Events in Film & Television in 1971

  • Jan 12 "All in the Family" premieres on CBS featuring 1st toilet flush on TV
  • Jan 18 Ivan Koloff beats Bruno Sammartino in New York, to become WWF champ
  • Jan 21 "Alias Smith & Jones" premieres on ABC TV
  • Jan 25 WHMB TV channel 40 in Indianapolis, IN (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 3 KTSC TV channel 8 in Pueblo-Colorado Spgs, CO (PBS) 1st broadcast

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Feb 5 28th Golden Globes: "Love Story", George C. Scott, & Ali MacGraw win

  • Feb 8 Pedro Morales beats Ivan Koloff in NY, to become WWF wrestling champ
  • Feb 9 Probably 1st gay theme TV episode - All in the Family
  • Feb 9 5 men are killed near a BBC transmitter on Brougher Mountain, County Tyrone, in a landmine attack carried out by the Irish Republican Army
  • Feb 14 Movie "Ben Hur" 1st shown on television
  • Feb 28 WDRB TV channel 41 in Louisville, Kentucky (IND) begins broadcasting

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Mar 14 Barbra Streisand appears on "The Burt Bacharach Special" on CBS TV

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Mar 16 KDCD TV channel 18 in Midland, TX (IND) suspends broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 16 Muddy Waters wins his first Grammy Award

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters
  • Mar 21 WCPB TV channel 28 in Salisbury, MD (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 26 "Cannon" with William Conrad premieres on CBS-TV
  • Mar 29 WSVN (now WSBN) TV channel 47 in Norton, VA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 2 Dark Shadows, American Gothic soap opera, concludes an almost 5 year run
  • Apr 5 WNJT TV channel 52 in Trenton, NJ (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 7 WCJB TV channel 20 in Gainesville, FL (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting 3-judge US Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Apr 11 WBFF TV channel 45 in Baltimore, MD (IND) begins broadcasting

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Apr 15 43rd Academy Awards: "Patton", George C Scott & Glenda Jackson win

  • Apr 19 Charles Manson sentenced to life (Sharon Tate murder)
  • Apr 20 Barbra Streisand records "We've Only Just Begun"
  • May 9 23rd Emmy Awards: All in the Family, Jack Klugman & Jean Stapleton win
  • May 27 24th Cannes Film Festival: "The Go-Between" directed by Joseph Losey wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • May 31 WDXR (now WKPD) TV channel 29 in Paducah, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 1 Ed Sullivan's final TV show on CBS
  • Jun 6 "Ed Sullivan Show" last broadcasts on CBS-TV
  • Jun 6 WHAE (now WGNX) TV channel 46 in Atlanta, GA (CBN) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 23 WTVP TV channel 47 in Peoria, IL (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Release

Jun 24 "McCabe and Mrs Miller" film by Robert Altman, starring Warren Beatty and Julie Christie with songs by Leonard Cohen is released

Actress Julie Christie
Actress
Julie Christie
Singer-songwriter and writer Leonard Cohen
Singer-songwriter and writer
Leonard Cohen
  • Jul 24 WUHQ TV channel 41 in Battle Creek, MI (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 28 Dutch ends censorship of "Blue Movie"
  • Aug 1 CBS presents Masterpiece Theatre's 6 Wives of Henry VIII
  • Aug 5 WNPE TV channel 16 in Watertown, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 6 3rd San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Muir College, University of California
  • Aug 15 KVRL (now KRIV) TV ch 26 in Houston, Texas (Fox) begins
  • Aug 23 WGTU TV channel 29 in Traverse City, MI (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 25 32nd Venice Film Festival opens
  • Aug 30 WNPI TV channel 18 in Norwood, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 6 Jerry Lewis' 6th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $8,125,387

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Sep 9 John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear on Dick Cavett Show (ABC-TV)

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Sep 10 KVUE TV channel 24 in Austin, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 11 Laurel Lea Schaefer (Ohio), 22, crowned 44th Miss America 1972
  • Sep 13 WIIQ TV channel 41 in Demopolis, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 15 1st broadcast of "Columbo" on NBC-TV
  • Sep 26 WGBY TV channel 57 in Springfield, MA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 29 "McMillan & Wife" debuts on NBC-TV
  • Oct 4 KMPH TV channel 26 in Visalia-Fresno, CA (IND) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Premier

Oct 7 "The French Connection" directed by William Friedkin and starring Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider and Fernando Rey premieres in the US (Academy Awards Best Picture 1972)

  • Oct 13 WTZH TV channel 24 in Meridian, MS (CBS) suspends broadcasting
  • Oct 23 WXLT (now WWSB) TV channel 40 in Sarasota-Bradenton, FL (ABC) begins
  • Nov 30 TV movie "Brian's Song" airs for 1st time on ABC-TV
  • Dec 5 KCBJ (now KMIZ) TV channel 17 in Columbia, MO (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Dec 14 U.S. premiere of "Nicholas and Alexandra", film adaptation of Robert K. Massie's best selling novel
  • Dec 17 "Diamonds are Forever", 7th James Bond film, last starring Sean Conner, also starring Jill St. John is 1st released in West Germany
  • Dec 18 CBS radio cancels Saturday morning band concerts
  • Dec 19 CBS airs "Homecoming A Christmas Story," (introducing the Waltons)

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 19 Stanley Kubrick's X-rated film "A Clockwork Orange" based on the book by Anthony Burgess and starring Malcolm McDowell premieres

Film Director Stanley Kubrick
Film Director
Stanley Kubrick
Novelist Anthony Burgess
Novelist
Anthony Burgess
  • Dec 22 KUAC TV channel 9 in Fairbanks/College, AK (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 31 KAID TV channel 4 in Boise, ID (PBS) begins broadcasting