MTV in History

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Events in Film & TV

  • 1949-09-01 KMTV TV channel 3 in Omaha, NB (CBS/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1981-08-01 Music video cable channel MTV debuts in US at 12:01 AM with The Buggles song "Video Killed The Radio Star"
  • 1983-09-18 Kiss' first "unmasked" (no make up) appearance on MTV

Music History

1987-08-01 Music video channel MTV Europe launches, with Elton John throwing the switch; "Money For Nothing" Dire Straits is the first video presented

  • 1991-07-30 MTV announces it will split into 3 channels in 1993

Television Premiere

1991-11-14 Michael Jackson's "Black or White" music video with groundbreaking morphing effects premieres simultaneously in 27 countries on MTV, Fox TV and BBC's Top of the Pops

Music History

1992-01-16 Eric Clapton performs for an episode of MTV "Unplugged" at Bray Film Studios in Windsor, England. Recording won six Grammy Awards, and became Clapton's bestselling album, and the bestselling live album of all time

Music Concert

1992-03-04 Singer-songwriter Paul Simon tapes an acoustic concert performance for "MTV Unplugged" at Kaufman-Astoria Studios in Queens, NYC

  • 1992-06-03 "MTV Unplugged" broadcasts singer-songwriter Paul Simon and 11 of his band members performing in Queens, NYC

Television Premiere

1992-10-03 Madonna premieres her "Erotica" video on MTV

Music History

1994-04-15 Jazz singer Tony Bennett records a session for "MTV's Unplugged" series at Sony Studios, NYC, featuring the Ralph Sharon trio, and guest appearances by Elvis Costello, and k.d.lang; album release wins 2 Grammy Awards

  • 1996-08-01 M2, MTV's second TV channel is launched
  • 1997-11-28 Final episode of "Beavis & Butt-head" on MTV

Music History

1997-12-22 MTV removes music video for Prodigy's song "Smack My Bitch Up" from broadcast rotation

Music Recording

1999-08-12 Shakira records her first live album in New York City, titled "MTV Unplugged"

Television Premiere

2002-03-05 American reality TV program The Osbournes" featuring family of Ozzy Osbourne premieres on MTV

Music Single

2003-01-07 "In Da Club" single is released by 50 Cent (MTV Video Music Award Best Rap Video and Best New Artist 2003, Billboard Song of the Year 2003)

Film & TV History

2015-04-11 Amy Schumer hosts the 2015 MTV Movie Awards

Film & TV History

2017-05-07 MTV becomes 1st major awards show to adopt gender-neutral categories - Emma Watson best film actor, Millie Bobby Brown best TV actor

Music History

2020-06-21 Kurt Cobain's guitar during Nirvana's MTV Unplugged show sells for a record $6 million

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1951-03-23 Lis Howell, British broadcaster (director of programs GMTV), born in Liverpool. England
  • 1953-12-28 Robert Pittman, TV executive/developer (MTV)
  • 1955-09-12 Nina Blackwood, American actress and VJ (MTV, Solid Gold, Vice Squad), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1957-02-14 Alan Hunter, one of the original MTV VJs, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1959-05-11 Martha Quinn, MTV VJ (Tracey-Bradys), born in Albany, New York
  • 1962-05-23 Karen Duffy [Duff], American MTV VJ/actress (Meet Wally Sparks), born in NYC, New York
  • 1963-08-27 Downtown Julie Brown, Welsh TV personality and actress (Club MTV, The Earth Day Special, Junket Whore), born in Cardiff, Wales
  • 1964-05-11 Katie Wagner, American TV personality, model, entertainment reporter (MTV), and daughter of actor Robert Wagner, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1966-11-17 Daisy Fuentes, model/MTV veejay (America's Funniest Videos)
  • 1967-08-19 Tabitha Soren, American MTV reporter (This Week in Rock), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1969-01-20 Melissa Rivers, American TV hostess (MTV, CBS Morning News), born in NYC, New York
  • 1969-06-15 Idalis DeLeón, American singer (Seduction - "Two To Make It Right"), actress (Six Feet Under), and television host (MTV; Extra), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1969-09-05 Dweezil Zappa, American rock guitarist and son of Frank Zappa, born in Hollywood, California
  • 1971-05-21 Eric Nies, American reality TV personality (MTV Real World, Grind)
  • 1979-03-02 Amanda Ireton, Cast member of MTV's A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila
  • 1979-11-04 Jesse Camp, American TV personality (Wanna Be a VJ), born in Granby, Connecticut
  • 1998-07-31 Bretman Rock [Laforga], Filipino-American social media personality (MTV's Following: Bretman Rock), born in Sanchez-Mira, Philippines

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1993-01-12 MTV hostess Martha Quinn marries longtime boyfriend Jordan Tarlow
  • 1997-10-04 MTV news anchor Tabitha Soren (30) weds "Liars Poker" author Michael Lewis (37) in Garrison, New York
  • 2006-03-16 Actress Divya Palat weds former MTV India VJ Aditya Hitkari at a temple in Matunga, India

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1995-09-06 Joanne Gail Abbott, exec (MTV), dies at 36