Events in Film & TV on December 31

  • 1923 BBC begins using Big Ben chime ID
  • 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 cable TV channel debuts in US
  • 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

Music Concert

1993 Barbra Streisand performs her 1st public concert in 20 years before a sell-out crows of over 25,000 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada

  • 1998 US movie box office hits record $6.24 billion for year

Film & TV History

2017 Indian movie star Rajinikanth announces he is entering politics