March 5 - Elvis Presley appears on television for the first time, on the program Louisiana Hayride
April 1 - The DuMont Television network drastically cuts back its programming
September 22 - Commercial television starts in the UK (London area) - Associated-Rediffusion on weekdays, Associated Television Network Limited (ATV) at weekends.
September 28 - The First World Series game broadcast in color
October 2 - Alfred Hitchcock Presents debuts (last new episode aired on June 26, 1962).
December 10 - The first Saturday morning cartoon show debuts on American television, The Mighty Mouse Playhouse.
Harpo Marx makes a memorable appearance on I Love Lucy.
Popular Television Shows
The "Quiz Show" craze begins with the premiere of The $64,000 Question. The show spawns many copycats, including Twenty-One, which would later be the focus of a scandal that would lead to congressional hearings.
Gunsmoke debuts (1955-1975)
The Honeymooners premieres, starring Jackie Gleason, Art Carney and Audrey Meadows (1955-1956)
Lawrence Welk Show debuts (1955-1982)
Mickey Mouse Club debuts, featuring "Mouseketeer" Annette Funicello. (1955-1959)
My Little Margie (1952-1955), starring Gale Storm
The Ed Sullivan Show (1948-1971)
Captain Kangaroo debuts (1955-1984)
The Tonight Show (1954-present)
January 12 - Kirstie Alley, actress