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Events in Film & TV

Events 1 - 100 of 483

  • 1921-03-21 Walter Kerr Theater (Ritz, CBS, NBC, ABC) opens at 223 W 48th St NYC
  • 1926-12-10 1st radio broadcast in the Sprinfield area (WCBS)
  • 1927-01-11 Royale Theater (Golden, CBS Radio Playhouse) opens at 242 W 45th NYC
  • 1929-01-03 27 year old William S Paley becomes CBS president
  • 1929-01-08 CBS radio network buys WABC in NYC
  • 1929-09-02 WOR (NYC) ends affiliation with CBS radio network
  • 1930-09-29 Lowell Thomas made debuts on CBS Radio replacing Floyd Gibbons
  • 1931-05-01 Singer Kate Smith begins her long-running radio program on CBS
  • 1932-10-11 1st political telecast (Democratic National Committee) at CBS, NYC
  • 1932-10-20 Journalist Robert Trout joins CBS
  • 1932-11-07 1st broadcast of "Buck Rogers in the 25th century" on CBS-radio
  • 1936-09-28 Bachelor's Children debuts on CBS radio (at 9:45 am)
  • 1938-03-13 World News Roundup is broadcast for the first time on CBS Radio in the United States.
  • 1939-11-06 WRGB TV channel 6 in Schenectady-Alby-Troy, NY (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1940-01-22 1st radio broadcast of "Road to Happiness" on CBS
  • 1940-03-23 1st radio broadcast of "Truth or Consequences" on CBS
  • 1940-04-21 1st $64 Question, "Take It or Leave It," on CBS Radio
  • 1940-04-29 1st radio broadcast of "Young Dr Malone" on CBS
  • 1940-09-04 CBS begins broadcasting TV as station W2XAB
  • 1941-07-01 1st commercial TV licenses granted-W2XBS-WNBT (NBC) & WCBW (CBS), NYC
  • 1941-07-01 WCBW (now WCBS) TV channel 2 in NY, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1942-08-09 CBS radio broadcasts the debut of "Our Secret Weapon."

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1943-03-27 Blue Ribbon Town (with Groucho Marx) 1st heard on CBS Radio

Comedian Groucho Marx
Groucho Marx
  • 1944-10-08 "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" debut on CBS radio
  • 1945-04-30 "Arthur Godfrey Time" begins a 27 year run on CBS radio
  • 1946-09-29 "Adventures of Sam Spade" debuts on CBS Radio
  • 1946-11-01 WABC becomes WCBS radio in NYC
  • 1947-02-19 CBS radio premiere of Villa-Lobos' "Bachianas Brasilieras No 3"
  • 1948-01-18 Ted Mack's "Original Amateur Hour" begins, DuMont (later NBC/ABC/CBS)
  • 1948-02-06 KNXT (now KCBS) TV channel 2 in Los Angeles, CA (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1948-03-11 WBAL TV channel 11 in Baltimore, MD (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1948-03-15 WCAU TV channel 10 in Philadelphia, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1948-03-20 1st live televised musical Eugene Ormandy on CBS followed in 90
  • 1948-04-22 WTVR TV channel 6 in Richmond, VA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1948-05-03 1st broadcast of "CBS Evening News" - longest running network news show in the US
  • 1948-05-14 WBEN (now WIVB) TV channel 4 in Buffalo, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1948-05-16 CBS news correspondent George Polk's body is found in Greece
  • 1948-06-20 "Toast of the Town" hosted by Ed Sullivan premieres on CBS-TV
  • 1948-06-21 WNAC (now WHDH) TV channel 7 in Boston, MA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1948-07-26 1st black host of a network show-CBS' Bob Howard Show
  • 1948-10-24 WJBK TV channel 2 in Detroit, MI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1948-12-11 WHEN (now WTVH) TV channel 5 in Syracuse, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1948-12-22 KPIX TV channel 5 in San Francisco, California (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-01-02 KDKA TV channel 2 in Pittsburgh, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-01-10 1st Jewish family show "Goldbergs" premieres on CBS
  • 1949-01-12 "Arthur Godfrey & his Friends" premieres on CBS TV
  • 1949-01-16 WTOP (now WUSA) TV channel 9 in Washington, D.C. (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1949-01-17 "The Goldbergs", first airs in the US on CBS
  • 1949-01-18 "They Stand Accused" courtroom drama premieres on CBS (later DuMont)
  • 1949-01-26 WHIO TV channel 7 in Dayton, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-03-08 WAGA TV channel 5 in Atlanta, GA (CBS) begins broadcasting

  • 1949-03-16 KFMB TV channel 8 in San Diego, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-03-21 WTVJ TV channel 4 in Miami, FL (NBC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-04-03 KQW-AM in San Francisco CA changes call letters to KCBS
  • 1949-06-01 KSL TV channel 5 in Salt Lake City, UT (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-06-06 "It Pays To Be Ignorant" game show debut on CBS-TV
  • 1949-07-01 WCCO TV channel 4 in Minneapolis-St Paul, MN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-07-02 "Red Barber's Clubhouse" sports show premieres on CBS (later NBC) TV
  • 1949-07-15 WBTV TV channel 3 in Charlotte, NC (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-07-26 WCPO TV channel 9 in Cincinnati, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-09-01 KMTV TV channel 3 in Omaha, NB (CBS/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-09-15 WJXT TV channel 4 in Jacksonville, FL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-09-22 WFMY TV channel 2 in Greensboro-High Point, NC (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1949-09-29 "Front Page" debuts on CBS-TV
  • 1949-09-29 "Inside USA With Chevrolet" debuts on CBS-TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1949-10-05 WBNS TV channel 10 in Columbus, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • 1949-11-30 KOTV TV channel 6 in Tulsa, OK (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-12-01 WBNG TV channel 12 in Binghamton, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-12-03 KRLD (now KDFW) TV channel 4 in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (CBS) begins
  • 1949-12-19 WJW TV channel 8 in Cleveland, Ohio (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1950-02-02 1st broadcast of "What's My Line" on CBS-TV
  • 1950-02-15 KENS TV channel 5 in San Antonio, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1950-02-16 Longest-running prime-time game show, "What's My Line" begins on CBS
  • 1950-03-27 WHAS TV channel 11 in Louisville, Kentucky (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1950-04-02 WTAR (now WTKR) TV channel 3 in Norfolk, VA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1950-05-01 WJIM (now WLNS) TV channel 6 in Lansing, MI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1950-06-01 WKZO (now WWMT) TV channel 3 in Kalamazoo, MI (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1950-07-01 WHBF TV channel 4 in Rock Island, IL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1950-07-10 "Your Hit Parade" premieres on NBC (later CBS) TV
  • 1950-07-20 "Arthur Murray Party" premieres on ABC TV (later DuMont, CBS, NBC)
  • 1950-10-11 The U.S. Federal Communications Commission issues the first license to broadcast television in color, to CBS
  • 1951-06-25 1st color TV broadcast-CBS' Arthur Godfrey from NYC to 4 cities
  • 1951-06-28 "Amos 'n' Andy" premieres on CBS TV
  • 1951-07-14 1st color telecast of a sporting event (CBS-horse race)
  • 1951-08-11 1st televised baseball game in color, on WCBS in New York City (Boston Braves beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 8-1)
  • 1951-09-03 TV soap opera "Search for Tomorrow" debuts on CBS
  • 1951-09-09 1st broadcast of "Love of Life" on CBS-TV
  • 1951-09-19 1st broadcast of "Search for Tomorrow" on CBS-TV
  • 1951-09-29 1st color telecast of football game on network, Philadelphia (CBS)

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1951-10-15 "I Love Lucy", starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, debuts on CBS

Actor Desi Arnaz
Desi Arnaz
Actress and Comedian Lucille Ball
Actress and Comedian
Lucille Ball
  • 1952-06-19 "I've Got A Secret" debuts on CBS-TV with Garry Moore as host
  • 1952-11-13 KLBK TV channel 13 in Lubbock, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1952-11-27 KTBC TV channel 7 in Austin, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1952-12-07 KKTV TV channel 11 in Colorado Spgs-Pueblo, CO (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1952-12-14 KROD (now KDBC) TV channel 4 in El Paso, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1952-12-21 WSBT TV channel 22 in South Bend, IN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-01-06 WKBN TV channel 27 in Youngstown, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-01-13 KOLD TV channel 13 in Tucson, AZ (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-01-16 KXLY TV channel 4 in Spokane, WA (ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-01-25 WABI TV channel 5 in Bangor, ME (CBS) begins broadcasting

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1900-08-17 Quincy Howe, newscaster (CBS Weekend News), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1901-09-28 William Samuel Paley, American president and CEO of CBS (1928-90), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1990)
  • 1906-03-29 E. Power Biggs, English organist and composer (CBS), born in Westcliff-on-Sea, England (d. 1977)
  • 1907-09-14 Cecil Brown, news correspondent (CBS)
  • 1908-03-20 Frank Stanton, Muskegon Mich, broadcasting executive (CBS)
  • 1912-11-26 Eric Sevareid, Velva ND, newscaster (CBS Weekend News)
  • 1915-03-15 David Schoenbrun, CBS broadcast bureau head (Wash, Paris)
  • 1916-08-31 Daniel Schorr, American broadcast journalist (CBS), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2010)

Person of interestWalter Cronkite

1916-11-04 Walter Cronkite, American broadcast journalist and news anchor (CBS Evening News 1962-81), born in St Joseph, Missouri (d. 2009)

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite
  • 1917-06-04 Charles Collingwood, Mich, news commentator (CBS, Chronicles)
  • 1917-07-14 Douglas Edwards, Alda Oklahoma, newscaster (CBS Evening News, FYI)
  • 1919-01-14 Andy Rooney, CBS news correspondent (60 Minutes), born in Albany, New York
  • 1920-01-14 George Herman, newsman (CBS-TV)
  • 1921-09-14 Hughes Rudd, TV newscaster (CBS/ABC)
  • 1922-02-05 Bernard Kalb, American journalist, moderator, lecturer and author, one of the most respected broadcast journalists of his time (CBS News, NYT, Times), born in NYC, New York
  • 1922-12-14 Don Hewitt, American CBS news executive producer (60 Minutes), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestHarry Reasoner

1923-04-17 Harry Reasoner, American newscaster (60 Minutes, ABC, CBS), born in Dakota City, Iowa (d. 1991)

Journalist Harry Reasoner
Harry Reasoner
  • 1924-05-18 Jack Whitaker, sportscaster (ABC, CBS), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1927-01-27 Nancy Dickerson, pioneering American radio and TV journalist (NBC, CBS), born in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin (d. 1997)
  • 1928-02-09 Roger Mudd, American news anchor (CBS Weekend News, NBC Evening News), born in Washington, D.C.

Person of interestPat Summerall

1930-05-10 Pat Summerall, American NFL player (NY Giants) and CBS sportscaster, born in Lake City, Florida (d. 2013)

CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster Pat Summerall
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster
Pat Summerall
  • 1930-06-09 Marvin Kalb, American educator/newscaster (CBS/NBC, Meet the Press), born in NYC, New York
  • 1931-10-06 Fred Graham, newscaster/journalist (CBS News, Court TV)
  • 1931-10-31 Daniel "Dan" Rather, American news anchor (CBS Evening News, 60 Minutes), born in Wharton, Texas
  • 1932-02-01 John Hart, American TV journalist (CBS News Retrospective, NBC News), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1933-01-08 Charles Osgood, American news anchor (CBS Weekend News), born in NYC, New York
  • 1935-01-09 Richard "Dick" Enberg, American sportscaster (NBC, CBS, ESPN), born in Mt Clemens, Michigan (d. 2017)
  • 1935-08-22 Morton Dean, American TV newscaster (CBS, ABC), born in Fall River, Massachusetts

Person of interestJohn Madden

1936-04-10 John Madden, NFL coach (Oakland Raiders) and sports commentator (CBS, FOX), born in Austin, Minnesota

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • 1936-05-09 Terry Drinkwater, TV newsman (CBS)
  • 1936-12-27 Lee Salk, Russian-American child psychologist and author, born in New York, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1937-02-25 Bob Schieffer, newscaster (CBS Weekend News), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1937-04-27 Phil Jones, newsman (CBS)
  • 1937-09-13 Fred Silverman, broadcasting exec (ABC/NBC/CBS)
  • 1937-11-11 Warner Wolf, sportscaster (WABC-TV, WCBS-TV), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1938-03-23 Christopher Glenn, American news anchor (CBS Nightwatch), born in NYC, New York
  • 1939-05-26 Brent Musburger, sportscaster (CBS-TV)
  • 1939-07-27 Irv Cross, NFL sportscaster (CBS-TV)
  • 1940-02-25 Billy Packer, Wellsville NY, basketball sportscaster (CBS)
  • 1940-05-22 Bernard Shaw, news correspondant (CBS, CNN)
  • 1941-06-22 Ed Bradley, Journalist and CBS news correspondent (60 Minutes), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1941-07-01 Sally Quinn, Georgia, CBS newscaster (Morning Show)
  • 1941-10-16 Tim McCarver, baseball catcher (Phils, Mets)/sportscaster (ABC, CBS)
  • 1941-12-03 Mary Alice, Indianola MS, newscaster (CBS, Lettie-Different World)
  • 1941-12-16 Lesley Stahl, newscaster/correspondent (CBS)
  • 1942-01-05 Charlie Rose, American TV host (CBS This Morning), born in Henderson, North Carolina
  • 1943-07-12 Ernie Anastos, Nashua NH, news anchor (WCBS, WABC)
  • 1946-05-03 Greg Gumbel, American sportscaster (CBS TV, WFAN), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1946-08-20 Connie Chung [Constance Yu-Hwa Chung Povich], American news anchor (NBC, CBS), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1947-09-28 Harold Dow, news correspondent (CBS, 48 Hours), born in Hackensack, New York
  • 1948-09-02 Terry Bradshaw, NFL quarterback (Pittsburgh Steelers)/announcer (CBS, FOX)
  • 1948-11-25 Storm Field, [Elliot], NY, weatherman (WABC TV, WCBS TV)
  • 1949-06-25 Phyllis George-Brown, Miss America (1971)/sportscaster (CBS), born in Denton, Texas
  • 1949-07-14 Tommy Mottola, American music executive (Casablanca Records), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1951-02-25 James Brown, American sportscaster (CBS News, The NFL Today), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1951-08-21 Harry Smith, TV co-anchor (CBS Morning Show), born in Hammond, Indiana
  • 1951-11-27 Jayne Kennedy, sportscaster (CBS)/actress (Body & Soul), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1953-05-17 Kathleen Sullivan, newscaster (ABC-TV, CBS Morning Show), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1954-10-01 Richard Schlesinger, American news correspondent (CBS, 48 Hours), born in NYC, New York
  • 1956-02-24 Paula Zahn, Napperville Ill, news anchor (ABC, CBS This Morning)
  • 1956-07-07 Bill Lagattuta, American news correspondent (CBS, 48 Hours, Eye to Eye), born in NYC, New York
  • 1957-03-09 Faith Daniels, American television news anchor (CBS-TV), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1962-04-10 Steve Tasker, American wide receiver (Buffalo Bills) and broadcaster (CBS Sports), born in Smith Center, Kansas
  • 1969-01-20 Melissa Rivers, American TV hostess (MTV, CBS Morning News), born in NYC, New York
  • 1983-04-03 Errol Barnett, English-born American reporter (CBS News), born in Milton Keynes, England

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

1940-08-30 CBS news correspondent Mike Wallace (22) weds Norma Kaphan in Brookline, Massachusetts

Newscaster Mike Wallace
Mike Wallace
  • 1949-03-11 CBS news correspondent Mike Wallace (30) weds actress Buff Cobb (21) in Cook County, Illinois
  • 1986-06-28 CBS news correspondent Mike Wallace (68) weds Mary Yates
  • 2000-06-10 "Live! with Kelly and Michael" executive producer Michael Gelman (38) weds CBS's Early Show correspondent Laurie Hibberd (36) at a Long Island estate
  • 2004-12-23 CBS executive Les Moonves (55) weds CBS' "Early Show" co-host Julie Chen (34) on a private estate in Acapulco
  • 2005-06-27 "The Young and The Restless" actress Melody Thomas Scott (49) weds supervising producer of the CBS daytime drama Edward J. Scott (60) for the second time in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2010-11-06 "Girls Gone Wild" creator Joe Francis (37) weds CBS News Entertainment Reporter Christina McLarty on a civil wedding in Mexico

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1954-06-22 Don Hollenbeck, newscaster (CBS Weekend News), dies at 49
  • 1977-02-17 Quincy Howe, newscaster (CBS Weekend News), dies at 76
  • 1977-03-10 E. Power Biggs, English organist and composer (CBS), dies at 70
  • 1987-10-25 Cecil Brown, news correspondent (CBS), dies at 80
  • 1988-05-23 David Schoenbrun, CBS broadcast bureau head (Wash, Paris), dies at 73
  • 1989-05-31 Terry Drinkwater, CBS news correspondent, dies at 53 of cancer
  • 1990-10-26 William Samuel Paley, American president and CEO of CBS (1928-90), dies of a heart attack at 89
  • 1992-07-09 Eric Savareid, News correspondent (CBS), dies at 79
  • 1992-10-13 Hughes Rudd, news anchor (CBS Morning News), dies of aneurysm at 71
  • 1993-02-16 Richard Salant, news president (CBS-60 Minutes), dies at 78
  • 1994-10-23 William Leonard, head (CBS News), dies of a stroke at 78
  • 1996-04-21 Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder, oddsmaker/sportscaster (CBS), dies at 76
  • 1997-07-04 Charles Kuralt, news anchor (CBS Sunday Morning), dies at 62
  • 1997-10-18 Nancy Dickerson, American pioneering journalist, 1st female news correspondent (CBS), dies at 70
  • 2008-01-24 Randy Salerno, co-anchor of Chicago's CBS 2 News (b. 1963)

Person of interestWalter Cronkite

2009-07-17 Walter Cronkite, American broadcast journalist and news anchor (CBS Evening News 1962-81), dies of cerebrovascular disease at 92

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite
  • 2010-05-25 Michael H. Jordan, businessman and former CEO PepsiCo and CBS Corporation (b. 1936)
  • 2010-07-23 Daniel Schorr, American broadcast journalist (CBS), dies at 93
  • 2017-12-21 Richard "Dick" Enberg, American sportscaster (NBC, CBS, ESPN), dies of a heart attack at 82