On This Day

Events in Film & TV on December 31

  • 1923 BBC begins using Big Ben chime ID

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1943 NYC's Times Square greets Frank Sinatra at Paramount Theater

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 1953 WFBC (now WYFF) TV channel 4 in G'ville-Spartanburg, SC (NBC) begins
  • 1962 "Match Game" debuts on NBC with host Gene Rayburn
  • 1963 Dear Abby show premieres on CBS radio (runs 11 years)
  • 1971 KAID TV channel 4 in Boise, ID (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1981 CNN Headline News debuts
  • 1982 CBS Mystery Theater final episode on radio after 8 years
  • 1982 NBC radio cancels almost all of its network daily features
  • 1990 Sci-Fi Channel on cable TV begins transmitting

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1993 Barbra Streisand does her 1st live public concert in 20 years

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1998 US movie box office hits record $6.24 billion for year
  • 2010 Post-apocalyptic zombie TV series "The Walking Dead" premieres, starring Andrew Lincoln and Jon Bernthal on AMC

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2017 Indian movie star Rajinikanth announces he is entering politics

Actor and Politician Rajinikanth
Actor and Politician
Rajinikanth