Events in Film & Television in 1967

  • Jan 1 WABW TV channel 14 in Pelham, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 3 WJAN TV channel 17 in Canton, OH (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 5 KLXA (now KTBN) TV channel 40 in Fontana-San Ana, CA (IND) begins

Television Finale

Jan 6 "Milton Berle Show" last airs on ABC-TV

  • Jan 6 KHTV TV channel 39 in Houston, TX (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 12 NBC revival of Jack Webb's police drama "Dragnet", now broadcast in color, debuts; runs through 1970

TV Show Appearance

Jan 15 Rolling Stones appear for the fifth time on the Ed Sullivan Show, reluctantly agree to alter lyrics of "Let's Spend The Night Together" [1] [2]

  • Jan 29 WDAZ TV channel 8 in Devils Lake, ND (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 1 WCLP TV channel 18 in Chatsworth, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 5 "Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" premieres on CBS (later ABC, NBC)

Golden Globes

Feb 15 24th Golden Globes: A Man for All Seasons, Paul Scofield, & Anouk Aimee win

  • Mar 1 WMET (now WHSW) TV channel 24 in Baltimore, MD (IND) 1st broadcast

Grammy Awards

Mar 2 9th Grammy Awards: "Strangers in the Night" by Frank Sinatra wins best record, "Michele" by The Beatles best song

  • Mar 5 WEDN TV channel 53 in Norwich, CT (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 6 WACS TV channel 25 in Dawson, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 15 WSJK TV channel 2 in Sneedville/Knoxville, Tennessee (PBS) 1st broadcast

Music Single

Mar 20 The Supremes release single "The Happening"

  • Mar 20 WOET (now WPTD) TV channel 16 in Dayton, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film Premiere

Mar 21 Musical comedy film "Thoroughly Modern Millie", starring Julie Andrews, Mary Tyler Moore, and Carol Channing, premieres at the Criterion Theatre, NYC

  • Mar 29 WCMU TV channel 14 in Mt. Pleasant, MI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 3 WNYE TV channel 25 in Brooklyn, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 9 Shortwave broadcaster Radio NY Worldwide's transmitter burns down

Academy Awards

Apr 10 39th Academy Awards: "A Man For All Seasons," Best Picture, Elizabeth Taylor & Paul Scofield best actress/actor

Theater Premiere

Apr 11 Tom Stoppard's play "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead" debuts in London at the Old Vic

Film Premiere

Apr 19 "Casino Royale" James Bond comedy film starring David Niven and Peter Sellers premieres. Based on the Ian Fleming novel.

  • Apr 26 KSPS TV channel 7 in Spokane, WA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 12 20th Cannes Film Festival: "Blowup" directed by Michelangelo Antonioni wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • May 20 BBC bans the Beatles' "A Day in the Life" because of drug references

Emmy Awards

Jun 4 19th Emmy Awards: "Mission Impossible", "The Monkees", Don Knotts & Lucille Ball win

  • Jun 4 KTVN TV channel 2 in Reno, NV (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 5 WSBE TV channel 36 in Providence, RI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 9 The Monkees appear at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 10 American pole vaulter Bob Seagren sets a world record mark of 17'7" in San Diego, California

Film Premiere

Jun 12 "You Only Live Twice", 5th James Bond film starring Sean Connery, screenplay by Roald Dahl, premieres in London

Television Premiere

Jun 14 "The Steve Allen Comedy Hour" premieres on CBS-TV

Film Release

Jun 14 British film "To Sir, with Love" directed by James Clavell and starring Sidney Poitier is 1st released in the US

Film Release

Jun 15 "The Dirty Dozen", based on E. M. Nathanson's novel, directed by Robert Aldrich and starring Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine and Charles Bronson is released in the US

Music Concert

Jun 17 Barbra Streisand: "A Happening in Central Park" concert performance for audience of 135,000

  • Jun 23 17th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Departure" wins the Golden Bear
  • Jun 25 First global satellite television program: "Our World" broadcast features 19 acts representing 19 nations including The Beatles singing "All You Need Is Love"
  • Jun 25 KPBS TV channel 15 in San Diego, CA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 1 1st British colour TV broadcast, on BBC 2
  • Jul 1 BBC starts its World Radio Club
  • Jul 9 WRET TV channel 36 in Charlotte, North Carolina (NBC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 11 "The Newlywed Game" premieres in the US on ABC TV

Musical Finale

Jul 15 Neil Simon, Cy Coleman, and Dorothy Fields' musical comedy "Sweet Charity" closes at Palace Theater, NYC, after 608 performances; wins a Tony Award for choreography

  • Aug 1 WBRA TV channel 15 in Roanoke, VA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 2 "In the Heat of the Night" directed by Norman Jewison, based on John Ball's novel of the same name, starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger premieres in New York (Academy Awards Best Picture 1968)
  • Aug 9 KYAY TV channel 39 in West Monroe, LA (IND) begins broadcasting

Film Release

Aug 13 "Bonnie and Clyde" crime film directed by Arthur Penn and starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, is released

  • Aug 13 WQLN TV channel 54 in Erie, Pennsylvania (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film & TV History

Aug 14 Celebrity hairdresser Vidal Sassoon cuts actress Mia Farrow's hair into the famous pixie cut, costing $5,000. In reality, just a publicity stunt, Farrow had previously cut her own hair.

  • Aug 16 WFIQ TV channel 36 in Florence, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 26 28th Venice Film Festival: "Belle de Jour" directed by Luis Bunuel wins Golden Lion
  • Aug 27 Naomi Sims is 1st black model on US cover (Fashion of the Times)
  • Aug 28 WCBS-AM (880) radio in NYC begins its all-news format; the AM station was knocked off the air just beforehand, moving the debut to the FM sister station (101.1)
  • Aug 29 Final TV episode of "The Fugitive" starring David Janssen watched by 78 million people
  • Sep 1 KMNE TV channel 7 in Bassett, NB (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 1 WIRT TV channel 13 in Hibbing, MN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 1 WJRJ (WTCG, WTBS) TV channel 17 in Atlanta, GA (IND) begins
  • Sep 2 KUHI (now KSNF) TV channel 16 in Joplin, MO (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 3 WJPM TV channel 33 in Florence, SC (PBS) begins broadcasting

Telethon

Sep 4 Jerry Lewis' 2nd Muscular Dystrophy telethon

  • Sep 5 KMEG TV channel 14 in Sioux City, IA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 5 WEBA TV channel 14 in Allendale, SC (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 9 Debra Dene Barnes (Kansas), 20, crowned 40th Miss America 1968
  • Sep 10 KVVU TV channel 5 in Henderson-Las Vegas, NV (IND) begins broadcasting

Television Premiere

Sep 11 "The Carol Burnett Show" starring Carol Burnett premieres on CBS-TV in the US

  • Sep 11 WSRE TV channel 23 in Pensacola, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 11 WUNE TV channel 17 in Linville, NC (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 11 WUNF TV channel 33 in Asheville, NC (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 11 WUNG TV channel 58 in Concord, NC (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 15 KPOB TV channel 15 in Poplar Bluff, MO (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 16 KPAZ TV channel 21 in Phoenix, AZ (IND) begins broadcasting

TV Show Appearance

Sep 17 American rock band "The Doors" appear for 1st and last time on "The Ed Sullivan Show"; singer Jim Morrison reneges on promise to change a lyric, prompting producers to offer no further invitations [1]

  • Sep 20 WCAE TV channel 50 in St John, IN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 20 WCIX TV channel 6 in Miami, FL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 25 WGBX TV channel 44 in Boston, MA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 30 BBC starts its own popular music radio station (Radio 1)
  • Oct 1 KBFI (now KDAF) TV channel 33 in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (IND) begins
  • Oct 3 KGSC (now KICU) TV channel 36 in San Jose, CA (IND) begins
  • Oct 13 CBS radio cancels "House Party"
  • Oct 16 WETK TV channel 33 in Burlington, VT (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 16 WGNO TV channel 26 in New Orleans, LA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 17 Barbra Streisand stars on "Belle of 14th Street" special on CBS

Film Release

Oct 18 Walt Disney's animated musical adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book" film is released; cast featured Phil Harris, Louis Prima, Sterling Holloway, and Sebastian Cabot

  • Oct 20 A purported bigfoot is filmed at Bluff Creek by Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin in Northern California
  • Oct 20 KMXN (now KJTV) TV channel 34 in Lubbock, TX (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 31 KIMO TV channel 13 in Anchorage, AK (ABC) begins broadcasting

Film Release

Nov 1 "Cool Hand Luke", starring Paul Newman, George Kennedy, and Strother Martin, is released

  • Nov 10 KXNE TV channel 19 in Norfolk, NB (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 15 WLTV TV channel 23 in Miami, FL (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 19 The establishment of TVB, the first wireless commercial television station in Hong Kong
  • Nov 22 BBC unofficially bans "I Am the Walrus" by Beatles, due to the suggestive lyric “Boy, you've been a naughty girl you let your knickers down."
  • Dec 10 CBS officially renames CBS-TV Studio 50 in New York (built in 1927 as Hammerstein's Theatre), as "The Ed Sullivan Theater" in celebration of the 20th anniversary of his program

Film Premiere

Dec 11 "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner", directed by Stanley Kramer, starring Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier and Katharine Hepburn, premieres in NYC (Hepburn - Academy Award for Best Actress 1968)

  • Dec 16 "Playtime", French film directed by Jacques Tati, starring himself, is released
  • Dec 17 WEDW TV channel 49 in Bridgeport, Connecticut (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film Premiere

Dec 22 "The Graduate", American comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols, starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft, premieres (Best Director, 1968)

Engagement of Interest

Dec 25 Beatle Paul McCartney and British actress Jane Asher get engaged; engagement publicly broken six months later

  • Dec 26 BBC broadcasts The Beatles psychedelic travelogue "Magical Mystery Tour"
  • Dec 28 KTSB (now KSNT) TV channel 27 in Topeka, KS (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 29 Star Trek's "Trouble With Tribbles" 1st airs