Events in Film & Television in 1969

  • Jan 6 WLIW TV channel 21 in Garden City, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 27 Actress Thelma Ritter suffers a heart attack (she dies Feb 5th)
  • Feb 1 WPGH TV channel 53 in Pittsburgh, PA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 2 KMST TV channel 46 in Monterey-Salinas, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 5 "Turn-On," debuts and cancelled by ABC after flopping so badly

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Feb 7 "This Is Tom Jones" debuts on ABC TV

Singer Tom Jones
Singer
Tom Jones
  • Feb 9 KGTO TV channel 36 in Fayetteville, AR (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 16 "Andrei Rublev", Russian film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, starring Anatoly Solonitsyn and Ivan Lapikov, premieres in Moscow after a limited release in 1966
  • Feb 23 WWVU (now WNPB) TV channel 24 in Morgantown, WV (PBS) 1st broadcast

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Feb 24 26th Golden Globes: "The Lion in Winter", Peter O'Toole, & Joanne Woodward win

Film release premierFilm Premier

Feb 24 "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" film based on novel by Muriel Spark directed by Ronald Neame, starring Maggie Smith (Academy Award Best Actress) premieres in London

Actress Maggie Smith
Actress
Maggie Smith
Author Muriel Spark
Author
Muriel Spark

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 12 11th Grammy Awards: "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" by Glen Campbell wins best record

Actor and Country Singer Glen Campbell
Actor and Country Singer
Glen Campbell
  • Mar 26 Marcus Welby MD, a TV movie is shown on ABC-TV
  • Mar 28 Greek poet and Nobel Prize laureate Giorgos Seferis makes a famous statement on the BBC World Service opposing the junta in Greece

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Apr 14 41st Academy Awards: "Oliver", Cliff Robertson & Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand win (1st ever tie for best actress)

Actress Katharine Hepburn
Actress
Katharine Hepburn
Actor Cliff Robertson
Actor
Cliff Robertson
Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Apr 14 KEET TV channel 13 in Eureka, CA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 18 Greek actress and activist Melina Mercouri establishes Greek Aid Fund
  • Apr 23 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Jim Chestney
  • Apr 28 4th Academy of Country Music Awards: Glen Campbell and Cathie Taylor win
  • Apr 30 WEDB TV channel 40 in Berlin, NH (PBS) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 11 British comedy troupe Monty Python forms, made up of Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin

Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese
Comedian and Actor Michael Palin
Comedian and Actor
Michael Palin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 16 Barbra Streisand appears at a Friars Club Tribute

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 23 BBC orders 13 episodes of Monty Python's Flying Circus

Comedian and Actor Michael Palin
Comedian and Actor
Michael Palin
Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese
  • May 23 22nd Cannes Film Festival: "If..." directed by Lindsay Anderson wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

Film release premierFilm Release

May 25 "Midnight Cowboy" directed by John Schlesinger and starring Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1970)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 27 Jerry Lewis Show second run, last airs on NBC-TV

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • Jun 3 Last episode of Star Trek airs on NBC (Turnabout Intruder)

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Jun 7 "Johnny Cash Show" debuts on ABC-TV

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash
  • Jun 8 "Smothers Brothers comedy Hour" last airs on CBS-TV
  • Jun 8 21st Emmy Awards: "Get Smart", Don Adams and Susan St James win
  • Jun 8 KDNL TV channel 30 in Saint Louis, MO (IND) begins broadcasting

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Jun 14 John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear on David Frost's British TV Show

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Jun 15 "Hee Haw" with Roy Clark & Buck Owens premieres on CBS TV

Film release premierFilm Release

Jun 18 "The Wild Bunch", directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring William Holden and Ernest Borgnine, is released

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 6 Filming begins on "Ned Kelly" starring Mick Jagger

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger

Film release premierFilm Release

Jul 14 "Easy Rider", directed by Dennis Hopper, starring himself, Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson, is released

  • Jul 14 WMUL (now WPBY) TV channel 33 in Huntington, WV (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • Jul 30 Barbra Streisand opens for Liberace at International Hotel, Las Vegas
  • Jul 30 KAEC TV channel 19 in Lufkin, Texas (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 31 KWIH TV channel 44 in Winona, MN (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 5 The UVF plant their first bomb in the Republic of Ireland, damaging the RTÉ Television Centre in Dublin
  • Aug 16 WATL TV channel 36 in Atlanta, GA begins broadcasting
  • Aug 22 Beatles record a video for "Long & Winding Road"
  • Aug 23 30th Venice Film Festival opens
  • Aug 29 KYUS TV channel 3 in Miles City, MT (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 1 Jerry Lewis' 4th Muscular Dystrophy telethon
  • Sep 9 WCVN TV channel 54 in Covington, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Sep 13 "Scooby-Doo Where are You" by Hanna-Barbera debuts on CBS in the US

Animator Joseph Barbera
Animator
Joseph Barbera
Animator William Hanna
Animator
William Hanna
  • Sep 22 "Music Scene" debuts on ABC-TV
  • Sep 23 1st broadcast of "Marcus Welby MD" on ABC-TV

Film release premierFilm Premier

Sep 23 "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" directed by George Roy Hill and starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford premieres

Actor & Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor & Entrepreneur
Paul Newman
Outlaw Butch Cassidy
Outlaw
Butch Cassidy
Actor Robert Redford
Actor
Robert Redford
  • Sep 29 "Bright Promise" TV Daytime Soap; debuts on NBC-TV
  • Sep 29 "Letters To Laugh-In" debuts on NBC-TV
  • Sep 29 "Love American Style" premieres on ABC-TV
  • Sep 29 "Name Droppers" debuts on NBC-TV
  • Sep 29 "Sale Of Century" debuts on NBC-TV
  • Oct 5 Monty Python's Flying Circus begins airing on BBC TV
  • Oct 6 WMPB TV channel 67 in Baltimore, MD (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 7 WJMN TV channel 3 in Escanaba, MI (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 20 WKYH (now WYMT) TV channel 57 in Hazard, KY (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 26 WHMA (now WJSU) TV channel 40 in Anniston, AL (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Oct 30 WXPO (now WNDS) TV channel 50 in Manchester, NH (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Nov 10 "Sesame Street" premieres on PBS TV
  • Nov 12 WJJY (now WJPT) TV channel 14 in Jacksonville, IL (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Nov 19 WENY TV channel 36 in Elmira, NY (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 21 KXIX (now KVCT) TV channel 19 in Victoria, TX (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Dec 16 "Hello Dolly" with Barbra Streisand premieres
  • Dec 18 "On Her Majesty's Secret Service", 6th James Bond Film starring George Lazenby and Diana Rigg, premieres in London