Events in Film & Television in 1958

  • 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"

Television Premiere

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

  • Feb 1 WFTV TV channel 9 in Orlando, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 2 WRIK (now WLUZ) TV channel 7 in Ponce, PR (PTC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 8 KIRO TV channel 7 in Seattle, WA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 11 BBC pioneering series "Your Life in Their Hands" first broadcast presented by Dr. Charles Fletcher, 1st major TV series to deal with medicine
  • Feb 11 WTVC TV channel 9 in Chattanooga, TN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 17 WETV (now WPBA) TV channel 30 in Atlanta, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film Premiere

Feb 20 Adaptation of Fyodor Dostoevsky's "The Brothers Karamazov", starring Yul Brynner and featuring William Shatner's film debut, premieres at Radio City Music Hall, NYC

The Bridge on the River Kwai

Feb 22 15th Golden Globes: "The Bridge on the River Kwai", Alec Guinness, & Joanne Woodward win

  • Mar 3 KTVU TV channel 2 in Oakland-San Francisco, California (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Mar 5 KDUH TV channel 4 in Scottsbluff-Hay Spring, NB (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Mar 11 Charles Van Doren finally loses on US TV game show "Twenty-One" after winning $129,000 - later revealed to be fixed
  • Mar 15 KULR TV channel 8 in Billings, MT (NBC/ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting

Academy Awards

Mar 26 30th Academy Awards-"The Bridge on the River Kwai" wins Best Picture, Joanne Woodward & Alec Guinness win Best Actress and Best Actor, respectively

  • Mar 27 CBS Labs announce new stereophonic records
  • Apr 1 KVIQ TV channel 6 in Eureka, CA (NBC/ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 3 Abe Burrows, Richard and Marian Bissell's comedy "Say, Darling" opens at ANTA Theater, NYC; runs for 332 performances

Film & TV History

Apr 4 Cheryl Crane (14), daughter of actress Lana Turner, stabs to death organized crime figure Johnny Stompanato, her mother's boyfriend, in self-defense; crime later ruled a "justifiable homicide"

Emmy Awards

Apr 15 10th Emmy Awards: Gunsmoke, Robert Young & Jane Wyatt win

  • Apr 16 5th National Film Awards (India): "Do Aankhen Barah Haath" wins the Golden Lotus
  • May 5 KNME TV channel 5 in Albuquerque, NM (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film Release

May 8 Classic Hammer horror film "Dracula" film starring Christopher Lee as the eponymous vampire alongside Peter Cushing, directed by Terence Fisher released

Film Release

May 9 "Vertigo", American film noir psychological thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak, is released

Film Premiere

May 15 "Gigi" based on the story by Colette, directed by Vincent Minnelli and starring Leslie Caron and Maurice Chevalier premieres in New York (Best Picture 1959)

  • May 18 11th Cannes Film Festival: "The Cranes Are Flying" directed by Mikhail Kalatozov wins the Palme d'Or
  • Jun 2 Alan Freed joins WABC (NYC) radio
  • Jun 12 "Make Me Laugh" TV Game Show last airs on ABC-TV, syndicated 1979
  • Jun 27 8th Berlin International Film Festival: Ingmar Bergman's "Wild Strawberries" wins Golden Bear
  • Jul 1 The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation links television broadcasting across Canada via microwave

Film Premiere

Jul 2 Musical drama Film "King Creole" starring Elvis Presley based on a novel by Harold Robbins premieres

Television Premiere

Jul 3 "Andy Williams Show" premieres on ABC (later on CBS & NBC)

#1 in the Charts

Aug 4 The Billboard Hot 100 is published for the 1st time, with "Poor Little Fool" by Ricky Nelson at #1

  • Aug 18 Actress Betsy Palmer joins Today Show panel
  • Aug 18 TV game show scandal investigation starts
  • Aug 24 19th Venice Film Festival: "Rickshaw Man" directed by Hiroshi Inagaki wins Golden Lion
  • Sep 2 KAYS TV channel 7 in Hays, KS (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 5 1st color video recording on magnetic tape presented, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Sep 5 WKPC TV channel 15 in Louisville, Kentucky (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 6 Mary Ann Mobley (Miss), 21, crowned 31st Miss America 1959
  • Sep 10 WJCT TV channel 7 in Jacksonville, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 14 WTAE TV channel 4 in Pittsburgh, PA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 22 KTVK TV channel 3 in Phoenix, AZ (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 29 "Studio One" TV Anthology Drama last airs on CBS-TV
  • Sep 29 "Texan" debuts on CBS-TV
  • Oct 5 KRTV TV channel 3 in Great Falls, MT (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 8 KCMT TV channel 7 in Alexandria, MN (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 12 WJRT TV channel 12 in Flint, MI (ABC) begins broadcasting

The Smurfs TV Debut

Oct 23 The Smurfs first appear in the story "Johan and Pirlouit" by Belgium cartoonist Peyo

  • Oct 27 WEDU TV channel 3 in Tampa-St Petersburg, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 5 Gian Carlo Menotti's musical drama "Maria Golovin" opens at Martin Beck Theater, NYC; runs for 5 performances
  • Nov 5 KGLD (now KSNG) TV channel 11 in Garden City, KS (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Nov 8 Gian Carlo Menotti's musical drama "Maria Golovin" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Nov 10 WUFT TV channel 5 in Gainesville, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 17 KAII TV channel 7 in Wailuku, HI (NBC) begins broadcasting

Film & TV History

Nov 20 American puppeteers Jim and Jane Henson establish Muppets, Inc. (now known as The Jim Henson Company)

  • Nov 28 KCOO (now KABY) TV channel 9 in Aberdeen, SD (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 30 WKBW TV channel 7 in Buffalo, NY (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 2 KNOP TV channel 2 in North Platte, NB (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 5 WTOL TV channel 11 in Toledo, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting