On This Day

January 1958 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 WMBD TV channel 31 in Peoria, IL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 6 WIPR TV channel 6 in San Juan, PR (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 15 New York Yankees announce that 140 MLB games to be televised on WPIX TV this season in a deal worth over $1 million dollars
  • Jan 20 KUED TV channel 7 in Salt Lake City, UT (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 21 KMOT TV channel 10 in Minot, ND (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 22 KRSD (now KEVN) TV channel 7 in Rapid City, SD (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Jan 26 Jack Smith takes over from Art Baker as TV host of "You Asked for It"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 31 "Jackpot Bowling" premieres on NBC with Leo Durocher as host

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 Ren Woods, actress (Fanta-Roots), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Jan 3 Shim Hyung-rae, South Korean filmmaker
  • Jan 4 Matt Frewer, actor (Max Headroom, Doctor Doctor), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 4 Julian Sands, English actor (A Room with a View, Arachnophobia), born in Otley, Yorkshire, England
  • Jan 4 Andy Borowitz, American comedian and satirist
  • Jan 4 Gary Jones, Welsh-born actor
  • Jan 6 Themos Anastasiadis, Greek journalist, television presenter and newspaper editor
  • Jan 6 Scott Bryce, American actor ( As the World Turns), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 8 Rey Misterio Sr., Mexican wrestler, born in Tijuana, Mexico
  • Jan 20 Lorenzo Lamas, American actor (Lance-Falcon Crest, California Fever), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 21 Miguel Alejandro, American actor (Popi), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 24 Jools Holland, British musician & TV presenter, born in Blackheath, London
  • Jan 25 Dinah Manoff, American actress (Elaine-Soap, Carol Weston-Empty Nest), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestEllen DeGeneres

Jan 26 Ellen DeGeneres, American comedian (Ellen Morgan-Ellen), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

Comedian and TV Star Ellen DeGeneres
Comedian and TV Star
Ellen DeGeneres
  • Jan 29 Judy Norton-Taylor, American actress (Mary Ellen - The Waltons), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Jan 30 Brett Butler, American comedian (Grace-Grace Under Fire), born in Montgomery, Alabama

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 29 Academy Award-winning actor Paul Newman (33) weds "The Three Faces of Eve" actress Joanne Woodward (27) at the El Rancho hotel-casino in Las Vegas

Actor & Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor & Entrepreneur
Paul Newman
Actress Joanne Woodward
Actress
Joanne Woodward

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 13 Edna Purviance, American actress (Charlie Chaplin, Sunnyside), dies at 61
  • Jan 13 Jesse L. Lasky, U.S. film producer (b. 1880)