1963 in television

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The year 1963 involved some significant events in television. Below are lists of notable TV-related events.


  • January 13 – BBC Television broadcasts the play Madhouse on Castle Street in the Sunday-Night Theatre series. The play co-stars a young American folk music singer named Bob Dylan.[1]
  • April 1 – German terrestrial channel ZDF (pronounced tseht-day-ehf) begins broadcasting.
  • May 15 – First television pictures transmitted from a US manned space capsule ("Faith 7"). Due to the poor picture quality, only NBC carries the transmission, and on tape-delay, not live.
  • July 22 – Bob Crane quits his DJ job at radio station KNX to become a regular on The Donna Reed Show after dividing time between the Screen Gems TV show and the CBS Radio affiliate. Crane had been a top five morning drive radio DJ since the mid-1950s in the Los Angeles market.
  • September 2 – CBS Evening News becomes network television's first half-hour weeknight news broadcast, when the show is lengthened from 15 to 30 minutes.
  • September 9 – NBC also expands its evening network news program to 30 minutes.
  • September 27 – The Littlest Hobo makes its debut on TV across North America with the first episode entitled "Blue Water Sailor".
  • September 29 – The Judy Garland Show makes its debut on CBS.
  • September 30 – BBC Television begins using a globe as its symbol. They would continue to use it in varying forms until 2002.
  • October 1 – ABC News at last drops its dependence on outside sources of news film and begins to rely on its own camera crews.
  • November 22 – All three major U.S. networks start pre-emptions for a week following the news of John F. Kennedy's assassination. The pre-emptions unofficially begin a few minutes after Kennedy was shot; on the top-rated American soap opera As the World Turns, Nancy Hughes (Helen Wagner) was in the middle of a discussion with Grandpa (Santos Ortega) about Bob's (Don Hastings) decision to invite Lisa (Eileen Fulton) to Thanksgiving dinner. Walter Cronkite interrupted Wagner mid-speech to deliver the bulletin. As the World Turns continued for one more scene (at that time, the show was transmitted live) before Cronkite cut in permanently. News of the assassination, and later the funeral procession, were the first television broadcasts across the Pacific Ocean (via Relay 1 satellite).
  • November 23 – UK BBC tv That Was The Week That Was broadcasts its famous dramatic Kennedy tribute episode. William Hartnell stars in the very first episode of Doctor Who (An Unearthly Child). So many people complained of having missed it (because of the disruption to schedules caused by the assassination) that the following Saturday episode 1 was repeated before the broadcast of episode 2.
  • November 24 – Jack Ruby murders John F. Kennedy's suspected assassin Lee Harvey Oswald live on television.[2]
  • December 7 – Instant Replay is used for the first time during the live transmission of the Army Navy Game by its inventor, director, Tony Verna.
  • For the first time, most Americans say that they get more of their news from television than newspapers.
  • The television remote control is authorized by the FCC.



Ending this year[edit]

Date Show Debut
January 25 Don't Call Me Charlie! 1962
March 17 The Jetsons (returned in 1985) 1962
April 2 Hawaiian Eye 1959
April 14 Car 54, Where Are You? 1961
May 14 Empire 1962
May 21 Laramie 1959
The Voice of Firestone 1949
June 20 Leave It to Beaver 1957
June 23 The Real McCoys
August 26 Lippy the Lion and Hardy Har Har 1962
Touché Turtle and Dum Dum
August 30 Wally Gator
September 28 The Shari Lewis Show 1960
Popeye The Sailor (Returned to NBC in 2019 with New Sponsor)


Date Name Notability
January 4 Dave Foley Canadian comedic actor (The Kids in the Hall, NewsRadio)
January 20 James Denton Actor (Desperate Housewives)
January 23 Gail O'Grady Actress (NYPD Blue, American Dreams)
January 29 Monica Horan Actress (Everybody Loves Raymond)
February 14 Enrico Colantoni Canadian actor (Just Shoot Me!, Veronica Mars, Flashpoint)
February 17 Michael Jordan NBA basketball player
February 19 Jessica Tuck Actress (One Life to Live, Judging Amy, True Blood)
February 21 William Petersen Actor (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation)
February 26 Chase Masterson Actress (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
March 6 D. L. Hughley Actor and comedian (The Hughleys)
March 7 Bill Brochtrup Actor (NYPD Blue)
March 11 Alex Kingston Actress (ER)
March 18 Geoffrey Lower Actor (Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman)
Vanessa Williams Actress and singer (Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives)
March 19 Mary Scheer Actress and comedian (Mad TV, iCarly)
March 20 Gregg Binkley Actor (Raising Hope)
April 8 Dean Norris Actor (Breaking Bad)
April 17 Joel Murray Actor (Dharma & Greg)
April 18 Eric McCormack Canadian-American actor (Will & Grace, Perception)
Conan O'Brien Television host and comedian (Late Night, Conan)
April 21 Erik King Actor (Oz, Dexter)
May 8 Stella Gonet Actress (Holby City)
May 10 Darryl M. Bell Actor (A Different World)
May 11 Roark Critchlow Canadian actor (Drake & Josh, Zoey 101)
May 25 Mike Myers Comic actor (Saturday Night Live)
May 29 Tracey E. Bregman Soap opera actress (The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful)
Lisa Whelchel Actress (The Facts of Life)
May 31 Hugh Dillon Canadian musician and actor (Flashpoint)
June 9 Johnny Depp Actor (21 Jump Street)
June 10 Jeanne Tripplehorn Actress (Criminal Minds, Big Love)
June 15 Helen Hunt Actress (Mad About You)
June 17 Greg Kinnear Actor (Talk Soup)
July 5 Dorien Wilson Actor (The Parkers)
July 8 Rocky Carroll Actor (Roc, Chicago Hope, NCIS)
July 22 Rob Estes Actor (Silk Stalkings, Melrose Place, 90210)
July 29 Alexandra Paul Actress and model (Baywatch)
July 30 Lisa Kudrow Actress (Phoebe on Friends)
August 3 Isaiah Washington Actor (Grey's Anatomy)
August 7 Harold Perrineau Actor (Oz, Lost, Constantine)
August 16 Christine Cavanaugh Voice actress (Rugrats, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, Dexter's Laboratory) (d. 2014)
August 19 John Stamos Actor (Jesse on Full House)
August 30 Michael Chiklis Actor (The Commish, The Shield)
September 5 Kristian Alfonso Actress (Days of Our Lives)
September 14 Tony Becker Actor (Tour of Duty)
September 15 Beth Cahill Actress (Saturday Night Live)
September 18 Dan Povenmire Voice actor (Heinz Doofenshmirtz on Phineas and Ferb)
September 25 Tate Donovan Actor (The O.C., Damages)
September 27 Scott Lawrence Actor (JAG)
September 28 Susan Walters Actress (Loving, The Young and the Restless) and model
October 1 Beth Chamberlin Actress (Guiding Light)
October 6 Elisabeth Shue Actress (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation)
October 12 JoAnn Willette Actress (Just the Ten of Us)
October 25 Jon Dixon Actor (Felicity, Alias, Lost)
October 26 Tom Cavanagh Canadian actor (Ed, The Flash)
October 28 Lauren Holly Actress (Picket Fences, NCIS)
October 30 Michael Beach Actor (ER, Third Watch)
October 31 Rob Schneider Actor and comedian (Saturday Night Live)
November 10 Tommy Davidson Comedian and actor (In Living Color, The Proud Family)
November 17 Felice Schachter Actress (The Facts of Life)
November 19 Terry Farrell Actress and model (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Becker)
November 20 Ming-Na Wen Actress (ER, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
November 21 Nicollette Sheridan Actress (Knots Landing, Desperate Housewives)
November 27 Fisher Stevens Actor (Early Edition)
December 2 Dan Gauthier Actor (One Life to Live)
December 16 Benjamin Bratt Actor (Law & Order, Private Practice)
December 18 Brad Pitt Actor (Glory Days)[3]
December 23 Jess Harnell Voice actor (Wakko Warner on Animaniacs)


Date Name Age Notability
June 10 Timothy Birdsall 27 English cartoonist (That Was the Week That Was)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Jones, Evan". Film and TV database. British Film Institute. Archived from the original on 2009-09-25. Retrieved 2010-02-14.
  2. ^ Bergreen, Laurence (1980). Look Now, Pay Later: The Rise of Network Broadcasting. New York: Doubleday and Company. ISBN 978-0-451-61966-2.
  3. ^ TV Guide. "Glory Days Cast and Details". TV Guide. Retrieved 2013-02-11.