First television broadcast station in Mexico
First television broadcast stations in Brazil
February 23 - First televised report of general election results in the U.K.
September 7 - The gameshow Truth or Consequences debuts on television.
October 10 - The FCC approves CBS color TV system, effective Nov. 20.
October 28 - The Jack Benny Show, starring Jack Benny, premiers (it ran for 15 years).
The number of homes in the U.S. that own a television set reaches the one million mark.
Popular Television Shows
February 2 - What's My Line debuts on CBS. (1950-1967)
February 25 - Your Show of Shows premieres on NBC. (1950-1954)
July 10 - Your Hit Parade premieres on NBC.
July 11 - Andy Pandy premieres in the U.K.
The Burns and Allen Show debuts (1950-1958)
Truth or Consequences debuts (1950-1988)
The Ed Sullivan Show (1948-1971)
January 17 - Andy Kaufman, actor, comedian
April 28 - Jay Leno, comedian
September 21 - Bill Murray, actor, comedian, Saturday Night Live
October 31 - John Candy, comedian and actor
December 1 - Keith Thibodeaux, drummer and actor ("Little Ricky" on I Love Lucy)