Events in Film & Television in 1966

  • Jan 2 National Football League Championship, Lambeau Field, Green Bay: Green Bay Packers beat Cleveland Browns, 23-12; first NFL title game televised in colour; last one played before Super Bowl era
  • Jan 4 WFLD TV channel 32 in Chicago, IL (IND) begins broadcasting

Pro Wrestling

Jan 7 Gene Kiniski beats Lou Thesz in St Louis, to become NWA wrestling champion

  • Jan 8 The Who and The Kinks perform on the last "Shindig" TV show on ABC
  • Jan 11 "Daktari" African adventure series premieres on CBS TV

Television Debut

Jan 12 "Batman", starring Adam West as Batman, Burt Ward as Robin, and Cesar Romero as The Joker, debuts on ABC

  • Jan 24 WDIO TV channel 10 in Duluth, MN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 25 WCMC (now WMGM) TV channel 40 in Wildwood, NJ (NBC) 1st broadcast

Music Premiere

Jan 29 Neil Simons, Coleman & Fields' musical "Sweet Charity" premieres at Palace Theater in NYC for 608 performances

  • Feb 5 BBC opens a relay radio station on Ascension Island
  • Feb 7 KWCM TV channel 10 in Appleton, MN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 26 KBIM TV channel 10 in Roswell, NM (CBS) begins broadcasting

Golden Globes

Feb 28 23rd Golden Globes: "Doctor Zhivago", Omar Sharif, & Samantha Eggar win

  • Mar 3 WRFT (now WVFT) TV channel 27 in Roanoke, VA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 5 Bob Seagren pole vaults 5.19m indoor world record

Film Release

Mar 14 British film "Born Free" based on the book "Born Free" by Joy Adamson released starring Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers

  • Mar 21 American medical drama series "Ben Casey", starring Vince Edwards and Sam Jaffe, ends a five season run on ABC-TV

Television Premiere

Mar 30 "Color Me Barbra", Barbra Streisand's second TV special and the first in color, premieres on CBS

  • Apr 2 WJET TV channel 24 in Erie, PA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 5 WTVX TV channel 34 in Ft Pierce-Vero Beach, FL (IND) 1st broadcast

Music Recording

Apr 11 Frank Sinatra records "Strangers in the Night" single for his album of the same name. Later reaches #1 Billboard charts

  • Apr 15 KHET TV channel 11 in Honolulu, HI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 20 WDCA TV channel 20 in Washington, D.C. (IND) begins broadcasting
  • May 3 WDHO (now WNWO) TV channel 24 in Toledo, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • May 17 KFDO (now KVIJ) TV channel 8 in Sayre, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • May 20 19th Cannes Film Festival: "A Man and a Woman" directed by Claude Lelouch and "The Birds, the Bees and the Italians" directed by Pietro Germi jointly awarded the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

Music Premiere

May 24 Jerry Herman's musical "Mame", starring Angela Lansbury and Bea Arthur, opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 1508 performances, wins 3 Tony Awards

  • May 25 "Au Hasard Balthazar", French film directed by Robert Bresson, starring Anne Wiazemsky and François Lafarge, is released
  • Jun 4 Novelty single "Batman & His Grandmother" by Dickie Goodman hits #70

TV Show Appearance

Jun 12 Dave Clark Five sets record as they appear for 12th time on "The Ed Sullivan Show"

Music History

Jun 16 Rowan & Martin host "The Dean Martin Show" Summer Series, on NBC-TV

Film Release

Jun 21 "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?", directed by Mike Nichols and based on the 1962 play of the same name, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, is released (Academy Awards Best Actress 1967)

  • Jun 24 16th Berlin International Film Festival: "Cul-de-Sac" wins the Golden Bear
  • Jun 27 Dark Shadows, American Gothic soap opera, premieres on ABC-TV
  • Jun 29 KBSC (now KVEA) TV channel 52 in Corona-Los Angeles, CA begins
  • Jul 1 1st color television transmission in Canada is broadcast from Toronto
  • Jul 23 Frank Sinatra's album "Strangers In The Night" hits #1 on the US charts, (Grammy for Record Of The Year and Best Male Vocal Performance)

Music Single

Jul 25 The Supremes release single "You Can't Hurry Love"

  • Jul 26 WRLH TV channel 31 in Lebanon, NH (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 28 27th Venice Film Festival: "The Battle of Algiers" directed by Gillo Pontecorvo wins Golden Lion
  • Aug 30 American medical drama series "Dr. Kildare", starring Richard Chamberlain and Raymond Massey, ends a five season run on NBC-TV
  • Aug 31 "The Battle of Algiers", directed by Gillo Pontecorvo, starring Jean Martin, Saadi Yacef, premieres at the Vienna International Film Festival
  • Sep 1 KIFW (now KTNL) TV channel 13 in Sitka, AK (CBS) begins broadcasting

Telethon

Sep 5 Jerry Lewis' 1st Muscular Dystrophy Labor Day telethon raises $1 million

  • Sep 5 WRLK TV channel 35 in Columbia, SC (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 7 KTNE TV channel 13 in Alliance, NB (PBS) begins broadcasting

Television Premiere

Sep 8 "Star Trek" premieres on NBC-TV starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy

  • Sep 8 "That Girl" starring Marlo Thomas premieres on ABC-TV
  • Sep 11 Rolling Stones 4th appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show"; perform 3 songs, including "Paint It Black"
  • Sep 12 "Monkees" premieres on NBC-TV
  • Sep 12 KPNE TV channel 9 in North Platte, NB (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 12 WCES TV channel 20 in Wrens, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 12 WUSF TV channel 16 in Tampa-St Petersburg, FL (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • Sep 17 "Mission Impossible" premieres on CBS-TV

Theater Premiere

Sep 22 Edward Albee's play "Delicate Balance" premieres in NYC (Pulitzer Prize for Drama 1967)

  • Sep 22 KMEB TV channel 10 in Wailuku, HI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 1 WAEO (now WJFW) TV channel 12 in Rhinelander, WI (NBC) begins

Film Release

Oct 18 "Persona", Swedish film directed by Ingmar Bergman, starring Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullmann, is released

  • Nov 2 KHSD TV channel 11 in Lead, SD (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 6 1st entire lineup televised in color (NBC)

Election of Interest

Nov 8 Movie actor Ronald Reagan elected Governor of California

  • Nov 13 American comedian Flip Wilson makes his debut appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show"; he returns 10 times [1]

Film Release

Nov 24 The cult classic "One Million Years B.C.", starring Raquel Welch, is released 1st in West Germany

  • Dec 3 Television pop group "The Monkees" make their live concert debut at the Honolulu International Centre Arena, in Hawaii
  • Dec 4 KETS TV channel 2 in Little Rock, AR (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film Premiere

Dec 12 "A Man for All Seasons" based on the play by Robert Bolt, directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Paul Scofield premieres in New York (Best Picture 1967)

Television Debut

Dec 18 Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" airs for 1st time on CBS

Film Premiere

Dec 21 Cult film "King of Hearts" (Le Roi de cœur) premieres directed by Philippe de Broca starring Alan Bates

  • Dec 22 WCVW TV channel 57 in Richmond, VA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 23 Britain's rock TV show "Ready Steady Go" last program