On This Day

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

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Jan 3 Jack Paar Show, shows a clip of the Beatles singing "She Loves You"

Comedian and TV Host Jack Paar
Comedian and TV Host
Jack Paar
  • 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

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jan 29 "Dr Strangelove", directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Peter Sellers and George C. Scott, premieres

Film Director Stanley Kubrick
Film Director
Stanley Kubrick
Actor and Comedian Peter Sellers
Actor and Comedian
Peter Sellers
Actor George C. Scott
Actor
George C. Scott
  • Feb 6 WCIU TV channel 26 in Chicago, IL (IND) begins broadcasting

Music ConcertThe Beatles on Ed Sullivan

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

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The Beatles with TV host Ed Sullivan during their first appearance on his show in February 1964
The Beatles with TV host Ed Sullivan during their first appearance on his show in February 1964
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  • 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

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Feb 16 The Beatles' 2nd appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show", from Deauville Hotel in Miami, Florida

TV Host Ed Sullivan
TV Host
Ed Sullivan
  • Feb 17 WMEM TV channel 10 in Presque Isle, ME (PBS) begins broadcasting

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

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

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

Music awardsGrammy Awards

Mar 12 6th Grammy Awards: Days of Wine & Roses, Barbra Streisand wins 2

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand

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

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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 releaseMusic 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

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • 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

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

Comedian and Actor Phil Silvers
Comedian and Actor
Phil Silvers
  • 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

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May 18 David Frost interviews Paul McCartney on BBC

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Film tv awardsEmmy Awards

May 25 16th Emmy Awards: "The Dick Van Dyke Show", Dick Van Dyke & Mary Tyler Moore win

Actress Mary Tyler Moore
Actress
Mary Tyler Moore
Actor, Comedian, Writer and Director Carl Reiner
Actor, Comedian, Writer and Director
Carl Reiner
Actor Dick Van Dyke
Actor
Dick Van Dyke

Music releaseTheater 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

  • Jun 26 14th Berlin International Film Festival: "Dry Summer" wins the Golden Bear
  • Jun 29 1st draft of Star Trek's pilot "Cage" released
  • 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

Film release premierFilm Premier

Aug 27 Walt Disney's "Mary Poppins" directed by Robert Stevenson, starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke premieres in Los Angeles

Actress and Singer Julie Andrews
Actress and Singer
Julie Andrews
Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
Actor Dick Van Dyke
Actor
Dick Van Dyke

  • Aug 27 25th Venice Film Festival: "Red Desert" directed by Michelangelo Antonioni wins Golden Lion
  • 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 release premierFilm Premier

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

Actor and Director Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director
Clint Eastwood
  • Sep 13 WKEF TV channel 22 in Dayton, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 14 WCVE TV channel 23 in Richmond, VA (PBS) begins broadcasting

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Sep 14 Walt Disney awarded Medal of Freedom at White House

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • Sep 16 "Shindig" premieres on ABC-TV
  • Sep 17 "Bewitched" premieres on ABC TV

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Sep 17 The Supremes release "Baby Love"

Singer and Actress Diana Ross
Singer and Actress
Diana Ross

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

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

  • Sep 22 "Man from U.N.C.L.E." premieres on NBC-TV: open channel D

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

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

Actor Bob Denver
Actor
Bob Denver
  • 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 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

Film release premierFilm Premier

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 Rolling Stones appear on "The Ed Sullivan Show" for the 1st time
  • 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 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

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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 Patti Boyd attacked by female Beatle fans
  • Dec 27 The Supremes 1st appear on "The Ed Sullivan Show" singing "Come See About Me"

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Dec 28 Principal filming on film "Doctor Zhivago" begins