On This Day

Events in Film & Television in 1959

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

Jan 9 "Rawhide" with Clint Eastwood premieres on CBS TV

Actor and Director Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director
Clint Eastwood
  • Jan 12 KOED TV channel 11 in Tulsa, OK (PBS) begins broadcasting

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Jan 24 Dmitri Shostakovich's comedy "Cheryomushk" premieres in Moscow

  • Jan 24 WHCT TV channel 18 in Hartford, CT (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 26 KOKH TV channel 25 in Oklahoma City, OK (IND/PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 29 Walt Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" released
  • Feb 1 WVUE TV channel 8 in New Orleans, LA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 23 KVIE TV channel 6 in Sacramento-Stockton, CA (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

Mar 5 16th Golden Globes: "The Defiant Ones", David Niven, & Susan Hayward win

Film tv awardsEmmy Awards

Mar 6 11th Emmy Awards: Playhouse 90, Jack Benny Show, Raymond Burr win

Comedian Jack Benny
Comedian
Jack Benny
  • Mar 8 KUAT TV channel 6 in Tucson, AZ (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 15 WILX TV channel 10 in Lansing, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Release

Mar 29 "Some Like It Hot", directed by Billy Wilder and starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon, is released in NYC

Actor Jack Lemmon
Actor
Jack Lemmon
Actress Marilyn Monroe
Actress
Marilyn Monroe
Filmmaker Billy Wilder
Filmmaker
Billy Wilder
  • Mar 30 WNED TV channel 17 in Buffalo, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 6 31st Academy Awards: "Gigi", Susan Hayward & David Niven win
  • Apr 14 KDIN TV channel 11 in Des Moines, IA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 24 WICD TV channel 15 in Champaign, IL (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 28 KLOE TV channel 10 in Goodland, KS (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 28 KPLR TV channel 11 in Saint Louis, MO (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 28 6th National Film Awards (India): "Sagar Sangamey" wins the Golden Lotus
  • May 4 "The 400 Blows", French film directed by François Truffaut, starring Jean-Pierre Léaud, is released

Music releaseMusic Premiere

May 11 Mary Rodgers & Marshall Barer's musical "Once Upon A Mattress", starring Carol Burnett and directed by George Abbott, opens at Phoenix Theatre, NYC; runs for 244 performances

Comedian and Actress Carol Burnett
Comedian and Actress
Carol Burnett

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May 13 Kraft Music Hall with Milton Berle last airs on NBC-TV

Comedian and TV Host Milton Berle
Comedian and TV Host
Milton Berle
  • May 15 12th Cannes Film Festival: "Black Orpheus" directed by Marcel Camus wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 16 WTOM TV channel 4 in Cheboygan, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 13 "Sammy Kaye Show" last airs on ABC-TV
  • Jun 18 New York City premiere of the film version of Kathryn Hulme's "The Nun's Story"
  • Jun 26 9th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Cousins" wins Golden Bear
  • Jul 1 WVTV TV channel 18 in Milwaukee, WI (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 6 WENH TV channel 11 in Durham, NH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 12 NBC uses cameras to show catchers signals during Yankee-Red Sox game

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jul 17 "North by Northwest" directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint premieres in Los Angeles

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jul 18 "The Nun's Story" based on the novel by Kathryn Hulme, starring Audrey Hepburn premieres in Los Angeles

Film PremierThe Worst Movie Ever

Jul 22 Ed Wood's cult classic "Plan 9 From Outer Space", called one of the worse films ever, premieres

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Poster for Ed Wood's cult film Plan 9 from Outer Space
Poster for Ed Wood's cult film Plan 9 from Outer Space
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  • Jul 24 500,000th Dutch TV set registered
  • Aug 1 WAAY TV channel 31 in Huntsville, AL (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Aug 23 20th Venice Film Festival: "The Great War" directed by Mario Monicelli and "General della Rovere" directed by Roberto Rossellini jointly awarded Golden Lion

Film Director Roberto Rossellini
Film Director
Roberto Rossellini
  • Sep 12 "Bonanza" premieres on NBC-TV
  • Sep 14 WQEX TV channel 16 in Pittsburgh, PA (PBS) begins broadcasting

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Sep 19 Nikita Khrushchev is denied access to Disneyland

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev
  • Sep 28 "Hennesey" debuts on CBS-TV
  • Sep 29 "Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis" debuts on CBS-TV
  • Sep 29 "Philip Marlowe" debuts on ABC-TV
  • Oct 2 Rod Serling's anthology series "The Twilight Zone" premieres on CBS-TV

Film release premierFilm Release

Oct 7 "Pillow Talk" film directed by Michael Gordon and starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson is first released

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day
Actor Rock Hudson
Actor
Rock Hudson
  • Oct 11 KTHI TV channel 11 in Fargo-Grand Forks, ND (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 14 WMUB (now WPTO) TV channel 14 in Oxford, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 15 KNDO TV channel 23 in Yakima, WA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 20 WABG TV channel 6 in Greenwood-Greenville, MS (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Nov 8 KJTV (now KGET) TV channel 17 in Bakersfield, CA (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Nov 10 Corinne Rottschaeffer of the Netherlands elected Miss World

Film release premierFilm Premier

Nov 18 "Ben-Hur" directed by William Wyler and starring Charlton Heston premieres in New York City (Academy Awards Best Picture 1960)

Actor Charlton Heston
Actor
Charlton Heston
Film Director William Wyler
Film Director
William Wyler
  • Nov 19 "Rocky & His Friends" debuts on ABC
  • Nov 20 WABC fires Alan Freed over payola scandal

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Nov 21 Jack Benny (violin) & Richard Nixon (piano) play their famed duet

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
Comedian Jack Benny
Comedian
Jack Benny
  • Nov 28 KOMC (now KSNK) TV channel 8 in McCook - Oberlin, NB (NBC) begins