On This Day

January 1968 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 ABC radio splits into 4 networks (Info, Entertainment, Contemp & FM)
  • Jan 1 WDCO TV channel 15 in Cochran, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 2 KBHK TV channel 44 in San Francisco, California (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 4 Leo Fender sells Fender Guitars for $13 million to CBS
  • Jan 7 "GE College Bowl" quiz show premieres on NBC TV
  • Jan 12 Nighttime version of "Hollywood Squares" premieres on NBC TV
  • Jan 15 KDCD TV channel 18 in Midland, TX (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 19 WKBF TV channel 61 in Cleveland, Ohio (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 22 "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" premieres on NBC

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jan 2 Cuba Gooding Jr, actor (Boyz N the Hood, Glaadiator, Few Good Men)
  • Jan 2 Evan Parke, Jamaican actor
  • Jan 3 Shannon Sturges, actress (Savannah)
  • Jan 5 Carl Evans, American actor (Guiding Light), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 6 John Singleton, American director and screenwriter (Boyz in the Hood), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2019)
  • Jan 8 Ami Dolenz, American actress (General Hospital, Can't Buy Me Love), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 9 Joey Lauren Adams, American actress, born in North Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Jan 11 Sharon Brown, American actress (Chantal-Generations), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestHeather Mills

Jan 12 Heather Mills, English model, activist and writer (Out on a Limb), born in Aldershot, Hampshire

Activist and Media Personality Heather Mills
Activist and Media Personality
Heather Mills
  • Jan 12 Rachael Harris, American actress, born in Worthington, Ohio
  • Jan 13 Chara [Miwa Watabiki], Japanese singer and actress (Swallowtail Butterfly), born in Kawaguchi, Saitama, Japan

Person of interestLL Cool J

Jan 14 LL Cool J [James Todd Smith], American rapper (Bigger and Deffer), born in Bay Shore, New York

Actor and Rapper LL Cool J
Actor and Rapper
LL Cool J
  • Jan 15 Chad Lowe, American actor (Spencer, Apprentice to Murder), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Jan 16 David Chokachi, American actor (Baywatch), born in Plymouth, Massachusetts
  • Jan 21 Charlotte Ross, actress (Eve-Days of Our Lives), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 22 Brian Jones, American sports radio and television host and former NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Jan 22 Frank LebÅ“uf, French actor, sports commentator and former footballer (1998 FIFA World Cup), born in Marseille, France
  • Jan 25 Heinrich "Haini" Wolfgramm, Polynesian-American actor & musician (The Jets), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jan 26 Ravi Teja, Indian film actor, born in Jaggampeta, India
  • Jan 29 Edward Burns, American actor, director, writer (Brothers McMullen, Saving Private Ryan), born in Queens, New York
  • Jan 29 Sora Jung, Korean actress, born in Seoul, South Korea

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 20 Actress Sharon Tate (24) weds actor and director Roman Polanski (34) in Chelsea, London

Actress and Murder Victim Sharon Tate
Actress and Murder Victim
Sharon Tate

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 5 Jean Murat, French actor (Eternal Rain, Carnival Flanders), dies at 79
  • Jan 10 Basil Sydney, British actor (Hamlet, Jassy, Simba, Farmer's Wife), dies of pleurisy at 73
  • Jan 10 Howard Smith, American actor (Kiss of Death, Call Northside 777), dies at 74
  • Jan 15 John Davidson, American actor (Dick Tracy vs Crime Inc, Charlie Chan-Chinese Cat), dies at 80
  • Jan 18 Bert Wheeler, American actor (Brave Eagle, The Nitwits, Hold 'em Jail, High Flyers, Rainmakers), dies at 72
  • Jan 18 John Ridgely, American actor (Northern Pursuit, They Died with Their Boots On, Air Force), dies from a heart ailment at 58
  • Jan 25 Virginia Maskell, actress (Only Two Can Play), dies at 31