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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.


  • February 10 – Jack Paar temporarily quits his television program in the United States because his monologue had been edited the night before, in favor of a three-minute news update. Parr walks out to the audience at the beginning of the show, announces that he is quitting, says "There's got to be a better way to make a living," and then walks off the stage. After network executives apologize personally, Parr resumed hosting the program a month later. His first show back starts with the words "As I was saying before I was interrupted...".[1]
  • February–September – In a first for US Audiences, CBS broadcasts the 1960 Winter Olympics and Summer Olympics, on an exclusive basis, for $60,000. From Squaw Valley, American viewers are treated to 31 hours of coverage, which includes a mix of alpine skiing, figure skating, ice hockey, speed skating, and ski jumping. The Winter Olympic broadcast is hosted by Walter Cronkite while a young Jim McKay, who will go on to host ABC's Olympic coverage, does the Rome Games.
  • March 1 – Philippines's third television station DZTV Channel 13 (now owned by the Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation) started broadcasts on March 1, 1960, at 6:30 pm under the Inter-Island Broadcasting Corporation through the tri-media conglomerate of RMN-IBC-Philippine Herald owned by Andrés Soriano, Sr., the then owner of San Miguel Corporation.
  • March 2 – Lucille Ball files for divorce from Desi Arnaz, ending their 20-year marriage and the I Love Lucy franchise on CBS.
  • June 1 – Auckland TV2, as predecessor for TVNZ 1 (Television New Zealand), a first television station in New Zealand, officially regular broadcasting service to start in Auckland.[2]
  • June 11 - CBS broadcasts the Monaco Grand Prix Formula 1 race (which took place on May 29th), possibly first broadcast of any F1 race in the United States.
  • June 20 – Nan Winton becomes the first national female newsreader on BBC television in the United Kingdom.[3]
  • June 29 – The BBC Television Centre is opened in London.
  • July 21 – ERTU Al Oula, a member for Egyptian Radio and Television Union, a first television broadcasting service was launched in Egypt.[citation needed]
  • August 20 – NRK1, a first television station in Norway, an officially regular broadcasting service to start in Oslo.[4]
  • September 24 – After thirteen seasons of entertaining American children, NBC children's show Howdy Doody ends with Clarabell the Clown saying the final two words of the show ("Goodbye Kids") after being assumed to only be mute.
  • September 25 – First Japanese colour television broadcast.
  • September 26 – American presidential candidates John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon debate live by television. The candidates behavior and/or appearance during the debate may have altered the outcome of the election. In addition to being the first presidential debates to be televised, the debates also marked the first time "split screen" images were used by a network.
  • October 1 – Argentine television station, El Trece, a first officially regular broadcasting service to start in Buenos Aires.[citation needed]
  • October 12 – Inejiro Asanuma, chairman of the Japan Socialist Party, is assassinated by Otoya Yamaguchi using a wakizashi (samurai sword) during a political debate in Tokyo being taped by Japanese television broadcaster NHK.
  • November 4 – The University of Chile inaugurates its TV station over Channel 9 in Santiago, Chile. Its first broadcast marks the very first live broadcast of a TV show in Chile.
  • December 9 – The first episode of soap opera Coronation Street, made by Granada Television in Manchester, England, is aired on ITV.[5] Intended as a 13-week pilot and disfavoured by critics, it has continued past its 10,000th episode in 2020 (its 60th anniversary year) as Britain's longest running soap.
  • December 31 – Norma Zimmer officially becomes Lawrence Welk's "Champagne Lady" on The Lawrence Welk Show.


  • 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.



Television shows



Ending this year

Date Show Debut
January 25 Love and Marriage 1959
April 1 The Troubleshooters
June 11 The Man and the Challenge
September 14 Tate 1960


Date Name Notability
January 4 Julia St. John British actress
April Winchell American voice actress, daughter of Paul Winchell
January 6 Howie Long American football player, commentator
Andrea Thompson Actress
January 7 David Marciano Actor
January 13 Bruno Heller English screenwriter
January 30 Tony O'Dell American actor (Head of the Class)
February 7 Robert Smigel American actor, comedian (Saturday Night Live)
James Spader American actor (Boston Legal, The Blacklist)
February 19 Leslie Ash English actress (Men Behaving Badly)
February 20 Wendee Lee American voice actress
February 22 Paul Abbott English screenwriter (Shameless)
February 28 Dorothy Stratten Canadian model (Playboy) and actress (d. 1980)
March 12 Jason Beghe American actor (Chicago P.D.)
Courtney B. Vance American actor (Law & Order: Criminal Intent)
March 17 Vicki Lewis American singer, actress (NewsRadio)
March 21 Matthew Arkin American actor
March 25 Haywood Nelson American actor (What's Happening!!, What's Happening Now!!)
Brenda Strong American actress (Desperate Housewives)
March 26 Ellia English American singer, actress (The Jamie Foxx Show)
April 7 Elaine Miles American actress (Northern Exposure)
April 8 John Schneider American actor (The Dukes of Hazzard)
April 10 Ed Norris American radio host
April 11 Jeremy Clarkson English journalist and presenter (Top Gear)
April 14 Brad Garrett American actor (Everybody Loves Raymond, 'Til Death)
Brian Forster American actor (The Partridge Family)
April 16 Stan Foster American actor (Tour of Duty)
Michel Gill American actor (House of Cards, Mr. Robot)
April 23 Valerie Bertinelli American actress (One Day at a Time, Hot in Cleveland)
May 6 Julianne Phillips American model, actress (Sisters)
May 8 Stella Gonet Actress (Holby City)
May 17 Simon Fuller British entrepreneur
Fiona Hutchison American actress (One Life to Live, Guiding Light)
May 20 John Billingsley American actor (Star Trek: Enterprise)
Tony Goldwyn American actor, director (Scandal)
May 21 Jeffrey Toobin Author
May 31 Chris Elliott American actor, comedian (Saturday Night Live, Get a Life)
June 2 Shaun Wallace Game show television personality
June 4 Bradley Walsh Game show host
June 5 Leslie Hendrix American actress (All My Children, Law & Order)
June 7 Bill Prady Television producer
June 11 Mehmet Oz TV host
June 17 Thomas Haden Church American actor (Wings)
July 8 Valarie Pettiford American actress (Half & Half)
July 10 Jeff Bergman American voice actor (The Looney Tunes Show)
July 11 Caroline Quentin English actress (Men Behaving Badly)
July 14 Jane Lynch American actress (Glee)
July 15 Willie Aames American actor (Eight is Enough, Charles in Charge)
July 16 Leila Kenzle American actress (Mad About You)
July 17 Nancy Giles American actress (China Beach), commentator (CBS News Sunday Morning)
Mark Burnett British television producer
July 18 Anne-Marie Johnson American actress
July 21 Matt Mulhern American actor (Major Dad)
August 6 Grant Aleksander American actor (Guiding Light)
August 7 David Duchovny American actor (The X-Files)
August 10 Antonio Banderas Spanish actor, director (Interview with the Vampire, Shrek)
August 16 Timothy Hutton American actor, producer (Ordinary People, Leverage)
August 26 Branford Marsalis American bandleader
August 28 Emma Samms British actress (General Hospital, Dynasty)
Jodi Carlisle American actress (The Wild Thornberrys)
September 4 Damon Wayans American actor, comedian (In Living Color, My Wife and Kids, Lethal Weapon)
September 9 Hugh Grant English actor
September 10 Colin Firth English actor
September 11 Anne Ramsay American actress (Mad About You)
September 14 Radames Pera American actor (Kung Fu)
Melissa Leo American actress (All My Children, The Young Riders)
September 16 Jayne Brook American actress (Chicago Hope)
September 21 David James Elliott Canadian actor (JAG)
Mary Mara American actress (Law & Order, ER, Nash Bridges)
September 22 Scott Baio American actor (Happy Days, Charles in Charge, Diagnosis: Murder)
October 24 BD Wong American actor (Oz, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)
October 25 Tom Eplin American actor (Another World, As the World Turns)
October 28 Mark Derwin American actor (The Young and the Restless)
November 4 Kathy Griffin American actress (Suddenly Susan, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List)
November 5 Bryan Lourd American talent agent
November 8 Michael Nyqvist Swedish actor (Millennium) (d. 2017)
November 13 Neil Flynn American actor (Scrubs, The Middle)
November 30 Rich Fields American voice actor
December 9 Jeff "Swampy" Marsh American voice actor (Major Monogram on Phineas and Ferb)
December 14 Don Franklin American actor (The Young Riders, seaQuest DSV, Seven Days)
December 19 Mike Lookinland American actor (The Brady Bunch)
December 25 Ron Bottitta British actor (Lost)
December 27 Harry Goaz American actor (Twin Peaks)

See also


  1. ^ "Jack Paar's Water Closet Joke". Censorship & Scandals. TV ACRES. Archived from the original on February 5, 2013. Retrieved April 24, 2015.
  2. ^ TVNZ 1#History Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  3. ^ Hill, Jane. "Remembering Nan Winton". About the BBC. BBC. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
  4. ^ NRK1 Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  5. ^ Penguin Pocket On This Day. Penguin Reference Library. 2006. ISBN 0-14-102715-0.
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