January 1st

January 1st in TV History

The first feature-length foreign movie “African Journey” is aired on TV in NYC.

Births

Dana Andrews (1909, Collins, MS) – The Twilight Zone, Bright Promise
Russ Bender (1910, New York City, NY) – The Twilight Zone
Ty Hardin (1930, New York City, NY) – Bronco, Riptide
Don Novello (1943, Lorain, OH) – Saturday Night Live
Rick Hurst (1946, Houston, TX) – The Dukes of Hazzard

Deaths

Barton MacLane (1969, Santa Monica, CA, cancer) – Outlaws, I Dream of Jeannie
Victor Buono (1982, Apple Valley, CA, heart attack) – Batman
Marcel Hillaire (1988, Los Angeles, CA, surgery complications) – Lost In Space, The Twilight Zone, Adventures in Paradise
Cesar Romero (1994, Santa Monica, CA, blood clot) – Batman
Ray Walston (2001, Beverly Hills, CA, lupus) – My Favorite Martian
Donna Douglas (2015, Zachary, LA, pancreatic cancer) – The Beverly Hillbillies

Weddings

Leonard Nimoy marries Susan Bay (1989)
Valerie Bertinelli marries Tom Vitale (2011)

TV Episode Debuts

The Twilight Zone “The Four of Us are Dying” (1960)
The Rifleman “Skull” (1962)
The Andy Griffith Show “The Farmer Takes a Wife” (1962)
The Addams Family (1964) “The Addams Family Meets a Beatnik” (1965)
Doctor Who “Volcano” (1966)
The Avengers “Silent Dust” (1966)
The Big Valley “The Good Thieves” (1968)
Gunsmoke “The Victim” (1968)
The Andy Griffith Show “The Mayberry Chef” (1968)
The Avengers “The Interrogators” (1969)
Bewitched “Samantha’s Better Halves” (1970)
Doctor Who “Day of the Daleks, Episode One” (1972)
The Mary Tyler Moore Show “The Five-Minute Dress” (1972)
Gunsmoke “Arizona Midnight” (1973)
Cannon “The Conspirators” (1975)
Doctor Who “The Face of Evil, Part One” (1977)
The Six Million Dollar Man “Walk a Deadly Wing” (1978)
Lou Grant “Denial” (1979)
Mork & Mindy “Mork’s New Look” (1981)
The Dukes of Hazzard “Dukescam Scam” (1982)
Murder, She Wrote “Prediction: Murder” (1989)
Family Ties “Basic Training” (1989)
Murphy Brown “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” (1990)

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