Events in Film & Television in 1971

  • Jan 12 "All in the Family" premieres on CBS featuring 1st toilet flush on TV

Pro Wrestling

Jan 18 Ivan Koloff beats Bruno Sammartino in New York, to become WWWF champ

  • Jan 21 "Alias Smith & Jones" premieres on ABC TV
  • Jan 25 WHMB TV channel 40 in Indianapolis, IN (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 3 KTSC TV channel 8 in Pueblo-Colorado Spgs, CO (PBS) 1st broadcast

Golden Globes

Feb 5 28th Golden Globes: "Love Story", George C. Scott, & Ali MacGraw win

  • Feb 8 Pedro Morales beats Ivan Koloff in NY, to become WWF wrestling champ
  • Feb 9 5 men are killed near a BBC transmitter on Brougher Mountain, County Tyrone, in a landmine attack carried out by the Irish Republican Army
  • Feb 9 Probably 1st gay theme TV episode - All in the Family
  • Feb 14 Movie "Ben Hur" 1st shown on television

Television Debut

Feb 19 British TV chat show "Parkinson" debuts on BBC1 presented by Michael Parkinson

  • Feb 20 National Emergency Center erroneously orders US radio & TV stations to go off the air. Mistake wasn't resolved for 30 minutes
  • Feb 28 WDRB TV channel 41 in Louisville, Kentucky (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 16 KDCD TV channel 18 in Midland, TX (IND) suspends broadcasting
  • Mar 21 WCPB TV channel 28 in Salisbury, MD (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 26 "Cannon" starring William Conrad as a private detective premieres on CBS-TV; airs for 5 seasons

Film & TV History

Mar 28 Last original edition of "The Ed Sullivan Show" broadcasts on CBS-TV

  • Mar 29 WSVN (now WSBN) TV channel 47 in Norton, VA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 2 Dark Shadows, American Gothic supernatural soap opera, concludes an almost 5 year run on ABC
  • Apr 5 WNJT TV channel 52 in Trenton, New Jersey (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 7 WCJB TV channel 20 in Gainesville, FL (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting 3-judge US Circuit Court of Appeals

Music Single

Apr 9 Ringo Starr releases single "It Don't Come Easy" in the UK

  • Apr 11 WBFF TV channel 45 in Baltimore, MD (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 15 43rd Academy Awards: "Patton", George C Scott & Glenda Jackson win

Murder of Interest

Apr 19 Charles Manson sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Sharon Tate

Cannes Film Festival

May 27 24th Cannes Film Festival: "The Go-Between" directed by Joseph Losey wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

  • May 31 WDXR (now WKPD) TV channel 29 in Paducah, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 6 Final broadcast of "The Ed Sullivan Show" (a repeat from 7 February) on CBS-TV
  • Jun 6 WHAE (now WGNX) TV channel 46 in Atlanta, Georgia (CBN) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 23 WTVP TV channel 47 in Peoria, IL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 26 21st Berlin International Film Festival: "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" wins the Golden Bear
  • Jul 24 WUHQ TV channel 41 in Battle Creek, MI (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 28 Dutch ends censorship of "Blue Movie"

Television Debut

Aug 1 "The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour" debuts on CBS-TV, with comic actor and singer Jimmy Durante as guest

  • Aug 1 CBS presents the first episode of BBC production "The Six Wives of Henry VIII", continuing weekly until September 5th

Music Concert

Aug 1 George Harrison's benefit concerts for Bangladesh (2 shows) take place at Madison Square Garden, NYC; performers include Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Ravi Shankar, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, and Leon Russell

  • Aug 5 WNPE TV channel 16 in Watertown, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 6 3rd San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Muir College, University of California
  • Aug 23 WGTU TV channel 29 in Traverse City, MI (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 25 32nd Venice Film Festival opens
  • Aug 30 WNPI TV channel 18 in Norwood, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting

Telethon

Sep 6 Jerry Lewis' 6th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $8,125,387

TV Show Appearance

Sep 9 John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear on Dick Cavett Show (ABC-TV)

  • Sep 10 KVUE TV channel 24 in Austin, Texas (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 11 Laurel Lea Schaefer (Ohio), 22, crowned 44th Miss America 1972
  • Sep 13 WIIQ TV channel 41 in Demopolis, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 15 1st broadcast of "Columbo" starring Peter Falk on NBC
  • Sep 26 WGBY TV channel 57 in Springfield, MA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 29 "McMillan & Wife" debuts on NBC-TV
  • Oct 1 Walt Disney World opens in Bay Lake, Florida
  • Oct 4 Borden's opens a turn-of-century ice cream parlor at Disney World
  • Oct 4 KMPH TV channel 26 in Visalia-Fresno, CA (IND) begins broadcasting

Film Premiere

Oct 7 "The French Connection" directed by William Friedkin and starring Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider and Fernando Rey premieres in the US (Academy Awards Best Picture 1972)

  • Oct 13 WTZH TV channel 24 in Meridian, MS (CBS) suspends broadcasting

Music Premiere

Oct 20 Melvin Van Peebles' musical "Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death" opens at Barrymore Theater, NYC; runs for 325 performances

  • Oct 23 WXLT (now WWSB) TV channel 40 in Sarasota-Bradenton, FL (ABC) begins

Film Premiere

Oct 29 Frank Zappa's musical mockumentary "200 Motels", starring The Mothers of Invention, Theodore Bikel, and Ringo Starr premieres in Beverly Hills, California

Film & TV History

Nov 11 Neil Simon's "Prisoner of Second Avenue" premieres in NYC

  • Nov 19 Disney World's Fort Wilderness opens
  • Nov 29 1st pro golf championship at Walt Disney World

Television Premiere

Nov 30 Emmy and Peabody Award-winning TV movie "Brian's Song", about the friendship of Chicago Bears football teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers (based on Sayers' autobiography) premieres on ABC, starring James Caan and Billie Dee Williams

  • Dec 5 KCBJ (now KMIZ) TV channel 17 in Columbia, MO (ABC) 1st broadcast

Film & TV History

Dec 10 Lucasfilm Ltd. is founded as a film and television production company by George Lucas in San Francisco, California

  • Dec 14 U.S. premiere of "Nicholas and Alexandra", film adaptation of Robert K. Massie's best selling novel
  • Dec 17 "Diamonds are Forever", 7th James Bond film, last starring Sean Conner, also starring Jill St. John is 1st released in West Germany
  • Dec 18 1st Candlelight Processional at the EPCOT Center, Disney World
  • Dec 18 CBS radio cancels Saturday morning band concerts
  • Dec 19 CBS airs "Homecoming A Christmas Story," (introducing the Waltons)

A Clockwork Orange

Dec 19 Stanley Kubrick's X-rated film "A Clockwork Orange" based on the book by Anthony Burgess and starring Malcolm McDowell premieres

  • Dec 22 KUAC TV channel 9 in Fairbanks/College, AK (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 31 KAID TV channel 4 in Boise, ID (PBS) begins broadcasting