Events in Film & Television in 1960

Radio History

Jan 28 "The Goon Show"'s final episode on BBC radio

Film Premiere

Feb 3 "La Dolce Vita" directed by Federico Fellini and starring Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg has its film premiere in Italy

  • Feb 4 Lionel Bart's musical comedy "Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'be" opens at Garrick Theatre, London; runs for 886 pefromances

Film & TV History

Feb 11 Jack Paar walks off his TV show

  • Feb 19 Bil Keane's "Family Circus" cartoon strip debuts

Film & TV History

Feb 26 Vera Miles stars in"Mirror Image" episode of CBS anthology series "The Twilight Zone"

  • Feb 29 KRET TV channel 23 in Richardson, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting

Golden Globes

Mar 10 17th Golden Globes: "Ben-Hur", Anthony Franciosa, & Elizabeth Taylor win

Film Premiere

Mar 10 French-Italian crime film "Purple Noon" premieres starring Alain Delon, directed by René Clément, based on the novel "The Talented Mr Ripley" by Patricia Highsmith

Film Release

Mar 17 One of the first French New Wave films, "Breathless", directed by Jean-Luc Godard, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg is released in France

  • Mar 17 WSLA (now WAKA) TV channel 8 in Selma, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 2 KPEC TV channel 56 in Lakewood Center-Tacoma, WA (PBS) 1st broadcast

Music Premiere

Apr 14 Lee Adams and Charles Strouse's musical "Bye Bye Birdie", starring Dick Van Dyke, Chita Rivera, and Dick Gautier, opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC; runs for 607 performances

  • Apr 28 WIPM TV channel 3 in Mayaguez, PR (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 1 7th National Film Awards (India): "Apur Sansar" wins the Golden Lotus

TV Show Appearance

May 12 Elvis Presley appears on a Frank Sinatra television special; Elvis sings Sinatra's 1957 Cy Coleman hit "Witchcraft", and Frank performs Presley's 1956 classic "Love Me Tender"

  • May 13 WOLE TV channel 12 in Aguadillo, PR
  • May 15 "L'Avventura", Italian film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, starring Gabriele Ferzetti, Monica Vitti. premieres at Cannes
  • May 15 KHVO TV channel 13 in Hilo, HI (ABC) begins broadcasting

Cannes Film Festival

May 20 13th Cannes Film Festival: "The Sweet Life" directed by Federico Fellini wins the Palme d'Or

  • May 23 WGTV TV channel 8 in Athens-Atlanta, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 23 WRCA radio changes call letters back to WNBC (NYC)

Musical Finale

May 28 Frank Loesser's musical "Greenwillow", starring Anthony Perkins, closes at Alvin Theater, NYC, after 95 performances

  • Jun 1 WDTV TV channel 5 in Clarksburg-Weston, WV (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 2 Broadway theaters close (labor dispute between owners & Actors Equity)
  • Jun 5 "George Gobel Show" last airs on CBS-TV

Television Finale

Jun 6 "Steve Allen Show" last airs on NBC-TV

  • Jun 9 ABC and AFL sign a 5 year contract
  • Jun 12 KORN (now KDLT) TV channel 5 in Mitchell-Sioux Falls, SD (ABC) begins

Film Premiere

Jun 15 "The Apartment" directed by Billy Wilder and starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine premieres in New York (Academy Awards Best Picture 1961)

Film Release

Jun 16 "Psycho", psychological horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, and Vera Miles, opens in New York City

Emmy Awards

Jun 20 12th Emmy Awards: Playhouse 90, Robert Stack & Jane Wyatt win

  • Jun 23 "The Pat Boone-Chevy Showroom" last airs on ABC-TV
  • Jun 24 10th Berlin International Film Festival: "El Lazarillo de Tormes" wins Golden Bear

Theatrical Finale

Jun 25 Lorraine Hansberry's stage drama "A Raisin in the Sun", 1st Broadway play by a black woman, starring Ruby Dee and Sidney Poitier, closes at the Belasco Theatre, NYC, after 530 performances

Musical Finale

Jul 2 Mary Rodgers & Marshall Barer's musical "Once Upon A Mattress", starring Carol Burnett and directed by George Abbott, closes at St. James Theater, NYC, after 470 performances

  • Jul 12 XEWT TV channel 12 in Tijuana-San Diego, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 31 KSOO (now KSFY) TV channel 13 in Sioux Falls, SD (NBC) 1st broadcast

The Twist Dance Craze

Aug 6 Chubby Checker performs his version of Hank Ballard's "The Twist" on "The Dick Clark Show", starting a worldwide dance craze

  • Aug 10 Los Angeles premiere of Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh
  • Aug 24 21st Venice Film Festival: "Tomorrow Is My Turn" directed by Andre Cayatte wins Golden Lion
  • Sep 8 Nationwide release (US) of Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh
  • Sep 14 KERA TV channel 13 in Dallas, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 20 WFSU TV channel 11 in Tallahassee, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 28 "Millionaire" last airs on CBS-TV
  • Sep 28 "Queen For A Day" moves to ABC-TV
  • Sep 29 "Johnny Ringo" TV Western Drama; last airs on CBS-TV
  • Sep 29 "My Three Sons" starring Fred MacMurray, debuts on ABC-TV
  • Sep 29 "Outlaws" TV Western Drama; debuts on NBC-TV

Television Premiere

Sep 30 "The Flintstones" the first animated sitcom created by Hanna-Barbera premieres on ABC in the US

  • Oct 1 KCBY TV channel 11 in Coos Bay, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 3 "Flair" (CBS' answer to Monitor) premieres on radio with Dick Van Dyke
  • Oct 3 US sitcom "The Andy Griffith Show" premieres in CBS (runs till 1968)
  • Oct 5 KEYC TV channel 12 in Mankato, MN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 7 TV series "Route 66" premieres on CBS
  • Oct 10 WGTE TV channel 30 in Toledo, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 11 Radio/TV executive John Fetzer buys a controlling interest of Detroit Tigers
  • Oct 12 Japanese politician Inejiro Asanuma is assassinated with a sword during a televised debate live on TV by 17-year old nationalist Otoya Yamaguchi
  • Oct 13 Third presidential debate with Nixon in Hollywood & Kennedy in NY
  • Oct 19 KWCS (now KOOG) TV channel 30 in Ogden, UT (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 7 KNRR TV channel 12 in Pembina, ND (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 13 Fire in movie theater kills 152 children in Amude, Spain
  • Nov 23 Tinseltown dedicated its Walk of Fame at Hollywood Blvd & Vine St
  • Nov 25 "Amos 'n' Andy" made its last broadcast on CBS radio
  • Nov 25 CBS ends last 4 radio soap operas (Ma Perkins, Right to Happiness, Young Dr Malone & 2nd Mrs Burton) & cancels 4 other series
  • Nov 27 CBS radio cancels "Have Gun Will Travel"
  • Nov 28 CBS radio expands hourly news coverage from 5 to 10 minutes

Music Premiere

Dec 3 Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's musical "Camelot", starring Richard Burton and Julie Andrews, and introducing Robert Goulet, opens at Majestic Theater, NYC; runs for 873 performances, wins 4 Tony Awards

Music History

Dec 8 Musical "Peter Pan", starring Mary Martin broadcast, for a 3rd time, on NBC as a special event, videotaped in color for future rebroadcasts

  • Dec 9 1st broadcast of "Coronation Street" on British ITV

Music Premiere

Dec 11 Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh's musical "Wildcat" with Lucille Ball premieres in New York City

Music Recording

Dec 19 Frank Sinatra's 1st session with Reprise Records ("Ring-A-Ding-Ding")

Music Premiere

Dec 26 Musical "Do re mi" with Phil Silvers premieres St James Theater in NYC