Sunday, July 21, 2024

Today in
Television History

1931 - The first CBS-TV program was aired. The show featured singer Kate Smith, composer George Gershwin and New York City Mayor Jimmy Walker.

1958 - The last of "Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts" programs aired on CBS-TV.

1969 - Duke Ellington and a portion of his band performed a 10-minute composition on ABC-TV titled, "Moon Maiden." The event took place just one day after Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon.

1987 - Mary Hart, of "Entertainment Tonight", had her legs insured by Lloyd’s of London for $2 million.

1998 - Janet Jackson was a guest on the "Late Show With David Letterman."

2000 - NBC announced that they had found nearly all of Milton Berle's kinescopes. The filmed recordings of Berle's early TV shows had been the subject of a $30 million lawsuit filed by Berle the previous May.

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Today in
Dick Clark's American Bandstand History

1958 - Dale Hawkins performed "La-Do-Da-Do" on American Bandstand.

1961 - Gene Pitney performed "Every Breath I Take" on American Bandstand.

1973 - Electric Light Orchestra performed "Roll Over Beethoven" on American Bandstand.

1979 - David Naughton performed "Makin' It" on American Bandstand.

Dick Clark - American Bandstand Quote

"He had boundless energy and a remarkable ability to do innumerable things at any given time."
- Fran La Maina, the longtime president of Dick Clark Productions Inc.

Today in
Saturday Night Live History

1957 - Jon Lovitz was born.

Saturday Night Live Quote

I want to die in my sleep peacefully like my grandfather, not screaming and in terror like his passengers.
- Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey

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Television History
Dick Clark's American Bandstand History