Events in Film & Television in 1962

  • Jan 2 Nighttime version of "Password" with Allen Ludden premieres on CBS

Film & TV History

Jan 15 Coco the Clown [Nicolai Poliakoff] is the subject of the BBC TV programme "This is Your Life"

  • Jan 16 Shooting begins on "Dr No" the first James Bond film
  • Jan 23 Film "Jules et Jim", based on the novel by Henri-Pierre Roché, directed by François Truffaut and starring Jeanne Moreau is released
  • Feb 8 KACB TV channel 3 in San Angelo, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 16 "La Jetée", French film directed by Chris Marker, starring Hélène Chatelain, Davos Hanich and Jacques Ledoux, is released
  • Mar 15 KATU TV channel 2 in Portland, OR (ABC) begins broadcasting

Music Premiere

Mar 22 Musical "I Can Get It For You Wholesale" starring Barbra Streisand in her Broadway debut, opens at Shubert Theater, NYC; runs for 300 performances

  • Mar 24 Emile Griffith beats Benny " Kid" Paret by TKO in 12th round in welterweight boxing title fight at MSG, NYC; Paret dies 10 days later; first use of television slow motion replay

TV Show Appearance

Mar 29 Jack Paar's final appearance on the "The Tonight Show"

Academy Awards

Apr 9 34th Academy Awards: "West Side Story" (Best Picture, Director, and 8 more), Sophia Loren (Two Women) & Maximilian Schell (Judgement At Nuremberg) win

Film & TV History

Apr 16 Walter Cronkite begins anchoring CBS Evening News

  • Apr 21 9th National Film Awards (India): "Bhagini Nivedita" wins the Golden Lotus
  • Apr 24 Massachusetts Institute of Technology sends TV signal by satellite for 1st time: California to Massachusetts
  • May 2 WMHT TV channel 17 in Schenectady-Alby-Tro, NY (PBS) 1st broadcast

#1 in the Charts

May 5 "West Side Story" soundtrack album goes #1 & stays #1 for 54 weeks which is more than 20 weeks longer than any other album

Music History

May 19 Marilyn Monroe sings "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" to JFK before 15,000 attendees, accompanied by jazz pianist Hank Jones, at Madison Square Garden, NYC

  • May 23 15th Cannes Film Festival: "Keeper of Promises" directed by Anselmo Duarte wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 28 Wide World of Sports with Chris Schenkel premieres on CBS radio
  • May 29 Barbra Streisand appears on "The Garry Moore Show"
  • May 31 "Tell It To Groucho" last airs on CBS-TV
  • Jun 3 WBKO TV channel 13 in Bowling Green, KY (ABC) begins broadcasting

Music Premiere

Jun 11 "Julie & Carol at Carnegie Hall", musical comedy/variety television special with Julie Andrews & Carol Burnett premieres on CBS

Film Release

Jun 13 "Lolita" film based on Vladimir Nabokov's novel directed by Stanley Kubrick, starring James Mason and Sue Lyon is released

  • Jun 15 WWUP TV channel 10 in Sault Ste Marie, MI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 22 12th Berlin International Film Festival: "A Kind of Loving" wins the Golden Bear
  • Jun 26 WSEC (now WLRN) TV channel 17 in Miami, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 4 KIKU (now KHNL) TV channel 13 in Honolulu, HI (IND) 1st broadcast

Music History

Aug 16 Ringo Starr replaces Pete Best as Beatles' drummer, first official concert two days later

  • Aug 23 1st Europe-US live TV program (via Telstar)

Venice Film Festival

Aug 25 23rd Venice Film Festival: "Family Diary" directed by Valerio Zurlini and "Ivan's Childhood" directed by Andrei Tarkovsky jointly awarded Golden Lion

  • Sep 1 Channel Television launches to 54,000 households in the Channel Islands.
  • Sep 1 KATC TV channel 3 in Lafayette, LA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 9 WNYS (now WIXT) TV channel 9 in Syracuse, NY (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 10 KLRN TV channel 9 in San Antonio, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 10 WDCN TV channel 8 in Nashville, TN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 11 KVCR TV channel 24 in San Bernardino, CA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 15 WOKR TV channel 13 in Rochester, NY (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 16 Public TV channel 13 begins in NYC

Television Debut

Sep 23 ABC's 1st color TV series - The Jetsons by Hanna-Barbera first broadcast

  • Sep 24 KWSU TV channel 10 in Pullman, WA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 26 TV comedy series "Beverly Hillbillies" premieres on CBS
  • Sep 28 "Brighter Day" last airs on CBS-TV daytime
  • Sep 28 "I'm Dickens, He's Fenster" debuts on ABC-TV
  • Sep 28 "Jan Murray Show" last airs on NBC-TV
  • Sep 28 "Verdict Is Yours," last airs on CBS-TV
  • Sep 28 The last airing of "The Tonight Show" prior to Johnny Carson becoming host airs on NBC-TV
  • Sep 29 "Roy Rogers & Dale Evans Show" debuts on ABC-TV
  • Sep 30 KCRL TV channel 4 in Reno, NV (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 30 KMEX TV channel 34 in Los Angeles, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 1 "The Lucy Show" premieres on CBS
  • Oct 1 American singer Barbra Streisand signs her 1st recording contract (with Columbia)

Television Debut

Oct 1 Johnny Carson hosts his 1st "The Tonight Show" on NBC; guests include Rudy Vallée, Tony Bennett, Mel Brooks and Joan Crawford

  • Oct 1 WEDH TV channel 24 in Hartford, Connecticut (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film Premiere

Oct 5 "Dr. No", 1st James Bond film based on the novel by Ian Fleming and starring Sean Connery and Ursula Andress, premieres in London

Theater Premiere

Oct 13 Edward Albee's play "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" opens on Broadway featuring actress Uta Hagen

  • Oct 15 WLOX TV channel 13 in Biloxi-Gulfport, MS (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 16 KTXT TV channel 5 in Lubbock, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 17 The Beatles make their live television debut, appearing on Manchester's local "People And Places" program, performing ‘Some Other Guy’ and their new single ‘Love Me Do’
  • Oct 23 WCIV TV channel 4 in Charleston, South Carolina (NBC) begins broadcasting

Film Release

Oct 24 "The Manchurian Candidate", directed by John Frankenheimer, starring Frank Sinatra and Laurence Harvey, is released

Film Release

Oct 31 "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" horror film released directed by Robert Aldrich, starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, based on novel by Henry Farrell

  • Nov 1 KYVE TV channel 47 in Yakima, WA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 1 WNYC TV channel 31 in New York, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 1 WZZM TV channel 13 in Grand Rapids, MI (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 9 Catharina Lodders of the Netherlands elected Miss World

Music Premiere

Nov 17 Neil Simon, Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh's musical "Little Me" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, NYC; runs for 257 performances

  • Nov 19 KOET (now KULC) TV channel 9 in Ogden, UT (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 25 WBJA (now WMGC) TV channel 34 in Binghamton, NY (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Dec 1 KGMB TV channel 9 in Honolulu, HI (CBS) begins broadcasting

Film Premiere

Dec 10 David Lean's film "Lawrence of Arabia", based on life of T. E. Lawrence and starring Peter O'Toole, premieres at Odeon Leicester Square (Academy Awards Best Picture 1963)

#1 in the Charts

Dec 15 Vaughn Meader's "1st Family" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 12 weeks

Film Release

Dec 16 "Lawrence of Arabia" film directed by David Lean and starring Peter O'Toole, is released in the United States

  • Dec 18 WAIQ TV channel 26 in Montgomery, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting

Music History

Dec 20 Osmond brothers debut on Andy Williams Show

Film Release

Dec 25 "To Kill a Mockingbird", a film adaptation of the novel by Harper Lee, directed by Robert Mulligan and starring Gregory Peck, is released (Gregory Peck - Best Actor Academy Awards 1963)

  • Dec 31 "Match Game" debuts on NBC with host Gene Rayburn