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Today in
Television History

1949 - The first practical rectangular television was presented. The picture tube measured 12 by 16 and sold for $12.

1962 - The Telstar Communications satellite was launched. The satellite relayed TV and telephone signals between Europe and the U.S.

1975 - The "Gladys Knight & the Pips" summer series premiered on NBC-TV.

1989 - Mel Blanc, the "man of a thousand voices," died at age 81. He was known for such cartoon characters as Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig.

2003 - PBS' Soundstage returned to TV with a performance from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The show had not aired in over 18 years when it ran from 1974 to 1985.

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Today in
American Bandstand History

1963 - Link Wray and His Wraymen performed "Jack the Ripper" on "American Bandstand."

1965 - Lenny Welch performed "Darling Take Me Back" on "American Bandstand."

1971 - Smokey Robinson and the Miracles performed "Crazy 'bout the La La La" and "The Tears of a Clown" on "American Bandstand."

1976 - Vicki Sue Robinson performed "Turn the Beat Around" on "American Bandstand."

1982 - Paul Davis performed "Love or Let Me Be Lonely" on "American Bandstand."

Television Quotes

I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.
- Groucho Marx

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