On This Day

January 1949 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 KPRC TV channel 2 in Houston, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1 KTTV TV channel 11 in Los Angeles, CA (MET) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 2 KDKA TV channel 2 in Pittsburgh, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 3 "Colgate Theater" dramatic anthology series premieres on NBC TV
  • Jan 10 1st Jewish family show "Goldbergs" premieres on CBS

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

Jan 12 "Arthur Godfrey & his Friends" premieres on CBS TV

Radio and TV Host Arthur Godfrey
Radio and TV Host
Arthur Godfrey
  • Jan 16 KNBH (now KNBC) TV channel 4 in Los Angeles, CA (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Jan 16 WTOP (now WUSA) TV channel 9 in Washington, D.C. (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Jan 17 Radio series "The Goldbergs" by Gertrude Berg premieres on US TV on CBS
  • Jan 18 "They Stand Accused" courtroom drama premieres on CBS (later DuMont)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 20 J. Edgar Hoover gives Shirley Temple a tear gas fountain pen

First Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover
First Director of the FBI
J. Edgar Hoover
Actress and Diplomat Shirley Temple
Actress and Diplomat
Shirley Temple
  • Jan 20 1st inaugural parade televised, for Harry Truman, watched by 10 million people
  • Jan 25 1st Emmy Awards: Shirley Dinsdale & Pantomime Quiz (KTLA) win
  • Jan 26 WHIO TV channel 7 in Dayton, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 31 1st daytime soap on TV "These Are My Children" (NBC in Chicago)

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jan 2 Christopher Durang, playwright/actor (Sister Mary), born in Montclair, New Jersey
  • Jan 7 Anne Schedeen, American actress, born in Portland, Oregon
  • Jan 10 Teresa Graves, American actress (Laugh-in, Get Christie Love), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jan 12 Wayne Wang, American film director (Chan is Missing, Slamdance), born in Hong Kong
  • Jan 13 Brandon Tartikoff, TV exec (NBC)
  • Jan 14 Christine Belford, American actress (Banacek, Empire, 90210), born in Amityville, New York
  • Jan 14 Lawrence Kasdan, American screenwriter & director (Accidental Tourist), born in Miami, Florida
  • Jan 14 Paul Chubb, Australian actor, born in Arncliffe, Australia (d. 2002)
  • Jan 15 Panos Mihalopoulos, Greek actor, born in Kalamata, Greece
  • Jan 16 Caroline Munro, English actress & model (The Spy Who Loved Me, Maniac), born in Windsor, Berkshire
  • Jan 17 Andy Kaufman, American comedian & actor (Latka Gravas-Taxi), born in New York City, New York (d. 1984)
  • Jan 17 Debbie Watson, American actress (Karen, Tammy), born in La Mirada California,
  • Jan 24 John Belushi, American comedian & actor (SNL: Animal House: Blues Brothers), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1982)
  • Jan 26 Paul Nurse, English geneticist (Imperial Cancer Research Fund), born in Norwich, United Kingdom
  • Jan 26 David Strathairn, American actor (LA Confidential, The Bourne Ultimatum), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jan 31 Carol Hawkins, English actress (Dialing for Dingbats), born in Chipping Barnet, United Kingdom

Deaths in Film & TV


Person of interestVictor Fleming

Jan 6 Victor Fleming, American film director (The Wizard of Oz, Gone With Wind), dies at 65

Director Victor Fleming
Director
Victor Fleming
  • Jan 31 Henri de Vries [Hendricus Van Walterop], Dutch actor (Cleopatra, White Cargo), dies at 84