13 in Alliance, NB (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 8 "Star Trek" premieres on NBC-TV
  • Sep 8 "That Girl" starring Marlo Thomas premieres on ABC-TV
  • Sep 12 "Monkees" premieres on NBC-TV
  • Sep 12 KPNE TV channel 9 in North Platte, NB (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 12 WCES TV channel 20 in Wrens, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 12 WUSF TV channel 16 in Tampa-St Petersburg, FL (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • Sep 22 KMEB TV channel 10 in Wailuku, HI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 1 WAEO (now WJFW) TV channel 12 in Rhinelander, WI (NBC) begins
  • Nov 2 KHSD TV channel 11 in Lead, SD (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 6 1st entire lineup televised in color (NBC)

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Nov 8 Movie actor Ronald Reagan elected Governor of California

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

Film release premierFilm Release

Nov 24 The cult classic "One Million Years B.C.", starring Raquel Welch, is released 1st in West Germany

Actress Raquel Welch
Actress
Raquel Welch
  • Dec 4 KETS TV channel 2 in Little Rock, AR (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 12 "A Man for All Seasons" based on the play by Robert Bolt, directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Paul Scofield premieres in New York (Best Picture 1967)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 18 Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" airs for 1st time on CBS

Children's Author Dr. Seuss
Children's Author
Dr. Seuss
  • Dec 22 WCVW TV channel 57 in Richmond, VA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 23 Britain's rock TV show "Ready Steady Go" last program