On This Day

Events in Film & Television in 1963

  • Jan 1 WTEV (now WLNE) TV channel 6 in Providence RI begins broadcasting
  • Jan 3 WOUB TV channel 20 in Athens, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting

Musical Finale

Jan 5 Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's musical "Camelot", starring Richard Burton, Julie Andrews, and Robert Goulet, closes at Majestic Theater, NYC, after 873 performances and winning 4 Tony Awards

  • Jan 6 "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom" with Marlin Perkins begins on NBC

Pro Wrestling

Jan 24 Buddy Rogers & Lou Thesz wrestle in Toronto, Rogers becomes WWF wrestling champ & Thesz becomes NWA champion

Film Release

Feb 14 "8½" film directed by Federico Fellini, starring Marcello Mastroianni and Claudia Cardinale, is released (Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film 1964)

  • Mar 15 WFAN TV channel 14 in Washington, D.C. (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 18 WGSF TV channel 31 in Newark, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 25 KWHY TV channel 22 in Los Angeles, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 29 Final episode of soap opera "Young Doctor Malone"
  • Apr 1 American television soap opera premieres: "General Hospital" (ABC) & "Doctors" (NBC)

Music Premiere

Apr 15 Steve Allen's musical "Sophie", based on the life of American singer, and comic actress Sophie Tucker, opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 8 performances

  • Apr 20 10th National Film Awards (India): "Dada Thakur" wins the Golden Lotus

Film Premiere

May 8 1st James Bond film, "Dr. No", starring Sean Connery, premieres in US

Music History

May 12 Bob Dylan walks out of "The Ed Sullivan Show" over a dispute about his song choice

Grammy Awards

May 15 5th Grammy Awards: "I Left My Heart In San Francisco"; Robert Goulet win

  • May 17 Bruno Sammartino beats Buddy Rogers in NYC, to become WWWF champ
  • May 23 NBC purchases 1963 AFL championship game TV rights for $926,000
  • May 23 16th Cannes Film Festival: "The Leopard" directed by Luchino Visconti wins the Palme d'Or

Meeting of Interest

May 24 Barbra Streisand performs "Happy Days Are Here Again" at White House Press Correspondents Dinner, and meets US President John F. Kennedy

Film Premiere

Jun 12 "Cleopatra" directed by Joseph Mankiewicz and starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton premieres in NYC, then most expensive film ever made

  • Jun 21 13th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Devil" and "Bushido: The Cruel Code of the Samurai" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • Jun 24 1st demonstration of home video recorder, at BBC Studios, London
  • Jul 15 KAIT TV channel 8 in Jonesboro, AR (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 1 WQAD TV channel 8 in Moline, Illinois (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 9 Britains rock TV show "Ready Steady Go", premieres
  • Aug 24 24th Venice Film Festival: "Hands Over the City" directed by Francesco Rosi wins Golden Lion
  • Sep 2 CBS expands "CBS Evening News" program, anchored by Walter Conkrite, from 15 to 30 minutes
  • Sep 7 WCTI TV channel 12 in New Bern, NC (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 9 NBC expands "The Huntley–Brinkley Report", their evening television news program, from 15 to 30 minutes
  • Sep 12 WHYY TV channel 12 in Wilmington, DE (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 15 WNTV TV channel 29 in Greenville, SC (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 16 "The Outer Limits" premieres on ABC-TV
  • Sep 16 WVAN TV channel 9 in Savannah, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 17 "The Fugitive" starring David Janssen premieres on ABC TV
  • Sep 23 WMEB TV channel 12 in Orono, ME (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 28 "King Leonardo" cartoon last airs on NBC-TV

Television Debut

Sep 28 "New Phil Silvers Show" debuts on CBS-TV

  • Sep 28 "Nick Teen & Al K. Hall" by Rolf Harris peaks at #95
  • Sep 28 "Shari Lewis Show" last airs on NBC-TV
  • Sep 28 "Tennessee Tuxedo" cartoon voiced by Don Adams debuts on CBS-TV

Television Debut

Sep 29 "The Judy Garland Show" debuts on CBS-TV

  • Sep 29 "My Favorite Martian" starring Ray Walston, debuts on CBS-TV
  • Sep 29 "Tom Jones" film based on the novel by Henry Fielding, directed by Tony Richardson, starring Albert Finney and Susannah York premieres at the Venice Film festival (Best Picture 1964)
  • Oct 6 Barbra Streisand appears on "The Judy Garland Show"
  • Oct 10 "From Russia With Love" 2nd James Bond film based on a novel by Ian Fleming, starring Sean Connery and Daniela Bianchi, premieres in London

Film & TV History

Oct 11 William Shatner stars in "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" episode of CBS anthology series "The Twilight Zone"

  • Oct 14 WGHP TV channel 8 in Greensboro-High Point, NC (ABC) begins
  • Oct 20 WITV TV channel 7 in Charleston, South Carolina (PBS) begins broadcasting

Theater Premiere

Oct 23 Neil Simon's play "Barefoot in the Park" starring Robert Redford and Elizabeth Ashley premieres in NYC

  • Nov 7 Carole Joan Crawford, 20, wins Miss World

TV Show Appearance

Nov 11 Brian Epstein and Ed Sullivan sign a 3 show contract for appearances by The Beatles

  • Nov 28 WHNT TV channel 19 in Huntsville, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 7 First use of the instant replay machine invented by CBS in a US Army vs Navy football game

Music History

Dec 10 6-year old Donny Osmond's singing debut on Andy Williams Show

Film Premiere

Dec 18 "The Pink Panther" film premieres, directed by Blake Edwards and starring Peter Sellers and David Niven, with theme by Henry Mancini

Film Release

Dec 20 "Contempt" film directed by Jean-Luc Godard, starring Brigitte Bardot and Jack Palance, is released

  • Dec 25 Walt Disney's "The Sword in the Stone" is released
  • Dec 30 "Let's Make A Deal," debuts on NBC-TV
  • Dec 31 Dear Abby show premieres on CBS radio (runs 11 years)