Items of Note in Television and Broadcasting

     Sometimes it is the subtle nuances in the type of media or entertainment we watch which has a profound effect on the medium. Besides television shows, there are also news, styles, world, tech and characterizations which defined their audiences. Although not a profound list, some of these events changed our visual entertainment futures. We hope this list gives you some food for thought. (Many thanks to Wikipedia and Google for some of the information)

Televised Facts or Changes in 1939 (80 Years Ago)

March:
4th: The BBC Television Service broadcasts one of the first television plays specially written for the medium, Condemned To Be Shot by R. E. J. Brooke, live from its London studios at Alexandra Palace. The production is notable for the use of a camera as the first-person perspective of the play's unseen main character.
 
27th: The BBC broadcasts the entirety of Magyar Melody live from His Majesty's Theatre in London. The 175-minute broadcast is the first showing of a full-length musical by television.
 
April:
- Television demonstrations are held at the 1939 New York World's Fair on Long Island and the Golden Gate International Exhibition in San Francisco.
 
- RCA, General Electric, Dumont and others begin selling television sets to the public in the New York City area. Screen sizes typically range from 5 to 12 inches, and Dumont features 14-inch and 16-inch models. Prices start at $200 and go as high as $1000.
 
30th:  Franklin D. Roosevelt, appearing at the opening ceremony of the 1939 New York World's Fair, becomes the first President of the United States to give a speech that is broadcast by television.
 
May:
17th: The first baseball game (Princeton University vs. Columbia University) is broadcast by television, from Baker Field in New York.
 
19th: The Walt Disney cartoon Donald's Cousin Gus airs on NBC's experimental station W2XBS (later WNBC-TV) in New York. This marks the first movie cartoon to be televised in the United States.
 
June:
1st: The first heavyweight boxing match is televised, Max Baer vs Lou Nova, from Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
 
August:
26th: The first Major League Baseball game is telecast, a double-header between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field, in Brooklyn, New York.
 
31st: 18,999 television sets have been sold in England before manufacture stops due to World War II.
 
September:
1st: The anticipated outbreak of World War II brings television broadcasting at the BBC in Britain to an end at 12:35 p.m. after the broadcast of a Mickey Mouse cartoon, Mickey's Gala Premier, various sound and vision test signals, and announcements by presenter Fay Cavendish. It is feared that the VHF waves of television would act as a homing signal for guiding enemy bombers to central London: in any case, the engineers of the television service would be needed for the war effort, particularly for development of radar. The BBC would resume its broadcasting, with the same Mickey Mouse cartoon, after the war in 1946.
 
30th: The first televised college football game, Fordham University vs Waynesburg College, at Randall's Island, New York.
 
October:
22nd: The first National Football League game is televised. The Brooklyn Dodgers vs. Philadelphia Eagles at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn.
 
 

Televised Facts or Changes in 1949 (70 Years Ago)

- For the first time, the Sears & Roebuck catalog includes televisions.

January:

31st: The first Emmy Awards are presented and broadcast on television from Los Angeles.

May:

- The first telethon, benefitting the Damon Runyon Cancer Fund, is hosted by Milton Berle and lasts for 24 hours.

August:

25th: RCA announces the development of a compatible color TV system.

 

Televised Facts or Changes in 1959 (60 Years Ago)

February:

1st: The earliest known interracial kiss on television occurs during a live performance of the play Hot Summer Night, broadcast on the British ABC program Armchair Theatre on the ITV network. The kiss was between Andrée Melly and Lloyd Reckord, the latter of whom would be featured in another early televised interracial kiss three years later in the play You in Your Small Corner.

July:

24th: The Kitchen Debate occurs in Moscow, recorded on color videotape.

October:

22nd: Take a Good Look, an innovative comedy series created by Ernie Kovacs, premiered on ABC.

November:

29th: The Grammy Awards are first televised as part of NBC's Sunday Showcase.

 

Televised Facts or Changes in 1969 (50 Years Ago)

January:

13th: Dick York collapses on the set of Bewitched and is rushed to the hospital. He resigns from the show due to health reasons and is replaced by Dick Sargent.

February:

19th: At exactly 4:31 p.m. at the CBS Studio Center, with Jim Nabors saying the line "How interesting – and did she?", Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. shoots its final scene and completes its run.

April:

4th: CBS bans the Smothers Brothers. Three days later, Walter Cronkite opens the evening newscast by confirming that the Smothers Brothers have been replaced by Hee-Haw – effective immediately. But because it takes two months to assemble a typical Hee-Haw segment, CBS has to fill the time period with specials until Hee-Haw premieres on June 15.

June:

3rd: The science fiction television series Star Trek airs its final new episode after being canceled by NBC. Its subsequent sale into rerun syndication soon after leads to a rise in popularity that transforms Star Trek into one of the century's most successful entertainment franchises.

21st: Patrick Troughton makes his last regular appearance as the Second Doctor in the concluding moments of Episode 10 of the Doctor Who serial The War Games. It also marks the final time that the series was broadcast in black and white.

July:

20th: A live transmission from the Moon is viewed by 720 million people around the world, with the landing of Apollo 11: at 10:56 p.m. EDT on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the surface of the Moon, broadcast live.

August:

18th: CBS pits Merv Griffin against Johnny Carson in the late-night talk-show arena – Carson wins.

September:

8th: From now on, all daytime programs on ABC and CBS are in color.

November:

16th: The Rolling Stones make their final appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

December:

2nd: In tonight's episode of I Dream of Jeannie, Jeannie (Barbara Eden) finally becomes Mrs. Anthony Nelson.

 

Televised Facts or Changes in 1979 (40 Years Ago)

January:

3rd: The USA Network is founded.

February:

11th: In the U.S., 43 million viewers watch Elvis, an ABC movie starring Kurt Russell as Elvis Presley.

18th: The Daytona 500 is broadcast live from start to finish, in its entirety for the very first time by CBS.

March:

6th: On NBC, Another World becomes the only soap opera to air regularly scheduled 90-minute telecasts (it would go back to 60-minute episodes in 1980). Meanwhile, on ABC, Family Feud increases its goal to 300 points.

19th: C-SPAN, an American television channel focusing on government and public affairs, is launched.

April:

8th: On CBS, the final episode of All in the Family is seen by 40.2 million American viewers (it will relaunch the following season as Archie Bunker's Place).

20th: The 1,439th and final CBS episode of Match Game 79 airs.

23rd: The Price Is Right, on CBS, moves to 11:00 A.M. EST.

September:

7th: ESPN, an all-sports channel, launches and becomes the first cable TV channel to be launched as a 24-hour channel.

12th: On the two-hour season four premiere of Charlie's Angels on ABC, Shelley Hack is introduced as new angel Tiffany Welles, replacing Sabrina Duncan played by Kate Jackson.

November:

4th: Jaws is broadcast on television for the first time on ABC.

December:

1st: The Movie Channel, an American premium cable channel, begins broadcasting movies 24/7.

 

Televised Facts or Changes in 1989 (30 Years Ago)

January:

9th: Pat Sajak quits the daytime version of the series Wheel of Fortune for a CBS late night talk show while remaining host of the nighttime version.

February:

20th: Jane Wyman, an actress on the CBS drama series Falcon Crest, is rushed to the hospital, after suffering from diabetes and a liver ailment.

April:

8th: Mike Myers joins the cast of the NBC series Saturday Night Live.

May:

14th: NBC broadcasts the series finale of Family Ties followed by the network television premiere of Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

September:

16th: A pilot for a proposed X-Men animated series is first broadcast in syndication. It take another three years before an X-Men series would be fully realized.

October:

6th: Jane Wyman's medical leave due to her diabetes and liver aliment is written into Falcon Crest, when her character, Angela Channing, is put in a coma.

17th: Four minutes into ABC's broadcast of Game 3 of the World Series, the Lome Prieta earthquake occurred, forcing a ten-day delay of the series.

December:

18th: A seldom-seen 1956 Christmas special episode of I Love Lucy is re-broadcast by CBS.

 

Televised Facts or Changes in 1999 (20 Years Ago)

January:

1st: The Biography Channel, a spinoff of A&E Network, launches.

May:

23rd: World Wrestling Federation Wrestler Owen Hart was killed after falling 70 feet from the rafters at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, during a live broadcast of Over The Edge, in which it was aired on Pay Per View during that night's broadcast.

September:

12th: The 51st Primetime Emmy Awards presentation aired on Fox.

October:

1st: The infamous "YOU FOOL!" episode of Hollywood Squares airs.

November:

19th: John Carpenter becomes the first player on ABC's game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? to win $1,000,000.

 

Televised Facts or Changes in 2009 (10 Years Ago)

January:

15th: William Petersen appears for the last time as a regular cast member on CBS's CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as Supervisor Gil Grissom.

February:

15th: On Fox, The Simpsons is broadcast in HD for the first time, with the season 20 episode "Take My Life, Please". The event also includes a new opening, during which Bart writes "HDTV is worth every cent" for this episode's chalkboard gag.

22nd: The 81st Academy Awards Presentation was televised live on ABC.

April:

7th: The television special Charlie Brown's All-Stars returns to American television for the first time since 1982, airing on ABC

16th: On CBS, Bob Barker returns to the set of his former game show of 35 years, The Price Is Right, to promote his new book, Priceless Memories.

July:

7th: Sci Fi Channel renames itself "Syfy".

August:

31st: The Walt Disney Company, parent company of ABC, acquires Marvel Entertainment.

September:

16th: For the first time ever on television, The Newlywed Game features a gay couple on their show. George Takei and his partner Brad Altman are the celebrity newlyweds that make history on GSN's version of the long-running game show.

27th: Season 21 of The Simpsons begins broadcasting on Fox with the season premiere titled "Homer the Whopper". This season establishes The Simpsons as the longest-running prime time entertainment program in history (overtaking Gunsmoke).