On This Day

December 1968 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Dec 3 NBC Elvis comeback special airs
  • Dec 6 WKID (WSCV) TV channel 51 in Fort Lauderdale, FL (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Dec 9 KRNE TV channel 12 in Merriman, NB (PBS) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 9 Terence O'Neill, Northern Ireland Prime Minister, makes a television appeal for moderate opinion in what became known as the 'Ulster stands at the Crossroads' speech

Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill
Northern Ireland Prime Minister
Terence O'Neill
  • Dec 11 KECC (now KECY) TV channel 9 in El Centro, CA (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Dec 12 Rolling Stones film TV show "Rock 'n Roll Circus"-never aired
  • Dec 16 KFIZ TV channel 34 in Fond du Lac, WI begins broadcasting
  • Dec 19 WCWB (now WMGT) TV channel 41 in Macon, GA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 24 WATU (now WAGT) TV channel 26 in Augusta, GA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 28 KVOF (KUDO, now KWBB) TV channel 38 in San Francisco, California (IND) 1st broadcast

Music releaseMusic Recording

Dec 30 Frank Sinatra first records "My Way" with lyrics were written by Paul Anka and based on the French song "Comme d'habitude"

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Dec 1 Justin Chadwick, British actor and director
  • Dec 2 Rena Sofer, American actress (Rocky-Loving, Lois Cerullo-General Hospital), born in Arcadia, California
  • Dec 2 Lucy Liu, American actress (Ally McBeal), born in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York
  • Dec 3 Brendan Fraser, American actor (School Ties, 20 Bucks), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Dec 3 Kevin Telles, actor (Party Camp)
  • Dec 5 Lisa Marie [Sliwa], American actress (Mars Attack), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Dec 5 Margaret Cho, American actress and comedienne (Face/Off), born in San Francisco, California
  • Dec 8 Michael Cole, American professional wrestling commentator, born in Syracuse, New York
  • Dec 12 Kate Humble, English television presenter, born in Wimbledon, London
  • Dec 12 Rory Kennedy, American documentary filmmaker, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Dec 14 Noelle Beck, American actress (Trisha-Loving, Fletch Lives), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Dec 15 Garrett Wang, actor (Star Trek Voyager)
  • Dec 15 Javid Hussain, Indian film producer
  • Dec 16 Paul Scherrer, American actor (Children of Corn II, Free Spirit), born in Rochester, New York
  • Dec 18 Casper Van Dien, American actor (Starship Troopers), born in Milton, Florida
  • Dec 18 Craig "muMS" Grant, American poet and actor (Oz), born in New York City
  • Dec 20 Joe Cornish, British comedian, born in Westminster, United Kingdom
  • Dec 21 Khrystyne Haje, American actress (Simone-Head of the Class), born in Santa Clara, California
  • Dec 22 Lauralee "Bug" Bell, American actress (Cricket-Young & Restless), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 22 Dina Meyer, American film & television actress, born in Forest Hills, New York City
  • Dec 25 Helena Christensen, Danish model & photographer (Inferno), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Dec 26 Mideon [Dennis Knight], American professional wrestler, born in Clearwater, Florida
  • Dec 31 Gerry Dee, Canadian comedian & actor, born in Scarborough, Canada

Divorces in Film & TV

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Dec 18 Actor Peter Sellers (43) divorces actress Britt Ekland after 4 years of marriage

Actor and Comedian Peter Sellers
Actor and Comedian
Peter Sellers

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Dec 1 Hugo Haas, Czechoslovakian actor and director (Bait, Pick Up, 2 Smart People), dies of asthma at 66
  • Dec 5 Fred Clark, American actor (Zotz, Auntie Mame), dies of liver ailment at 54
  • Dec 10 Patsy Moran, actress (Children of the Wild), dies at 65
  • Dec 12 Tallulah Bankhead, American stage and film actress (Lifeboat, They Knew What They Wanted), dies of pneumonia at 65
  • Dec 18 Joan Tabor, American actress (Teenage Millionaire), dies at 36 after accidentally overdosing on influenza medication