1960 in television

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The year 1960 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events during 1960.

For the American TV schedule, please see: 1960-61 American network television schedule.

Events[edit]

  • February 11 – Jack Paar temporarily quit his television program because his monologue had been edited the night before, in favor of a three minute news update. Parr walked out to the audience at the beginning of the show, announced that he was quitting, said "There's got to be a better way to make a living," and then walked off the stage. After network executives apologized personally, Parr resumed hosting the program a month later. His first show back started with the words "As I was saying before I was interrupted..."

Undated[edit]

  • Frank and Doris Hursley start their soap opera writing career, taking the jobs of joint head writers for the series Search for Tomorrow.
  • Nearly 90% of homes in the United States now have a television set, and over one hundred million television sets are in use worldwide.

Debuts[edit]

Television shows[edit]

1940s[edit]

1950s[edit]

Births[edit]

Date Name Notability
January 4 Julia St. John British actress.
January 6 Howie Long former NFL player.
February 19 Leslie Ash British actress.
February 22 Paul Abbott British television writer.
February 28 Dorothy Stratten Canadian actress and Playboy model (died 1980).
April 11 Jeremy Clarkson Journalist, Television presenter, Top Gear
April 14 Brad Garrett American actor, Everybody Loves Raymond.
April 23 Valerie Bertinelli American actress
April 24 Paula Yates television presenter (d. 2000).
May 20 Tony Goldwyn American actor and director.
August 7 David Duchovny American actor, star of The X-Files.
September 4 Damon Wayans American actor and comedian