Events in Film & TV on October 18

  • 1922 British Broadcasting Company (BBC) founded, later called British Broadcasting Corporation
  • 1953 WLJT TV channel 11 in Lexington, TN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 WTVK TV channel 26 in Knoxville, TN (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 WBTW TV channel 13 in Florence, SC (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 WNBC radio changes call letters to WRCA (NYC)

Film Release

1961 Film adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical "West Side Story", directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, and starring Natalie Wood, debuts (Academy Award - Best Picture, 1962)

Film Release

1966 "Persona", Swedish film directed by Ingmar Bergman, starring Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullmann, is released

Film Release

1967 Walt Disney's animated musical adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book" film is released; cast featured Phil Harris, Louis Prima, Sterling Holloway, and Sebastian Cabot

Film & TV History

1975 Simon & Garfunkel reunite on "Saturday Night Live", sing "My Little Town"

  • 1980 Bernard Slade's stage comedy "Romantic Comedy", closes at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, NYC, after for 396 performances
  • 1980 Brooke Alexander, 18, of Hawaii, crowned Miss World USA

Television Premiere

1988 "Roseanne" TV comedy starring Roseanne Barr, John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf premieres in the US on ABC

Film Release

1991 "My Own Private Idaho" directed and written by Gus van Sant starring River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves is released

Film & TV History

2012 Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen are honoured for their work with fashion label The Row at the WSJ Magazine's Innovator Of The Year Awards in New York City

Film Premiere

2021 Marvel film "Eternals" directed by Chloé Zhao, starring an ensemble cast including Gemma Chan, Richard Madden and Angelina Jolie premieres in Los Angeles