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Today in
Television History

1921 - Gene Roddenberry was born in El Paso, Texas. Roddenberry's first career was as an airline pilot. Later, he created the TV series Star Trek.

1929 - "Amos and Andy," the radio comedy program, made its debut on NBC starring Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll.

1950 - ABC-TV first aired Saturday morning television shows for children. The first shows were "Animal Clinic" and "Acrobat Ranch."

1957 - Jerry Lee Lewis performed "Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On" on "American Bandstand."

1972 - NBC-TV presented "The Midnight Special" for the first time with John Denver as the first host.

2002 - John Madden debuted on "Monday Night Football."

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Today in
American Bandstand History

1957 - Jerry Lee Lewis performed "Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On" on "American Bandstand."

1957 - Jimmy Bowen and the Rhythm Orchids performed "Warm Up to Me Baby" on "American Bandstand."

1959 - Leslie Uggams performed "One More Sunrise" on "American Bandstand."

1960 - Bobby Vee performed "Devil or Angel" and "Since I Met You Baby" on "American Bandstand."

1963 - Duane Eddy performed "Lonely Boy, Lonely Guitar" and "Your Baby's Gone Surfing" on "American Bandstand."

1967 - The Platters performed "Washed Ashore" on "American Bandstand."

1972 - Harry Chapin performed "Taxi" on "American Bandstand."

1978 - Bonnie Tyler performed "It's a Heartache" on "American Bandstand."

Television Quotes

"I just want to say to the kids out there watching: You can do anything you want in life. Unless Jay Leno wants to do it too."
- Conan OBrien

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