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
  • 1956 Phil Rizzuto signs as NY Yankee 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

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

Actor and Comedian Peter Sellers
Actor and Comedian
Peter Sellers
Composer and Conductor Henry Mancini
Composer and Conductor
Henry Mancini
Actor David Niven
Actor
David Niven
  • 1964 "The Pink Panther" cartoon series premieres (Pink Phink)

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

Children's Author Dr. Seuss
Children's Author
Dr. Seuss
  • 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

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1976 "A Star is Born" film directed by Frank Pierson with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, premieres

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1976 "Wonder Woman" debuts on ABC

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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 "Comedy Tonight" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 8 performances

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

Actress Liv Tyler
Actress
Liv Tyler

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

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

Actress Zoe Saldana
Actress
Zoe Saldana
Film Director James Cameron
Film Director
James Cameron
Actress Sigourney Weaver
Actress
Sigourney Weaver