Events in Film & Television in 1964

  • Jan 1 KNMT TV channel 12 in Walker, MN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1 KTVS TV channel 3 in Sterling, CO (CBS) begins broadcasting

Television Premiere

Jan 1 Top of the Pops, British pop music television program premieres; acts performing include Dusty Springfield; The Rolling Stones; Dave Clark Five: The Hollies; Swinging Blue; and The Beatles

Music History

Jan 3 Jack Paar shows a clip of the Beatles singing "She Loves You", and says he understands that science was working on a cure for the phenomenon

  • Jan 19 KFME TV channel 13 in Fargo, North Dakota (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 24 CBS purchases 1964 & 1965 NFL TV rights for $28.2 million
  • Jan 29 NBC purchases AFL 5 year (1965-69) TV rights for $36 million
  • Feb 6 WCIU TV channel 26 in Chicago, IL (IND) begins broadcasting

The Beatles on Ed Sullivan

Feb 9 1st appearance of the Beatles on "The Ed Sullivan Show", live from New York; broadcast draws 73.7 million television viewers

  • Feb 9 NYC news anchor Jim Jenson's 1st appearance on WCBS-TV
  • Feb 10 WBGU TV channel 27 in Bowling Green, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting

TV Show Appearance

Feb 16 The Beatles' 2nd appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show", live from Deauville Hotel in Miami, Florida; broadcast draws about 70 million television viewers

  • Feb 17 WMEM TV channel 10 in Presque Isle, ME (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 23 The Beatles' 3rd appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show", featuring 3 performances taped on February 9, prior to their debut

Music Premiere

Feb 27 Erwin Drake's musical "What Makes Sammy Run?", starring Steve Lawrence, Robert Alda, and Sally Ann Howes, opens at 54th St Theater, NYC; runs for 540 performances

Music History

Mar 2 Beatles begin filming "A Hard Day's Night", George Harrison meets future wife Pattie Boyd

Golden Globes

Mar 11 21st Golden Globes: The Cardinal, Sidney Poitier, & Leslie Caron win

  • Mar 12 WKAB TV channel 32 in Montgomery, AL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 16 KCOY TV channel 12 in Santa Maria, California (CBS) begins broadcasting

Film & TV History

Mar 19 Sean Connery's 1st day of shooting on James Bond film "Goldfinger"

  • Mar 22 Barbra Streisand appears on the cover of NY Times Magazine section
  • Mar 26 Jule Styne and Bob Merrill's musical "Funny Girl", starring Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice, opens at Winter Garden Theater, New York City; runs for 1,348 performances

Music Premiere

Apr 7 Hugh Martin and Timothy Gray's musical "High Spirits", based on Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit", opens at Alvin Theater, NYC; runs for 375 performances

  • Apr 13 36th Academy Awards: "Tom Jones" (Best Film), Patricia Neal (Hud) and Sidney Poitier (Lilies Of The Field) win; Poitier first Black actor in a leading role to win a competitive Oscar
  • Apr 17 Albert Hague and Marty Brill's musical "Cafe Crown", starring Theodore Bikel, opens at Martin Beck Theater, NYC; runs for 3 performances
  • Apr 18 Albert Hague and Marty Brill's musical "Cafe Crown", starring Theodore Bikel, closes at Martin Beck Theater, NYC, after 3 performances

Television Finale

Apr 25 "New Phil Silvers Show" last airs on CBS-TV

  • Apr 25 11th National Film Awards (India): "Shehar Aur Sapna" wins the Golden Lotus
  • May 4 KIII TV channel 3 in Corpus Christi, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • May 14 17th Cannes Film Festival: "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" directed by Jacques Demy wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

Music History

May 18 David Frost interviews Paul McCartney on BBC

  • May 24 The Beatles' 4th appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show", features an interview and pre-recorded performance of "You Can't Do That"

Theater Premiere

May 25 Frank Gilroy's dramatic play "The Subject Was Roses", starring Jack Albertson and Martin Sheen, opens at Royale Theatre, NYC; runs for 832 performances; wins Pulitzer Prize, and 2 Tony Awards

Music History

Jun 3 Ringo Starr collapses from tonsillitis and pharyngitis, just before the Beatles embark on a World Tour

  • Jun 4 Beatles 1st (and only) "World Tour" begins with two ten-song shows at 4,400 seat KB Halle in Copenhagen, Denmark; British drummer Jimmie Nicol replaces Ringo Starr (recovering from tonsillitis) for the first five dates (10 concerts + a Dutch TV appearance)
  • Jun 14 Drummer Ringo Starr re-unites with the Beatles in Melbourne, Australia, after recovering from tonsillitis
  • Jun 26 14th Berlin International Film Festival: "Dry Summer" wins the Golden Bear
  • Jun 29 1st draft of Star Trek's pilot "Cage" released

Musical Finale

Aug 8 N. Richard Nash, Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones' musical "110 in the Shade", based on Nash's drama "The Rainmaker", closes at Broadhurst Theater, NYC after, 330 performances

  • Aug 10 WJSP TV channel 28 in Columbus, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 11 "A Hard Days Night" a musical comedy film featuring the Beatles released in the US
  • Aug 27 25th Venice Film Festival: "Red Desert" directed by Michelangelo Antonioni wins Golden Lion

Film Premiere

Aug 27 Walt Disney's musical film "Mary Poppins" directed by Robert Stevenson, starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, with songs by Richard and Robert Sherman, premieres at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, California; wins 5 Academy Awards

  • Aug 28 WEWS-TV Channel 5's "Upbeat" debuts in Cleveland
  • Sep 11 Gillette's 20 year contract with Madison Square Garden & ABC to televise fights for free ends as Dick Tiger defeats Don Fullmer at Cleve Auditorium

Film Premiere

Sep 12 Film that started Spaghetti Western genre "A Fistful of Dollars" premieres, directed by Sergio Leone, starring Clint Eastwood in his first leading role

  • Sep 13 WKEF TV channel 22 in Dayton, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting

Film & TV History

Sep 14 Walt Disney awarded Medal of Freedom at White House

  • Sep 14 WCVE TV channel 23 in Richmond, VA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 16 "Shindig" premieres on ABC-TV
  • Sep 17 "Bewitched" premieres on ABC TV

Music Single

Sep 17 The Supremes release single "Baby Love"

Television Premiere

Sep 18 TV series "The Addams Family", starring John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Jackie Coogan, and Ted Cassidy premieres on ABC

  • Sep 22 "Man from U.N.C.L.E." premieres starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum on NBC-TV: open channel D
  • Sep 24 Ringo Starr forms Brikley Building Company Ltd

Television Debut

Sep 26 TV sitcom "Gilligan's Island", starring Bob Denver as Gilligan, debuts on CBS

  • Oct 1 WSJU TV channel 18 in Carolina, PR begins broadcasting
  • Oct 1 WTSJ TV channel 18 in San Juan, PR (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 1 WWAY TV channel 3 in Wilmington, NC (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 5 KIXE TV channel 9 in Redding, CA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 7 The Beatles appear on episode of "Shindig" (ABC-TV) in the US
  • Oct 8 Ringo Starr passes his driving test
  • Oct 12 KCSM TV channel 60 in San Mateo-SF, CA (PBS) begins
  • Oct 12 WSBK TV channel 38 in Boston, MA (IND/ABC/CBS/NBC) begin
  • Oct 12 WUCM TV channel 19 in University Center, MI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 14 Philips begins experimenting with color TV

Music Premiere

Oct 20 Lee Adams and Charles Strouse's musical adaptation of Clifford Odet's "Golden Boy", starring Sammy Davis Jr. opens at Majestic Theater, NYC; runs for 569 performances

Film Premiere

Oct 21 Film version of "My Fair Lady" directed by George Cukor and starring Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn premieres in New York (Academy Awards Best Picture 1965)

  • Oct 25 The Rolling Stones make their 1st appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show"; they perform a cover of Chuck Berry's “Around & Around,” and their own hit "Time Is On My Side" [1]
  • Oct 31 Barbra Streisand's "People" album goes #1 for 5 weeks
  • Nov 6 WEIQ TV channel 42 in Mobile, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 8 KUPK TV channel 13 in Garden City, KS (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 9 "Comedy in Music-Opus 2" opens at John Golden NYC for 192 performances
  • Nov 15 KBYU TV channel 11 in Provo, UT (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 22 WITF TV channel 33 in Harrisburg-Hershey, PA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 2 Ringo Starr's tonsils are removed
  • Dec 3 KHQL (now KCAN) TV channel 8 in Albion, NB (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 6 KTVR TV channel 13 in La Grande, OR (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film & TV History

Dec 12 Shooting starts for "Star Trek" pilot "The Cage" (Menagerie)

  • Dec 17 "Goldfinger", 3rd James Bond film, starring Sean Connery and Honor Blackman premieres in London
  • Dec 18 "The Pink Panther" cartoon series premieres (Pink Phink)
  • Dec 19 "Gertrud", Danish film directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer, starring Nina Pens Rode, Bendt Rothe and Ebbe Rode, is released in France
  • Dec 22 American comedian Lenny Bruce is convicted of obscenity
  • Dec 24 Shooting begins on "The Cage" the pilot for Star Trek
  • Dec 25 George Harrison's girlfriend Pattie Boyd attacked by female Beatle fans
  • Dec 27 1st appearance of The Supremes on "The Ed Sullivan Show", singing "Come See About Me"

Film & TV History

Dec 28 Principal filming on film "Doctor Zhivago" begins