1962 in television

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For the American TV schedule, see: 1962-63 American network television schedule.

List of years in television (table)

The year 1962 involved some significant events in television. Below is a list of notable events of that year.

Events[edit]

  • January 1
  • March 24 – Boxer Benny Kid Paret falls unconscious at the hands of fellow boxer Emile Griffith during a televised boxing match officiated by Ruby Goldstein at Madison Square Garden. Paret died ten days later.
  • April 16 – Walter Cronkite succeeds Douglas Edwards as anchorman of the CBS Evening News; he will remain so for the next 19 years.
  • May 27 - General Electric Theater airs it last episode on CBS.
  • July 23 – First publicly available live transatlantic television broadcast via Telstar 1.
  • August 24 - Indonesia begins the first television broadcast with the newly inaugurated TVRI (Televisi Republik Indonesia, the Television Channel of Indonesia). TVRI is the first national television network in Indonesia before 1989. The establishment of TVRI marked the Day of Indonesian National Television.
  • September 1 – Channel Television, the ITV franchise for the Channel Islands, goes on air.
  • September 14 – Wales West and North Television (Teledu Cymru) goes on air to the North and West Wales region, extending ITV to the whole of the UK.
  • Broadcast of Sábados Alegres begins, program later becomes Sábados Gigantes.
  • Cigarette adverts are banned from children's programmes in the UK. Actors in these adverts now have to be over 21, and connection to social success is no longer allowed. The tobacco companies also start a policy of not advertising before 9pm.
  • The U.S. All-Channel Receiver Act requires UHF tuners to be on all consumer sets (channels 14 through 83), as well as VHF.[1][2]
  • Zenith markets its first color TV, a 21" round screen set.

Programs/Programmes[edit]

Debuts[edit]

Ending this year[edit]

Date Show Debut
March 25 Bus Stop 1961
September 28 The Brighter Day 1954
Unknown Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1955
The Huckleberry Hound Show 1958
The Quick Draw McGraw Show 1959

Births[edit]

Date Name Notability
January 5 Suzy Amis Actress
January 17 Jim Carrey Actor and comedian (In Living Color)
January 28 Creflo Dollar American televangelist
February 17 Lou Diamond Phillips Actor (Longmire)
February 27 Adam Baldwin Actor (Chuck)
March 18 Thomas Ian Griffith Actor (Another World)
March 21 Matthew Broderick Actor (2-time host of Saturday Night Live)
Rosie O'Donnell Actress, comedian, talk show host (The Rosie O'Donnell Show)
May 24 Gene Anthony Ray Actor, dancer, choreographer (Fame) (died 2003)
May 28 Michelle Collins Actress (EastEnders, Coronation Street)
June 7 Simon Day English comedian, actor, and screenwriter
June 19 Paula Abdul Singer, choreographer, American Idol judge
July 8 Rob Burnett Executive producer of Late Show with David Letterman
July 13 Tom Kenny Voice actor (voice of SpongeBob on SpongeBob SquarePants)
July 19 Anthony Edwards Actor (Dr. Mark Greene on ER)
July 31 Wesley Snipes Actor
August 29 Ian James Corlett Voice actor
August 31 Dee Bradley Baker
September 11 Kristy McNichol Actress (Empty Nest)
September 15 Scott McNeil Voice actor
September 26 Melissa Sue Anderson Actress (Mary Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie)
October 1 Esai Morales Actor (NYPD Blue)
October 2 Jeff Bennett Voice actor
October 13 Kelly Preston Actress
November 11 Demi Moore Actress (General Hospital)
November 19 Jodie Foster Actress and director
November 28 Jon Stewart Comedian and host (The Daily Show)
December 6 Janine Turner Actress (Northern Exposure)
December 9 Felicity Huffman Actress (Desperate Housewives)

Deaths[edit]

Date Name Age Notability
January 13 Ernie Kovacs 42 Comic actor, director, writer, composer
February 8 Myron McCormick 54 Stage actor, radio actor and film actor
February 27 Willie Best 45 Actor
March 1 Roscoe Ates 67
June 19 Will Wright 68
August 5 Marilyn Monroe 36 Iconic sex symbol, actress
October 2 Frank Lovejoy 50 Actor
October 26 Louise Beavers 60 Actress
December 16 Lew Landers 61 Director
December 17 Thomas Mitchell 70 Actor