Events in Film & TV on December 18

  • 1948 WDSU TV channel 6 in New Orleans, LA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 KATV TV channel 7 in Little Rock, AR (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 KMID TV channel 2 in Midland & Odessa, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1956 "To Tell the Truth" debuts on CBS-TV

Radio History

1956 Phil Rizzuto signs as NY Yankees radio-TV announcer

  • 1961 KAIL TV channel 53 in Fresno, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1962 WAIQ TV channel 26 in Montgomery, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film Premiere

1963 "The Pink Panther" film premieres, directed by Blake Edwards and starring Peter Sellers and David Niven, with theme by Henry Mancini

  • 1964 "The Pink Panther" cartoon series premieres (Pink Phink)

Television Debut

1966 Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" airs for 1st time on CBS

Film Premiere

1968 Musical-fantasy film "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", co-written by Roald Dahl and director Ken Hughes, starring Dick Van Dyke and Sally Ann Howes, with songs by Sherman and Sherman, premieres in NYC

  • 1969 "On Her Majesty's Secret Service", 6th James Bond Film starring George Lazenby and Diana Rigg, premieres in London
  • 1971 1st Candlelight Processional at the EPCOT Center, Disney World
  • 1971 CBS radio cancels Saturday morning band concerts
  • 1976 "Wonder Woman" debuts on ABC

Film Premiere

1976 Second remake of "A Star is Born" film, directed by Frank Pierson and starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, premieres

Film Premiere

1984 "A Christmas Carol" directed by Clive Donner starring George C. Scott premieres in the US

  • 1991 DeForest Kelly (Dr McCoy on Star Trek) gets a star in Hollywood
  • 1994 Stand-up comedy revue "Comedy Tonight" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, NYC; runs for 9 performances

Film Premiere

2002 "The Hours" premieres in the US, based on the novel by Michael Cunningham and starring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman

Film Release

2002 "The Two Towers", 2nd of the Lord of the Rings films is released. Makes US$62 opening weekend and $926 million total worldwide.

Film Release

2009 James Cameron's "Avatar" starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver, released in the US, becomes highest-grossing film of all time