Events in Film & TV on January 1

  • 1944 1st feature-length foreign movie, African Journey, shown on TV, NYC
  • 1947 WTTG TV channel 5 in Washington, D.C. (MET) begins broadcasting
  • 1949 KPRC TV channel 2 in Houston, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949 KTTV TV channel 11 in Los Angeles, CA (MET) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 WBRE TV channel 28 in Wilkes-Barre Scranton, PA (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 1953 The first TV detector van, used to track down users of unlicensed television sets, begins operation in the UK
  • 1954 KSLA TV channel 12 in Shreveport, LA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 WWTV TV channel 9 in Cadillac-Traverse City, MI (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1955 WEAT (now WPEC) TV channel 12 in West Palm Beach, FL (CBS) begins
  • 1956 KHAS TV channel 5 in Hastings, NB (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1956 KOSA TV channel 7 in Odessa, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1956 WREC (now WREG) TV channel 3 in Memphis, Tennessee (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1958 WMBD TV channel 31 in Peoria, IL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1963 WTEV (now WLNE) TV channel 6 in Providence RI begins broadcasting
  • 1964 KNMT TV channel 12 in Walker, MN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1964 KTVS TV channel 3 in Sterling, CO (CBS) begins broadcasting

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1965 American actor George Murphy begins his term as Senator of California

Actor and Senator George Murphy
Actor and Senator
George Murphy
  • 1967 WABW TV channel 14 in Pelham, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 ABC radio splits into 4 networks (Info, Entertainment, Contemp & FM)
  • 1968 WDCO TV channel 15 in Cochran, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1972 KDSD TV channel 16 in Aberdeen, SD (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1974 NBC radio begins on the hour news 24 hours a day (following CBS lead)
  • 1976 NBC replaces the peacock logo

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1986 Barbra Streisand & Jon Peters relationship breaks up

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

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1994 Howard Stern's New Year's Eve Beauty Pageant

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern