Events in Film & TV on December 24

  • 1860 Actor Joseph Jefferson's dramatization of "Rip Van Winkle" premieres in NYC
  • 1922 BBC broadcasts first British radio play "The Truth about Father Christmas"
  • 1951 1st opera commissioned for television - "Amahl and the Night Visitors" by Gian Carlo Menotti premieres on NBC with the NBC Opera Theater
  • 1953 KHOL (now KHGI) TV channel 13 in Kearney, NB (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 KOA (now KCNC) TV channel 4 in Denver, CO (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 WATU (now WAGT) TV channel 26 in Augusta, GA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1970 Walt Disney releases animated musical "The Aristocats" featuring voices of Phil Harris, Eva Gabor, Hermione Baddeley, Sterling Holloway, and Scatman Crothers