Sunday, March 26, 2017

Today in TV History

Today is Sunday, March 26, 2017
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Television History

1956 - Red Buttons made his debut as a television actor in "Studio One" on CBS television.

1960 - The TV special "Welcome Home Elvis" was recorded in Miami Beach, FL. The show was hosted by Frank Sinatra.

1969 - The TV movie "Marcus Welby" was seen on ABC-TV. It was later turned into a series.

1971 - "Cannon" premiered on CBS-TV as a movie. It was turned into a series later in the year.

1989 - The first episode of "Quantum Leap" aired on NBC.

1995 - "Johnny Bravo" was aired for the first time.

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1958 - Don Gibson performed "Oh Lonesome Me" on "American Bandstand."

1962 - Ronnie & the Hi-Lites performed "I Wish That We Were Married" on "American Bandstand."

1965 - The Sir Douglas Quintet performed "She's About a Mover" and "The Rains Came" on "American Bandstand."

1977 - Sons of Champlin performed "Here is Where Your Love Belongs" on "American Bandstand."

1983 - The Bangles performed "I Want You" and "Real World" on "American Bandstand."

1983 - Sparks (with Jane Wiedlin (Go-Go's)) performed "Cool Place" and "Popularity" on "American Bandstand."

Today is Saturday, March 25, 2017

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1954 - RCA manufactured its first color TV set and began mass production.

1968 - The 58th and final episode of "The Monkees" TV show was aired.

1972 - The final episode of "Bewitched" was aired on ABC.

1977 - The final episode of "Sanford and Son" was aired.

1986 - The first episode of "Perfect Strangers" aired on ABC.

2002 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) dismissed complaints against Walt Disney Co.'s ABC network broadcast of a Victoria's Secret fashion show in November 2001.

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1959 - The Flamingos performed "Lovers Never Say Goodbye" on "American Bandstand."

1960 - The Temptations (not the Motown group) performed "Barbara" on "American Bandstand."

1972 - Joe Tex performed "I Gotcha" and "You Said a Bad Word" on "American Bandstand."

1978 - Raydio performed "Jack and Jill" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Friday, March 24, 2017

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1940 - The New York City NBC station W2XBS became the first to televise religious services.

1980 - "Nightline" with Ted Koppel premiered. 

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1958 - Billie & Lillie performed "La-Dee-Dah" on "American Bandstand."

1979 - Sister Sledge performed "He's the Greatest Dancer" on "American Bandstand."

1979 - Gary's Gang performed "Keep On Dancin'" on "American Bandstand."

1984 - Paul Young performed "Come Back and Stay" and "Love of the Common People" on "American Bandstand."

1984 - The video for Van Halen's "Jump" was aired on "American Bandstand."

1984 - UB40 performed "Red Red Wine" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Thursday, March 23, 2017

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1950 - "Beat the Clock" premiered on CBS-TV.

1967 - The 100th episode of "Bewitched" was aired on ABC.

1973 - The last airing of "Concentration" took place. The show had been on NBC for 15 years.

1981 - CBS Television announced plans to reduce "Captain Kangaroo" to a 30-minute show each weekday morning.

1987 - The Soul Train Music Awards debuted. It was the first televised awards ceremony to pay exclusive homage to black producers, songwriters and recording artists in the music industry.

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1959 - Frankie Ford performed "Sea Cruise" on "American Bandstand."

1968 - The Sunshine Company performed "Look, Here Comes the Sun" on "American Bandstand."

1968 - Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart performed "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight" and "Goodbye Baby" on "American Bandstand."

1974 - Moments performed "Sexy Mama" on "American Bandstand."

1984 - George Thorogood & the Destroyers performed "Gear Jammer" and "Long Gone" on "American Bandstand."

1984 - DeBarge performed "Rhythm of the Night" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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1977 - The John Denver TV special "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" was aired on ABC.

1956 - Perry Como became the first major TV variety-show host to book a rock and roll act on his program. The act was Carl Perkins.

2010 - Monty Hall began hosting "Let's Make a Deal" for a full week. 

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1960 - The Playmates performed "Beep Beep" on "American Bandstand."

1962 - The Al Casey Combo performed "Cookin'" on "American Bandstand."

1963 - Wayne Newton performed "Heart (I Hear You Beating)" on "American Bandstand."

1969 - The Sir Douglas Quintet performed "Mendocino" on "American Bandstand."

1969 - Neil Diamond performed "Brother Love's Travelin' Salvation Show" on "American Bandstand."

1975 - Barry Manilow performed "Mandy" and "It's a Miracle" on "American Bandstand."

1975 - Minnie Riperton performed "Lovin' You" on "American Bandstand."

1980 - Cindy Bullens performed "Trust Me" on "American Bandstand."

1980 - Kool & the Gang performed "Ladies Night" and "Too Hot" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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1955 - NBC-TV presented the first "Colgate Comedy Hour".

1957 - Shirley Booth made her TV acting debut in "The Hostess with the Mostest" on CBS.

1980 - On the TV show Dallas, J.R. Ewing was shot.

1989 - Dick Clark announced that he would no longer be hosting the show "American Bandstand." He had been the host for 33 years.

1990 - "Normal Life" with Moon Unit & Dweezil Zappa premiered on CBS-TV.

1990 - "Sydney" starring Valerie Bertinelli premiered on CBS-TV.

1995 - The first episode of "NewsRadio" aired on NBC.

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1964 - Better Everett performed "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)" on "American Bandstand."

1964 - Trini Lopez performed "Jailer Bring Me Water" on "American Bandstand."

1981 - Juice Newton performed "Angel of the Morning" on "American Bandstand."

1989 - Dick Clark announced that he would no longer be hosting the show "American Bandstand." He had been the host for 33 years. 
Today is Monday, March 20, 2017

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1948 - Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra were featured in the first televised symphonic concert.

1959 - Bobby Rydell made his first TV appearance, on "American Bandstand."

1985 - CBS-TV presented "The Romance of Betty Boop."

1986 - Fallon Carrington and Jeff Colby were wed on the TV drama "The Colby’s". "The Colby’s" was an offshoot of "Dynasty".

1992 - Janice Pennington was awarded $1.3 million for an accident on the set of the "Price is Right" TV show.  

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1959 - Bobby Rydell appeared on "American Bandstand."

1962 - Solomon Burke performed "Cry to Me" on "American Bandstand."

1965 - Brenda Holloway performed "When I'm Gone" on "American Bandstand."

1971 - Rufus Thomas performed "Push and Pull" on "American Bandstand."

1976 - The Sylvers performed "Boogie Fever" on "American Bandstand."

1976 - Larry Groce performed "Junkfood Junkie" on "American Bandstand."

1982 - Buckner & Garcia performed "Pac Man Fever" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Sunday, March 19, 2017

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1953 - The Academy Awards came to television for the first time.

1954 - Viewers saw the first televised prize fight was shown in color when Joey Giardello knocked out Willie Tory in round seven at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

1977 - The last episode of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" aired on CBS.

1979 - The U.S. House of Representatives began broadcasting its daily business on TV.

1982 - The 100th episode of "Dallas" aired on CBS.

1984 - The TV show "Kate and Allie" premiered.

1987 - Televangelist Jim Bakker resigned from the PTL due to a scandal involving Jessica Hahn.

1989 - The 300th episode of "Dallas" aired on CBS.

1989 - "Return of the Jedi" made its network premiere on NBC. It earned a 15.1 rating.

1995 - Michael Jordan returned to the Chicago Bulls after nearly two years of retirement. He scored 19 points in the loss to the Indiana Pacers. The game, televised on NBC, was the most watched regular season game in NBA history with an estimated 35 million viewers.

1997 - The 200th episode of "Beverly Hills 90210" was aired on FOX.

2003 - FOX announced that it had hired Monica Lewinsky to be the host of the dating show "Mr. Personality."

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1962 - Barbara George performed "I Know" and "You Talk About Love" on "American Bandstand."

1963 - Timi Yuro performed "Insult to Injury" on "American Bandstand."

1977 - The Babys performed "If You've Got the Time" on "American Bandstand."

1977 - Lattimore performed "Somethin' 'bout 'Cha" on "American Bandstand."

1983 - Lanier & Company performed "After I Cry Tonight" and "I Just Got To Have You" on "American Bandstand."

1983 - Jefferson Starship performed "Winds of Change" and "Jane" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Saturday, March 18, 2017

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1962 - Gary "U.S." Bonds performed on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

1981 - The first episode of "The Greatest American Hero" aired on ABC.

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1958 - Jerry Lee Lewis performed "You Win Again Breathless" on "American Bandstand."

1967 - Marvin Gaye performed "Little Darlin' I Need You" on "American Bandstand."

1972 - Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds performed "Daisy Mae" on "American Bandstand."

1972 - Denise LaSalle performed "Now Run and Tell That" and "Trapped by a Thing Called Love" on "American Bandstand."

1978 - War performed "Galaxy" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Friday, March 17, 2017

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1956 - Carl Perkins made his TV debut on "Ozark Jubilee."

1968 - The Bee Gees made their U.S. television debut on the "Ed Sullivan Show." They played "To Love Somebody" and "Words."

2003 - In a televised presidential address, U.S. President Bush announced that Saddam Hussein had 48 hours to leave Iraq.

2003 - ABC and NBC ordered their reporters out of Baghdad due to safety concerns related to the rising conflict over Iraq's failure to disarm.

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1958 - The Four Voices performed "Dancing with my Shadow" on "American Bandstand."

1973 - Edward Bear performed "Last Song" and "Close Your Eyes" on "American Bandstand."

1979 - Talking Heads performed "Take Me to the River" on "American Bandstand."

1979 - Brooklyn Dreams performed "Make It Last" on "American Bandstand."

1984 - Cyndi Lauper performed "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and "Time After Time" on "American Bandstand."

1984 - The video for John Lennon's "Nobody Told Me" was aired on "American Bandstand."

1984 - Glen Scarpelli performed "Don't Mess Up This Good One" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Thursday, March 16, 2017

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1980 - The first closed captioned television series were broadcast. The shows were The ABC Sunday Night Movie (ABC), The Wonderful World of Disney (NBC) and Masterpiece Theatre (PBS).

2000 - WRAL-TV Digital broadcast offered viewers the first opportunity to watch any one of the games played during the NCAA basketball tournament. WRAL broadcast four separate channels with each carrying a different game.

2010 - The first episode of "Justified" aired on FX.

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1961 - The Echoes performed "Baby Blue" on "American Bandstand."

1968 - Bobby Vee performed "Maybe Just Today" and "My Girl/My Guy Medley" on "American Bandstand."

1974 - The Natural Four performed "Can This Be Real" on "American Bandstand."

1984 - Philip Bailey performed "Walkin' On the Chinese Wall" and "I Go Crazy" on "American Bandstand."

1984 - Jeff Lorber performed "Step By Step" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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1954 - CBS television debuted its "Morning Show."

1964 - Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor were married.

1971 - CBS television dropped "The Ed Sullivan Show."

1977 - The first episode of "Eight is Enough" was aired on ABC-TV.

1979 - The 100th episode of "Barney Miller" aired.

1980 - The 100th episode of "Saturday Night Live" aired on NBC.

1985 - The first episode of "Mr. Belvedere" aired on ABC.

1998 - CBS' "60 Minutes" aired an interview with former White House employee Kathleen Willey. Wiley said U.S. President Clinton made unwelcome sexual advances toward her in the Oval Office in 1993. 

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1961 - Gene McDaniels performed "A Hundred Pounds of Clay" on "American Bandstand."

1962 - Dee Dee Sharp performed "Mashed Potato Time" on "American Bandstand."

1969 - The 1910 Fruitgum Co. performed "Indian Giver" on "American Bandstand."

1975 - Billy Swann performed "I Can Help" and "I'm Her Fool" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Tuesday, March 14, 2017

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1955 - Elvis Presley was interviewed on Jimmy Dean's "Town & Country Jubliee" television show. Elvis did not perform.

1965 - Petula Clark made her American TV debut on CBS' "Ed Sullivan Show."

1968 - The final episode of "Batman" aired on ABC.

1985 - Former Miss America, Phyllis George, joined Bill Kurtis as host of "The CBS Morning News."  

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1961 - Jerry Butler performed "Find Another Girl" on "American Bandstand."

1962 - Arthur Alexander performed "You Better Move On" on "American Bandstand."

1963 - Jo Ann Campbell performed "Mother Please! (I'd Rather Do it Myself)" on "American Bandstand."

1964 - April & Nino performed "Stardust" on "American Bandstand."

1970 - Gladys Knight & the Pips performed "You Need Love Like I Do" and "Friendship Train" on "American Bandstand."

1981 - Jermaine Jackson performed "You Like Me, Don't You" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Monday, March 13, 2017

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1972 - "The Merv Griffin Show" debuted in syndication for Metromedia Television.

1974 - The 150th episode of "Adam-12" aired on NBC.

1984 - MTV premiered its weekly "Top 20 Video Countdown" show.

2002 - Fox aired "Celebrity Boxing." Tonya Harding beat Paula Jones, Danny Banaduce beat Barry Williams and Todd Bridges defeated Vanilla Ice.

2003 - It was reported that HBO's "The Sopranos" had been postponed indefinitely due to a contract dispute with the show's star, James Gandolfini.

2005 - The first episode of "Kelsey Grammer Presents The Sketch Show" aired.

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1961 - The Capris performed "There's a Moon Out Tonight" and "Where I Fell in Love" on "American Bandstand."

1965 - Alvin Cash & the Crawlers performed "Twine Time" and "The Barracuda" on "American Bandstand."

1971 - Wadsworth Mansion performed "Sweet Mary" on "American Bandstand."

1976 - Larry Santos performed "We Can't Hide It Anymore" on "American Bandstand."

1982 - Sheena Easton performed "When He Shines" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Sunday, March 12, 2017

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1974 - "Wonder Woman" debuted on ABC-TV. The show later went to CBS-TV.

2002 - It was announced that Oprah Winfrey had extended her contract for "The Oprah Winfrey Show" through the 2005-06 season.

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1958 - Merv Griffin appeared on "American Bandstand."

1959 - Fabian performed "Turn Me Loose" on "American Bandstand."

1962 - Jimmy Soul performed "Twistin' Matilda" on "American Bandstand."

1965 - Chris Montez performed "Call Me" on "American Bandstand."

1965 - B.J. Thomas & the Triumphs performed "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" on "American Bandstand."

1977 - Emotions performed "I Don't Want to Lose Your Love" on "American Bandstand."

1983 - DeBarge performed "All This Love" and "I Like It" on "American Bandstand."

1983 - Sonny Charles performed "Put It in a Magazine" and "Always on My Mind" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Saturday, March 11, 2017

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1947 - The DuMont network aired "Movies For Small Fry." It was network television's first successful children's program.

1990 - The Perry Mason TV movie "The Case of the Desperate Deception" was aired.

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American Bandstand History


1958 - Jack Jones appeared on "American Bandstand."

1958 - The Four Lads performed "Put a Light in the Window" on "American Bandstand."

1967 - A video of the Beatles performing "Penny Lane" and "Strawberry Fields Forever" was played on "American Bandstand."

1972 - Bullet performed "Willpower Weak, Temptation Strong" on "American Bandstand."

1972 - Gayle McCormick performed "You Really Got a Hold on Me" on "American Bandstand."

1978 - Cerrone performed "Supernature" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Friday, March 10, 2017

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1940 - W2XBS-TV in New York City aired the first televised opera as it presented scenes from "I Pagliacci".

1956 - Julie Andrews at the age of 23 made her TV debut in "High Tor" with Bing Crosby and Nancy Olson.

1965 - Walter Matthau and Art Carney opened in "The Odd Couple". It later became a hit on television.

1978 - CBS began airing the series "The Incredible Hulk."

1997 - The series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" began airing.

2001 - The 500th episode of "Saturday Night Live" aired on NBC.

2002 - CBS aired a two-hour documentary on the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

2002 - ESPN aired "A Season on the Brink." It was the first original motion picture by ESPN. The movie was about Bobby Knight.

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1961 - Paul Anka performed "The Story of My Love" on "American Bandstand."

1979 - Bobby Caldwell performed "What You Won't Do for Love" on "American Bandstand."

1979 - Herbie Mann performed "Superman" on "American Bandstand."

1984 - Mick Fleetwood's Zoo performed "Angel" and "You Might Need Someone" on "American Bandstand."

1984 - The video for the Eurythmic's "Here Comes the Rain Again" was aired on "American Bandstand."

1984 - Grace Slick performed "All the Machines" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Thursday, March 9, 2017

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1954 - WNBT-TV (now WNBC-TV), in New York, broadcast the first local color television commercials. The ad was Castro Decorators of New York City.

1969 - "The Smothers Brothers' Comedy Hour" was canceled by CBS-TV.

1979 - ABC-TV aired the documentary "Heroes of Rock & Roll."

2005 - Dan Rather appeared for the last time on "The CBS Evening News".

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1960 - The Mystic performed "Hushabye" and "Don't Take the Stars" on "American Bandstand."

1962 - Brian Hyland performed "Ginnie Come Lately" on "American Bandstand."

1968 - The 1910 Fruitgum Co. performed "Simon Says" and "May I Take a Giant Step" on "American Bandstand."

1968 - Brenton Wood performed "Lovey Dovey Kinda Lovin'" on "American Bandstand."

1984 - Limahl performed "Never Ending Story" and "Only For Love" on "American Bandstand."

1984 - Bonnie Pointer performed "The Beast In Me" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Wednesday, March 8, 2017

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1959 - Groucho, Chico and Harpo made their final TV appearance together.

1964 - The Dave Clark 5 made their first appearance on the "Ed Sullivan Show".

1974 - The last episode "The Brady Bunch" aired.

1993 - "Beavis and Butthead" premiered on MTV.

1996 - The first episode of "Muppets Tonight!" aired.

2002 - The documentary "Journeys with George" debuted at the South by Southwest film festival. The 77-minute movie was about George W. Bush.

2004 - Martha Stewart's syndicated television show, "Martha Stewart Living," was taken off the air by CBS and UPN. Stewart was found guilty on March 3 of lying about the reason for selling 3,298 shares of ImClone Systems stock, conspiracy, making false statement and obstruction of justice.

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1975 - Smokey Robinson performed "Baby That's Backatcha" on "American Bandstand."

1980 - Bonnie Pointer performed "I Can't Help Myself" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Tuesday, March 7, 2017

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1955 - "Peter Pan" was presented as a television special for the first time.

1961 - The 100th episode of "The Rifleman" aired.

1975 - The final episode of "The Odd Couple" aired on ABC.

1982 - The NCAA college basketball tournament selections were televised for the first time.

1983 - ESPN televised the first live professional football game on cable. The game was between the USFL's Birmingham Stallions and the Michigan Panthers.

1983 - TNN (The Nashville Network) began broadcasting.

1986 - The final episode of "Different Strokes" was aired.

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1960 - Jackie DeShannon appeared on "American Bandstand."

1962 - Clyde McPhatter performed "Lover Please" on "American Bandstand."

1964 - The Rip Chords performed "Three Window Coupe" on "American Bandstand."

1970 - George Baker Selection performed "Little Green Bag" on "American Bandstand."

1981 - James Taylor & J.D. Souther performed "Her Town Too" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Monday, March 6, 2017

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1977 - "An Evening With Diana Ross" aired on NBC-TV.

1978 - The 100th episode of "The Six Million Dollar Man" aired.

1981 - Walter Cronkite appeared on his last episode of "CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite." He had been on the job 19 years.

1986 - The 100th episode of "Simon & Simon" aired on CBS.

1988 - The first episode of "In the Heat of the Night" aired.

1992 - The last episode of "The Cosby Show" aired. The show had been on since September of 1984.

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1959 - Fats Domino performed "Telling Lies" and "When the Saints Go Marching In" on "American Bandstand."

1961 - Fats Domino performed "What a Price" and "Ain't That Just Like a Woman" on "American Bandstand."

1963 - Connie Francis performed "Follow the Boys" on "American Bandstand."

1965 - J. Frank Wilson & the Cavaliers performed "Last Kiss" and "Hey Little One" on "American Bandstand."

1971 - Bobby Goldsboro performed "Watchin' Scotty Grow" on "American Bandstand."

1971 - Henry Mancini performed "Theme from Love Story" on "American Bandstand."

1976 - Frankie Avalon performed the disco version of "Venus" on "American Bandstand."

1982 - Chris Christian performed "I Want You, I Need You" on "American Bandstand."

1982 - Chubby Checker performed "Runnin'" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Sunday, March 5, 2017

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1956 - King Kong (1933) premiered on television in the U.S.

1969 - Dusty Springfield collapsed while taping a TV appearance.  

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1958 - Andy Williams performed "Are You Sincere" on "American Bandstand."

1959 - Chuck Berry performed "Anthony Boy" and "Almost Grown" on "American Bandstand."

1966 - Freddy Cannon performed "Dedication Song" on "American Bandstand."

1977 - Rufus performed "At Midnight" on "American Bandstand."

1977 - Parker McGee performed "I Just Can't Say No to You" on "American Bandstand."

1983 - Wham! U.K. performed "Young Guns Go for It" and "Wham Rap" on "American Bandstand."

1983 - Tyrone Davis performed "Are You Serious" and "A Little Bit of Love" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Saturday, March 4, 2017

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1976 - The 100th episode of "The Waltons" aired.

1997 - The first episode of "Just Shoot Me" was aired.

1997 - The first episode of "The Practice" aired on ABC.

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1972 - Frank Mills performed "Love Me, Love Me Love" on "American Bandstand."

1978 - The Spinners performed ""If You Wanna Do a Dance" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Friday, March 3, 2017

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1985 - The television show "Moonlighting" premiered.

1986 - The pilot episode of "Matlock" aired on NBC.

1990 - The 100th episode of "ALF" aired on NBC.

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1958 - Larry Hovis appeared on "American Bandstand."

1973 - Hurricane Smith performed "Oh Babe What Would You Say" and "Who Was It" on "American Bandstand."

1979 - Roger Voudouris performed "Get Used to It" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Thursday, March 2, 2017

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1940 - The first televised intercollegiate track meet was seen on TV in New York City on W2XBS. The game presented live from Madison Square Garden. New York University won the meet.

1977 - "The Barry Manilow Special" aired on ABC-TV.

1981 - Michael Jackson was a guest on Diana Ross' third TV special "diana" on CBS.

1996 - The first episode of "Pacific Blue" aired.

2009 - Jimmy Fallon began has host of "Late Night."

2010 - Rogert Ebert was interviewed on "The Oprah Winfrey Show." It was his first televised appearance since losing his ability speak due to complications from a 2006 thyroid cancer surgery.

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1960 - Jack Scott performed "What in the World's Come Over You" and "Burning Bridges" on "American Bandstand."

1968 - Iron Butterfly appeared on "American Bandstand."

1974 - Bloodstone performed "Outside Woman" on "American Bandstand."

1984 - Jermaine Stewart performed "The Word Is Out" and "I Like It" on "American Bandstand."

1984 - The Blasters performed "Colored Lights" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Wednesday, March 1, 2017

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1965 - The 150th episode of "The Andy Griffith Show" aired.

1970 - Two clips of the Beatles, performing "Let It Be" and "Two of Us," were aired on "The Ed Sullivan Showt was the last time the group appeared on the show.

1972 - The 100th episode of "Adam-12" aired on NBC.

1979 - The NCAA granted ESPN the exclusive rights to telecast collegiate events.

1981 - The movie "Elvis And The Beauty Queen" aired on NBC-TV. Don Johnson played the part of Elvis Presley.

1985 - A Beatles song was used for the first time in a U.S. TV commercial. Lincoln-Mercury used the song, "HELP!".

1991 - Geraldo Rivera became the first talk show personality from the West to be televised on a daily basis in the USSR. The first show featured a segment about the death of Elvis Presley.

1992 - The Perry Mason TV movie "The Case of the Fatal Framing" aired.

1997 - "Bottom Line2" debuted on ESPN2.

2001 - The final episode of "La Femme Nikita" aired.

2010 - Jay Leno returned as host to NBC's "Tonight Show".

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1969 - Arthur Conley performed "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" on "American Bandstand."

1975 - Sugarloaf performed "Don't Call Us, We'll Call You" on "American Bandstand."

1980 - Manhattan Transfer performed "Twilight Zone / Twilight Zone" on "American Bandstand."

1980 - Pat Benatar performed "Heartbreaker" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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1954 - In San Francisco "Birth of a Planet" was aired. It was the first American phase-contrast cinemicrography film to be presented on television.

1979 - Mr. Ed, the talking horse, died.

1983 - "M*A*S*H" became the most watched television program in history when the final episode aired on CBS. The TV movie was entitled "Goodbye, Farewell, Amen."

1988 - The Perry Mason TV movie "The Case of the Avenging Ace" aired.

2002 - It was announced that John Madden would be replacing Dennis Miller on "Monday Night Football." Madden signed a four-year $20 million deal with ABC Sports.

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1958 - Tommy Sands performed "Sing Boy Sing" on "American Bandstand."

1976 - Natalie Cole performed "Inseparable" on "American Bandstand."

1976 - Jonathan Cain performed "It's Time to Say Goodbye" on "American Bandstand."

1981 - The Association performed "Dreamer" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Monday, February 27, 2017

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1960 - The Miracles made their first TV appearance on "American Bandstand."

1984 - A Pepsi commercial featuring the Jackson's premiered on MTV.

1997 - ABC-TV aired "Happy Birthday, Elizabeth." Michael Jackson had performed on the show that was taped on February 16, 1997.

2000 - ABC-TV aired the "The Beach Boys" TV movie.  

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1961 - Bill Doggett performed "Honky Tonk Part 2" on "American Bandstand."

1965 - Sonny Knight performed "If You Want This Love" and "Love Me as Though There Were No Tomorrow" on "American Bandstand."

1965 - Cannibal & the Headhunters performed "Land of 1,000 Dances" on "American Bandstand."

1971 - Joe Scarbury performed "Mixed Up Guy" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Sunday, February 26, 2017

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1984 - CBS premiered "Star Wars: A New Hope" on their network. The movie drew 36% of the total television viewing audience.

1990 - The 100th episode of "MacGyver" aired.

1991 - "Rockline on MTV" premiered.

1998 - A Texas jury rejected an $11 million lawsuit by Texas cattlemen who blamed Oprah Winfrey for price drop after on-air comment about mad-cow disease.

2002 - It was reported that NBC extended Conan O'Brien's contract with "Late Night" for four more years.

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1958 - Jackie Wilson performed "To Be Loved" on "American Bandstand."

1960 - Lenny Welch performed "You Don't Know Me" on "American Bandstand."

1963 - Johnny Tillotson performed "Out of My Mind" on "American Bandstand."

1966 - The T-Bones performed "Whatever Shape Your Stomach's In" and "Slippin' and Chippin'" on "American Bandstand."

1972 - Donnie Elbert performed "Sweet Baby" and "I Can't Help Myself" on "American Bandstand."

1977 - Jennifer Warnes performed "Right Time of the Night" on "American Bandstand."

1983 - Chas Jankel performed "Glad to Know You" and "I'll Get Over It If You Get Over Her" on "American Bandstand."

1983 - Kelly Groucutt performed "Am I a Dreamer?" and "You Don't Need to Hold Me Tight" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Saturday, February 25, 2017

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1928 - The Federal Radio Commission issued the first U.S. television license to Charles Jenkins Laboratories in Washington, DC.

1940 - The New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens played in the first hockey game to be televised in the U.S. The game was aired on W2WBS in New York with one camera in a fixed position.

1950 - "Your Show of Shows" debuted on NBC.

1987 - Frank Sinatra guest starred on CBS-TV's "Magnum P.I."

1993 - Prince appeared on TV's "The Arsenio Hall Show" where he performed "The Max."

2001 - Fox TV aired "The Simpons" episode entitled "New Kids On The Blecch."

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1963 - Neil Sedaka performed "Alice in Wonderland" on "American Bandstand."

1967 - The McCoys performed "I Got to Go Back" on "American Bandstand."

1967 - Felice Taylor performed "It May Be Winter Outside (But in My Heart It's Spring)" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Friday, February 24, 2017

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1964 - The Beatles appeared for the 3rd time on "The Ed Sullivan Show." The Fab Four appeared via tape.

1978 - "The Second Barry Manilow Special" aired on ABC-TV with guest star Ray Charles.

1980 - NBC premiered the TV movie "Harper Valley P.T.A."

1999 - Johnny Rotten emceed VH1's live Grammy coverage.

2002 - "Ride to Freedom: The Rosa Parks Story" premiered on CBS TV.

2003 - Phil Donahue's talk show on MSNBC was cancelled. The show had premiered on July 15, 2002.

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1979 - Eddie Rabbit performed "Every Which Way But Loose" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Thursday, February 23, 2017

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1985 - The TV show "Gimme a Break" was broadcast live before a studio audience. It was the first TV sitcom to be seen live since the 1950s.

1987 - The Perry Mason TV movie "The Case of the Lost Love" aired.

1997 - NBC-TV aired "Schindler's List." It was completely uncensored.  

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1960 - Bobby Comstock & the Counts performed "Jambalaya" on "American Bandstand."

1985 - Animotion performed "Obsession" and "Let Him Go" on "American Bandstand."

1985 - The Sylvers performed "Falling For Your Love" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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1986 - MTV aired 22 hours of the Monkees TV episodes in celebration of their station's 20th anniversary.

1954 - ABC radio’s popular "Breakfast Club" program was simulcast on TV for the first time.  

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1961 - Roy Hamilton performed "You Can Have Her" on "American Bandstand."

1962 - Patsy Cline performed "She's Got You" on "American Bandstand."

1964 - Jody Miller performed "Walk Like a Man" on "American Bandstand."

1968 - Tyrone Davis performed "Is It Something You've Got" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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1970 - The Jackson Five performed "I Want You Back" and "ABC" on "American Bandstand."

1977 - Neil Diamond's in-concert TV special aired on NBC.

1981 - Prince appeared on "Saturday Night Live" and performed "Party Up." It was his first appearance on the show.

1989 - The Perry Mason TV movie "The Case of the Lethal Lesson" aired.

2000 - David Letterman returned to his Late Night show about five weeks after having an emergency quintuple heart bypass operation.  

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1961 - The Shirelles performed "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" and "Dedicated to the One I Love" on "American Bandstand."

1970 - The Jackson Five performed "I Want You Back" and "ABC" on "American Bandstand."

1976 - Gary Wright performed "Dream Weaver" on "American Bandstand."

1981 - Loverboy performed "Turn Me Loose" on "American Bandstand."

1981 - Rupert Holmes performed "I Don't Need You" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Monday, February 20, 2017

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1964 - The 200th episode of "Perry Mason" aired on CBS.

1983 - The 200th episode of "The Jeffersons" aired.

1987 - After 11 years, David Hartman left ABC’s "Good Morning America."

2000 - ABC-TV aired the "Little Richard" TV movie.

2002 - ESPN and the Liberty Bowl signed a contract that extended through 2008.

2003 - It was announced on NBC's "Today" show that Jane Pauley would be leaving NBC the upcoming June. Pauley had been with the network for 27 years.

2009 - Conan O'Brien made his last appearance as host of "Late Night."

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1959 - The Platters performed "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" and "Enchanted" on "American Bandstand."

1962 - Joey Dee & the Starlighters performed "Peppermint Twist" and "Hey Let's Twist" on "American Bandstand."

1963 - Lou Christie performed "The Gypsy Cried" on "American Bandstand."

1965 - Johnny Mathis performed "Listen Lonely Girl" on "American Bandstand."

1965 - Vic Dana performed "Red Roses for a Blue Lady" on "American Bandstand."

1965 - Beau Brummels performed "Laugh Laugh" on "American Bandstand."

1971 - The Mob performed "I Dig Everything About You" on "American Bandstand."

1982 - The Henry Paul Band performed "Keepin' Our Love Alive" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Sunday, February 19, 2017

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1974 - Dick Clark premiered the "American Music Awards."

1974 - Kiss made their TV debut on "Don Kirshner's Rock Concert."

1987 - A controversial, anti-smoking ad aired for the first time on television. It featured Yul Brynner who died shortly after of lung cancer.

1991 - Public Enemy boycotted the 1991 Grammy Awards because the rap award was not going to be presented during the live TV ceremony.

1993 - The Perry Mason TV movie "The Case of the Skin-Deep Scandal" aired.

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1966 - The Mamas & Papas performed "California Dreamin'" on "American Bandstand."

1966 - Bob Lind performed "Elusive Butterfly" on "American Bandstand."

1972 - The Addrisi Bros. performed "We've Got to Get It On Again" on "American Bandstand."

1977 - Brick performed "Dazz" on "American Bandstand."

1977 - A video of Queen performing "Tie Your Mother Down" was aired on "American Bandstand."

1983 - Phil Everly performed "Who's Gonna Keep Me Warm Tonight" on "American Bandstand."

1983 - Jeffrey Osborn performed "On The Wings of Love" and "Eenie Meenie" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Saturday, February 18, 2017

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1953 - Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz signed a contract worth $8,000,000 to continue the "I Love Lucy" TV show through 1955.

1990 - The movie "Death of the Incredible Hulk" aired.

1998 - Rob Smith (Cure) did battle with the forces of musical evil (Barbra Streisand) on the TV show South Park.  

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1959 - Roy Hamilton performed "I Need Your Lovin'" on "American Bandstand."

1960 - Johnnie & Joe performed "Over the Mountain - Across the Sea" on "American Bandstand."

1967 - P.J. Proby performed "Niki Hokey" on "American Bandstand."

1967 - Fifth Dimension performed "Go Where You Wanna Go" on "American Bandstand."

1978 - Gene Cotton performed "Before My Heart Finds Out" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Friday, February 17, 2017

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1965 - Comedienne Joan Rivers made her first guest appearances on "The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson" on NBC-TV.

1971 - James Taylor made his prime-time television debut on ABC's the "Johnny Cash Show."

1990 - Aerosmith appeared on Saturday Night Live. They performed the Wayne's World theme song while appearing in the skit as themselves.

1996 - The 400th episode of "Saturday Night Live" aired on NBC.

2013 - Jimmy Fallon took over NBC's "Tonight Show" from Jay Leno. Leno had started as host on May 25, 1992.

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1959 - The Rivieras performed "Moonlight Serenade" on "American Bandstand."

1968 - Music Explosion performed "Little Bit O' Soul" and "Sunshine Games" on "American Bandstand."

1973 - The Gallery performed "Big City Miss Ruth Ann" on "American Bandstand."

1979 - The Raes performed "A Little Lovin'" on "American Bandstand."

1979 - Bonnie Pointer performed "Free Me From My Freedom" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Thursday, February 16, 2017

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1948 - NBC-TV began airing its first nightly newscast, "The Camel Newsreel Theatre", which consisted of Fox Movietone newsreels.

1985 - "Kojak" returned to network television after an absence of seven years with the CBS-TV special, "Kojak: The Belarus File."

1991 - The 300th episode of "Saturday Night Live" aired on NBC.

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1959 - Little Anthony & the Imperials performed "So Much" and "Wishful Thinking" on "American Bandstand."

1960 - Annette (Funicello) performed "O Dio Mio" on "American Bandstand."

1974 - Redbone performed "Come and Get Your Love" on "American Bandstand."

1980 - Rufus performed "Do You Love What You Feel" on "American Bandstand."

1985 - New Edition performed "Mr. Telephone Man" and "Lost In Love" on "American Bandstand."

1985 - Autograph performed "Turn Up the Radio" on "American Bandstand."

1985 - Greg Kihn performed "Lucky" and "They Rock By Night" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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1962 - CBS-TV bought the exclusive rights to college football games from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for a figure of $10,200,000.

1975 - Gino Vannelli became the first white artist to perform on "Soul Train."

1988 - The first series of "Red Dwarf" began.

2002 - The last "Greenfield at Large" was aired. CNN canceled the show due to low ratings.

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1962 - Paul Peterson performed "She Can't Find Her Keys" on "American Bandstand."

1964 - Bobby Vee performed "Stranger in Your Arms" on "American Bandstand."

1969 - Willie Mitchell performed "30-60-90" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Tuesday, February 14, 2017

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1954 - The TV show "Letter to Loretta" changed its name to "The Loretta Young Show." The show premiered on September 20, 1953.

1958 - On CBS television Walter Cronkite reported that the Iranian government has banned rock & roll because it is against the concepts of Islam and also a hazard to health.

1964 - Chad & Jeremy were guests on the "Patty Duke Show."

1966 - CBS bought the rights to the NFL's 1966 and 1967 Championship Games for $2 million per game.

1972 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono began a weeklong stay as co-hosts on "The Mike Douglas Show."

1980 - Walter Cronkite announced his retirement from the "CBS Evening News."

1985 - Cable News Network reporter Jeremy Levin was freed. He had been being held in Lebanon by extremists.

1986 - Frank Zappa appeared on "Miami Vice" playing a crime boss named "Mr. Frankie."

2001 - "Barbra Streisand: Timeless" aired on FOX. The show was a farewell-tour concert.  

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1958 - Ersel Hickey performed "Bluebirds over the Mountain" on "American Bandstand."

1962 - Eddie Holland performed "Jamie" on "American Bandstand."

1970 - David Ruffin performed "I'm So Glad I Fell for You" on "American Bandstand."

1976 - Charo performed "La Salsa" and Ralph Carter performed "Extra, Extra (Read All About It)" on "American Bandstand."

1981 - Phil Seymour performed "Precious to Me" on "American Bandstand."

1981 - Taste of Honey performed "Sukiyaki" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Monday, February 13, 2017

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1939 - Virginia Payne became a new character in NBC’s soap opera, "The Carter’s of Elm Street". She played the part of Mrs. Carter.

1966 - The Rolling Stones appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show." The appearance had been taped the day before.

2000 - On "The Simpsons," Maude Flanders was "killed off."

2002 - ABC-TV announced that it had renewed "NYPD Blue" for its 10th season.

2003 - CBS-TV began airing "Survivor: The Amazon."

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1958 - Lou Monte performed "Lazy Mary/Luna Mezzo Mare" on "American Bandstand."

1959 - The Skyliners performed "Since I Don't Have You" on "American Bandstand."

1962 - Paul Anka performed "Love Me Warm and Tender" on "American Bandstand."

1965 - Sue Thompson performed "Norman" and "Paper Tiger" on "American Bandstand."

1971 - Bobby Sherman performed "Cried Like a Baby" and "Julie, Do Ya Love Me" on "American Bandstand."

1971 - Little Sister (Sly Stone's Sister, Vanetta Stewart) performed "Somebody's Watching You" on "American Bandstand."

1982 - Carl Carlton performed "She's a Bad Mama Jama" on "American Bandstand."

1982 - Lulu performed "If I Were You" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Sunday, February 12, 2017

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1985 - Johnny Carson surprised his audience by shaving the beard he had been wearing on "The Tonight Show."

1989 - The 100th episode of "Murder, She Wrote" aired on CBS.

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1962 - Brenda Lee performed "Break it to Me Gently" and "So Deep" on "American Bandstand."

1966 - Al Martino performed "Spanish Eyes" and "Think I'll Go Somewhere and Cry Myself to Sleep" on "American Bandstand."

1966 - The Young Rascals performed "I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore" and "Good Lovin'" on "American Bandstand."

1972 - Climax performed "Precious and Few" on "American Bandstand."

1972 - Rufus Thomas performed "Do the Funky Penguin" on "American Bandstand."

1983 - The Greg Kihn Band performed "Jeopardy" and "I Fall to Pieces" on "American Bandstand."

1983 - Night Ranger performed "Don't Tell Me You Love Me" and "Sing Me Away" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Saturday, February 11, 2017

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1956 - Elvis Presley appeared on "Stage Show" for the third time. He was finally given permission from CBS to perform "Heartbreak Hotel."

1960 - Jack Paar walked off while live on the air on the "Tonight Show" with four minutes left. He did this in response to censors cutting out a joke from the show the night before.

1970 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono played "Instant Karma" on the BBC TV show "Top of the Pops."

1971 - The 100th episode of "Ironside" aired.

1979 - The TV movie "Elvis," with Kurt Russell, aired on ABC.

1982 - ABC-TV’s presentation of "The Winds of War" concluded. The 18-hour miniseries cost $40 million to produce and was the most-watched television program in history at the time.

1986 - Boy George guest-starred on an episode of "The A-Team."

1991 - The Perry Mason TV movie "The Case of the Maligned Mobster" aired.

1994 - Prince premiered his song "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" on the 1994 Miss USA Pageant.

2002 - The six stars on NBC's "Friends" signed a deal for $24 million each for the ninth and final season of the series.

2002 - U.S. First Lady Laura Bush appeared on the "Tonight Show" with host Jay Leno.

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1967 - Mojo Men performed "Sit Down I Think I Love You" on "American Bandstand."

1967 - Jimmy Castor performed "Hey Leroy, Your Mamma's Callin' You" on "American Bandstand."

1978 - Yvonne Elliman performed "If I Can't Have You" on "American Bandstand."

1978 - David Gates performed "Goodbye Girl" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Friday, February 10, 2017

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1958 - The "Annette" serial began on ABC-TV's "Mickey Mouse Club."

1981 - U.S. President Reagan was filmed throughout the day for an NBC film "A Day in the Life of the President".

1993 - Michael Jackson granted his first interview in 15 years to Oprah Winfrey. In the interview, Jackson claimed that he has a disorder that destroys the pigmentation of the skin and that he had had very little plastic surgery.

2015 - NBC News suspended Brian Williams for six months without pay for his misrepresenting of events concerning an Iraq war story. The story was found to be untrue.

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1959 - Link Wray & His Wraymen performed "Rawhide" on "American Bandstand."

1960 - The Champs performed "Too Much Tequila" on "American Bandstand."

1968 - Blue Cheer performed "Summertime Blues" on "American Bandstand."

1968 - Joe Tex performed "Men Are Gettin' Scarce" on "American Bandstand."

1973 - Austin Roberts performed "Something's Wrong With Me" on "American Bandstand."

1979 - The Jacksons performed "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Thursday, February 9, 2017

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1958 - The American Research Bureau stated that "American Bandstand" was the number one daytime TV program.

1964 - The Beatles made the first of three record-breaking appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show." 73 million people watched the show. It was their American TV debut.

1969 - A young lady named Roslyn Kind made her TV debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show". Roslyn Kind is the sister of Barbra Streisand.

1984 - NBC Entertainment president, Brandon Tartikoff, gave an interviewer the "10 Commandments for TV Programmers."

1994 - The 100th episode of "Beverly Hills 90210" was aired on FOX.

1997 - "The Simpsons" became the longest-running prime-time animated series. "The Flintstones record previously.

1998 - Oprah Winfrey announced that Garth Brooks had agreed to donate his earnings from sales from his album "Sevens" for a seven-day period. The money went to "Oprah's Angel Network."

2010 - Ellen DeGeneres made her debut as a judge on "American Idol."

2010 - The Jay Leno Show aired for the last time in primetime.

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1958 - The American Research Bureau stated that "American Bandstand" was the number one daytime TV program.

1962 - Jack Scott performed "Steps 1 and 2" on "American Bandstand."

1974 - Al Wilson performed "Show and Tell" on "American Bandstand."

1974 - Terry Jacks performed "Seasons in the Sun" on "American Bandstand."

1980 - Tom Johnston performed "Savannah Nites" on "American Bandstand."

1985 - The Commodores performed "Night Shift" on "American Bandstand."

1985 - John Parr performed "Naughty Naughty" and "Magical" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Wednesday, February 8, 2017

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1974 - CBS aired the first episode of "Good Times."

1985 - "The Dukes Of Hazzard" ended its 6-1/2 year run on CBS television.

1993 - General Motors sued NBC, alleging that "Dateline NBC" had rigged two car-truck crashes to show that some GM pickups were prone to fires after certain types of crashes. The suit was settled the following day by NBC.

1993 - Tom Jones guest starred on NBC-TV's "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air."

1996 - The U.S. Telecommunications Bill was signed into law. The bill included provisions that required TV manufacturers to install V-chip devices in all television sets with a 13 inch screen or larger. The chips would allow consumers to block "sexual, violent, and other material about which parents should be informed before it is displayed to children".

2006 - Kelly Clarkson became the first participant on "American Idol" to win a Grammy. The awards were for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Since U Been Gone" and Best Pop Vocal Album for "Breakaway". She also performed "Because of You" at the show.

2010 - MTV dropped the "Music Television" moniker from its logo.

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1961 - The Ramrods performed "Ghost Riders in the Sky" on "American Bandstand."

1962 - The Angels performed "Cry, Baby, Cry" on "American Bandstand."

1964 - Jackie DeShannon performed "When You Walk in the Room" on "American Bandstand."

1964 - Did & DeeDee performed "All My Trials" on "American Bandstand."

1975 - Maureen McGovern performed "We May Never Love This Way Again" on "American Bandstand."

1975 - Lamont Dozier performed "Let Me Start Tonite" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Tuesday, February 7, 2017

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1969 - "This Is Tom Jones" premiered on ABC-TV.

1977 - The 100th episode of "Barnaby Jones" aired.

1978 - The "Mork & Mindy" pilot movie aired for the first time. The series "Mork & Mindy" began airing on September 14, 1978

1988 - The TV mini-series "Elvis and Me" (based on Priscilla Presley's book) began on ABC-TV.

1985 - The 100th episode of "Magnum, p.i." aired.

1988 - The first episode of "America's Most Wanted" aired.

2005 - The cable station MTV2 was re-launched for the second time.

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1970 - The Sandpipers performed "Come Saturday Morning" on "American Bandstand."

1970 - Evie Sands performed "Any Way That You Want Me" on "American Bandstand."

1981 - Firefall performed "Stayin' With It" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Monday, February 6, 2017

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1966 - The final episode of "Mr. Ed" aired on CBS.

1972 - Over 500,000 pieces of irate mail arrived at the mail room of CBS-TV, when word leaked out that an edited-for-TV version of the X-rated movie, "The Damned," would be shown.

2003 - Jesse Ventura announced on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" that he would begin hosting a nightly program on MSNBC within a month.

2005 - During halftime of Super Bowl XXXIX, MTV and MTV2 aired a 15-minute preview of MTV2's second re-launch. The relaunch took place at midnight on February 7.

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1959 - The Poni-Tails performed "Seven Minutes in Heaven" on "American Bandstand."

1961 - Dion performed "Havin' Fun" on "American Bandstand."

1962 - Jack Jones performed "Lollipops and Roses" on "American Bandstand."

1963 - James Darren performed "Pin a Medal on Joey" on "American Bandstand."

1971 - Jerry Reed performed "Amos Moses" on "American Bandstand."

1971 - Dionne Warwick performed "The Green Grass Starts to Grow" and "Who Gets the Guy" on "American Bandstand."

1982 - Kool & the Gang performed "Steppin' Out" on "American Bandstand."

1982 - Jennifer Warnes performed "Could It Be Love" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Sunday, February 5, 2017

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1962 - The 50th episode of "The Andy Griffith Show" aired.

1967 - Due to a Musicians' Union ban, the Rolling Stones were not allowed to play their hit "Let's Spend the Night Together" when they appeared on an ITV show.

1990 - NBC-TV obtained the television rights to all of Notre Dame's home football games for the next five years. Notre Dame was the first school to sell its games to a major TV network.

1995 - The 200th episode of "Married With Children" aired.

2001 - It was announced the Kelly Ripa would be Regis Philbin's co-host. The show was renamed to "Live! With Regis and Kelly."  

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1966 - Paul Revere & the Raiders performed "Just Like Me" and "Kicks" on "American Bandstand."

1983 - The Time performed "The Walk" and "777-9311" on "American Bandstand."

1983 - Charlene performed "I've Never Been to Me" and "I Want to Go Back There Again" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Saturday, February 4, 2017

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1952 - Jackie Robinson was named Director of Communication for NBC. He was the first black executive of a major radio-TV network.

1971 - Diana Ross guest starred on Danny Thomas' "Make Room For Granddaddy" TV show.

1977 - "American Bandstand" celebrated its 25th anniversary with an ABC-TV special hosted by Dick Clark.

1991 - "Cher at the Mirage" aired on CBS-TV.

2002 - Rosa Parks was presented a birthday cake on her 89th birthday at the premiere of the made-for-TV movie, "Ride to Freedom: The Rosa Parks Story." Stevie Wonder sang "Happy Birthday."

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1958 - The Royal Teens performed "Short Shorts" on "American Bandstand."

1960 - Johnny Burnette appeared on "American Bandstand."

1963 - Bobby Rydell performed "Butterfly Baby" on "American Bandstand."

1967 - The Young-Holt Trio performed "Wack Wack" on "American Bandstand."

1967 - Tommy Roe performed "It's Now Winter's Day" on "American Bandstand."

1977 - "American Bandstand" celebrated its 25th anniversary with an ABC-TV special hosted by Dick Clark.

1978 - LTD performed "Back in Love Again" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Friday, February 3, 2017

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1978 - "Dead Man's Curve" was aired on ABC-TV.

1996 - B.B. King guest starred on CBS-TV's "Touched by an Angel".

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1958 - The Ames Brothers performed "Little Gypsy" on "American Bandstand."

1961 - Gene Pitney performed "I Wanna Love My Life Away" on "American Bandstand."

1968 - James Brown performed "I Got the Feelin'" on "American Bandstand."

1973 - Albert Hammond performed "It Never Rains in California" and "If You Gotta Break Another Heart" on "American Bandstand."

1979 - Nigel Olsson performed "Dancin' Shoes" on "American Bandstand."

1979 - Melissa Manchester performed "Don't Cry Out Loud" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Thursday, February 2, 2017

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1946 - The Mutual Broadcasting System aired "Twenty Questions" for the first time on radio. The show moved to television 3 years later.

1950 - "What's My Line" debuted on CBS television.

1957 - Fats Domino sang "Blueberry Hill" and "Blue Monday" on "The Perry Como Show" on television.

1973 - NBC-TV debuted "Midnight Special" hosted by Helen Reddy.

1995 - The 100th episode of "Seinfeld" aired on NBC.

2005 - It was announced that Martha Stewart would host "The Apprentice: Martha Stewart."

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1974 - The DeFranco Family performed "Abra-Ca-Dabra" on "American Bandstand."

1980 - Nicolette Larson performed "Let Me Go, Lover" on "American Bandstand."

1980 - Jackie DeShannon performed "I Don't Need You Anymore" on "American Bandstand."

1985 - Roger Hodgson performed "Had a Dream (Sleeping With the Enemy)" and "In Jeopardy" on "American Bandstand."

1985 - Eugene Wilde performed "Gotta Get You Home Tonight" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Wednesday, February 1, 2017

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1985 - Glenn Frey (Eagles) appeared on an episode of "Miami Vice" on NBC-TV.

1953 - CBS-TV debuted "Private Secretary."

1954 - CBS-TV showed "The Secret Storm" for the first time.

1976 - "Sonny and Cher" resumed on TV despite a real life divorce.

1982 - "Late Night" with David Letterman premiered on NBC TV.

1987 - Janet Jackson was a guest on the first "Hitline USA" TV show.

2002 - "Late Night" with David Letterman had its 20th anniversary show. Regis Philbin made his 61st appearance on "Late Night."

2004 - CBS began airing "Survivor: All-Stars." The show included veterans from the seven previous editions of "Survivor."

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1962 - Don & Juan performed "What's Your Name" on "American Bandstand."

1964 - Johnny Tillotson performed "Worried Guy" on "American Bandstand."

1964 - Linda Scott performed "Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed" on "American Bandstand."

1975 - Carol Douglas performed "Doctor's Orders" on "American Bandstand."

1975 - Nigel Olsson performed "Only One Woman" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Tuesday, January 31, 2017

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1949 - The first TV daytime soap opera was broadcast from NBC's station in Chicago, IL. It was "These Are My Children."

1960 - Julie Andrews, Henry Fonda, Rex Harrison and Jackie Gleason, appeared in a two-hour TV special entitled "The Fabulous ’50s".

1961 - The "Bobby Darin and Friends" TV special aired on NBC-TV.

1984 - NBC Newsman Edwin Newman retired after 35 years with the network.

1988 - The first episode of "The Wonder Years" aired on ABC.

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1963 - Bobby Comstock & the Counts performed "Let's Stomp" on "American Bandstand."

1970 - R.B. Greaves performed "Take a Letter, Maria" and "Always Something There to Remind Me" on "American Bandstand."

1976 - Smokey Robinson performed "Quiet Storm" on "American Bandstand."

1976 - Eric Carmen performed "All by Myself" on "American Bandstand."

1981 - Fred Knoblock & Susan Anton performed "Killing Time" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Monday, January 30, 2017

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1950 - NBC-TV debuted "Robert Montgomery Presents." The show lasted for seven seasons.  

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1971 - Redeye performed "Games" and "Red Eye Blues" on "American Bandstand."

1971 - Andy Kim performed "Be My Baby" and "I Wish I Were" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Sunday, January 29, 2017

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1969 - The "Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour" debuted on CBS-TV.

1982 - Prince and the Revolution appeared on TV's "Solid Gold." The entire 1999 tour stage set-up was used and the song was lip-synched.

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1958 - Eddie Cochran performed "Jeannie Jeannie Jeannie" on "American Bandstand."

1962 - Jackie Wilson performed "The Greatest Hurt" on "American Bandstand."

1966 - The Kingsmen performed "Annie Francis" on "American Bandstand."

1966 - Peter & Gordon performed "Don't Pity Me" and "Woman" on "American Bandstand."

1972 - Tony Orlando & Dawn performed "Runaway/Happy Together" and "What Are You Doing Sunday" on "American Bandstand."

1983 - Yarbrough & Peoples performed "Heartbeats" and "Feels So Good" on "American Bandstand."

1983 - Con Funk Shun performed "Ms. Got the Body" and "Love's Train" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Saturday, January 28, 2017

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1956 - Elvis Presley appeared on the Dorsey brothers' "Stage Show." It was Elvis' first network television appearance.

1965 - The Who made their first appearance on the British TV rock show "Ready Steady Go!"

1973 - CBS-TV debuted "Barnaby Jones."

1978 - The Doobie Brothers made an appearance on ABC-TV's "What's Happening."

1979 - The 200th episode of "All In The Family" aired.

1983 - The first season of "Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer" began on CBS.

1996 - Chris Isaak made a guest appearance on the NBC TV show "Friends."

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1963 - Steve Alaimo performed "Every Day I Have to Cry" on "American Bandstand."

1967 - The Standells performed "Dirty Water" on "American Bandstand."

1978 - The Sylvers performed "Any Way You Want Me" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Friday, January 27, 2017

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1964 - The Rolling Stones appeared as judges on the British TV show "Juke Box Jury."

1976 - The TV series "Laverne and Shirley" debuted. The show was cancelled in 1983.

1998 - U.S. First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared on NBC's "Today" show. She charged that the allegations against her husband were the work of a "vast right-wing conspiracy."

2002 - Stephen King's three-part, six-hour miniseries "Rose Red" began airing on ABC-TV.

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1961 - Carla Thomas performed "Gee Whiz (Look at His Eyes)" on "American Bandstand."

1968 - John Fred & the Playboy Band performed "Hey Hey Bunny" and "Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)" on "American Bandstand."

1973 - Steely Dan performed "Do It Again" on "American Bandstand."

1979 - Alicia Bridges performed "I Love the Nightlife" on "American Bandstand."

1979 - Dan Hartman performed "Instant Replay" and "This Is It" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Thursday, January 26, 2017

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1975 - The BBC showed a documentary on David Bowie called "Cracked Actor."

1959 - "Alcoa Presents" debuted on ABC-TV. The show would later be renamed "One Step Beyond".

1979 - The first episode of "The Dukes Of Hazzard" aired on CBS.

1984 - CBS television debuted Mickey Spillane's "Mike Hammer."

1994 - "Babylon 5" began airing on TNT.

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1959 - Georgia Gibbs performed "The Hula Hoop Song" on "American Bandstand."

1962 - Lou Rawls appeared on "American Bandstand."

1974 - Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes performed "The Love I Lost" on "American Bandstand."

1985 - Stephanie Mills performed "The Medicine Song" and "Edge of the Razor" on "American Bandstand."

1985 - John Hunter performed "Tragedy" on "American Bandstand."

2005 - Dick Clark returned home after more than seven weeks in the hospital after what was described as minor stroke.
Today is Wednesday, January 25, 2017

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1927 - Jack Benny married Sadye Marks on this day. Sadye changed her name to Mary Livingstone.

1937 - NBC radio presented the first broadcast of "The Guiding Light." The show remained on radio until 1956 and began on CBS-TV in 1952.

1949 - The first Emmys were presented at the Hollywood Athletic Club.

1961 - John F. Kennedy presented the first live presidential news conference from Washington, DC. The event was carried on radio and television.

1987 - The New York Giants defeated the Denver Broncos, 39-20, in Super Bowl XXI on NBC. The game featured TV commercials costing $550,000 for 30 seconds.

1990 - Paul McCartney (Beatles) was profiled on CBS-TV's "48 Hours".

1990 - Bill Medley (Righteous Brothers) appeared on NBC-TV's "Cheers."

1995 - The 100th episode of "L.A. Law" aired.

2006 - Richard Hatch, the winner of $1 million in the debut season of "Survivor", was found guilty of failing to pay taxes on his winnings. Hatch was taken straight to jail. His sentencing hearing was scheduled for April 28.

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1964 - Bobby Vinton performed "There! I've Said It Again" on "American Bandstand."

1969 - Classics IV performed "Stormy" and "Traces" on "American Bandstand."

1975 - Neil Sedaka performed "Laughter in the Rain" on "American Bandstand."

1975 - Michael Jackson performed "We're Almost There" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Tuesday, January 24, 2017

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1964 - CBS-TV acquired the rights to televise the National Football League’s 1964-1965 regular season. The move cost CBS $14.1 million a year. The NFL stayed on CBS for 30 years.

2001 - In Colorado Springs, CO, Patrick Murphy Jr. and Donald Newbury were taken into custody after a 5-minute phone interview was granted with a TV station. They were the remaining fugitives of the "Texas 7." 

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1958 - Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers performed "Goody Goody" on "American Bandstand."

1961 - Johnny Burnette performed "Little Boy Sad" on "American Bandstand."

1970 - Joe South performed "Walk a Mile in My Shoes" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Monday, January 23, 2017

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1975 - "Barney Miller" made its debut on ABC-TV.

1977 - The TV mini-series "Roots," began airing on ABC. The show was based on the Alex Haley novel.

1983 - "The A-Team" debuted on TV.

1985 - The proceedings of the House of Lords were televised for the first time.

1988 - At the Quaker State Open, Bob Benoit won a $100,000 bonus and became the first bowler to win a televised tournament by rolling a perfect 300 game.

1995 - The first episode of "Platypus Man" aired.

2002 - CNN announced that it had hired Connie Chung away from ABC News.

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1958 - Connie Francis performed "Who's Sorry Now" on "American Bandstand."

1959 - Little Willie John performed "You're a Sweetheart" on "American Bandstand."

1963 - Johnny Mathis performed "What Will Mary Say" on "American Bandstand."

1971 - The Cowsills performed "The Rain, the Park, and Other Things" on "American Bandstand."

1982 - The Go-Go's performed "Our Lips Are Sealed" and "We Got The Beat" on "American Bandstand."

1982 - Stevie Woods performed "Just Can't Win 'em All" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Sunday, January 22, 2017

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1962 - Gene Chandler made his TV debut on "American Bandstand."

1947 - KTLA, Channel 5, in Hollywood, CA, began operation as the first commercial television station west of the Mississippi River.

1968 - "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In", debuted on NBC TV.

1973 - Joe Frazier lost the first fight of his professional career to George Foreman. He had been the undefeated heavyweight world champion since February 16, 1970 when he knocked out Jimmy Ellis. The event was HBO's first televised boxing match.

1987 - Phil Donahue became the first talk show host to tape a show from inside the Soviet Union. The shows were shown later in the year.

1990 - Guns 'N' Roses guitarist Slash used profanity numerous times on live television while accepting an American Music Award.

2002 - Pat Summerall announced that he would leave his NFL broadcasting partner, John Madden, after they called the Super Bowl for Fox Sports. The two had worked together for 21 years.

2010 - Conan O'Brien's hosted his last episode of "The Tonight Show."

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1962 - Gene Chandler performed "Duke of Earl" on "American Bandstand."

1963 - Barbara Lynn performed "Don't Be Cruel" on "American Bandstand."

1966 - Joe Tex performed "A Sweet Young Woman Like You" on "American Bandstand."

1972 - The Hillside Singers performed "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" and "We're Together" on "American Bandstand."

1972 - Tommy James performed "Nothing to Hide" and "Tell 'em Willie Boy's a-Comin'" on "American Bandstand."

1977 - The Commodores and Kenny Nolan performed on "American Bandstand." The Commodores peformed "Just to Be Close to You" and "Fancy Dancer." Kenny Nolan performed "My Jole" and "I Like Dreamin'."

1983 - Juice Newton performed "Heart of the Night" and "Queen of Hearts" on "American Bandstand."

1983 - Wall of Voodoo performed "Mexican Radio" and "Tomorrow" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Saturday, January 21, 2017

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1957 - Singer Patsy Cline appeared on Arthur Godfrey's nighttime TV show. She performed "Walking After Midnight."

1962 - Jackie Wilson appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

1970 - ABC-TV presented "The Johnny Cash Show" in prime time.

1990 - MTV's "Unplugged" made its debut with Squeeze as the first performers.

1990 - The Perry Mason TV movie "The Case of the Poisened Pen" aired.

2002 - The 100th episode of "Ally McBeal" aired.

2010 - It was announced that Conan O'Brien would be leaving NBC's "Tonight Show."

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1958 - Johnny Cash performed "Ballad of a Teenage Queen" on "American Bandstand."

1960 - Frankie Ford performed "Time After Time" on "American Bandstand."

1967 - Buffalo Springfield performed "For What It's Worth" on "American Bandstand."

1967 - Otis Redding performed "Try a Little Tenderness" on "American Bandstand."

1978 - Samantha Sang performed "Emotion" on "American Bandstand."

1978 - Bill Withers performed "Lovely Day" on "American Bandstand."

1984 - The Eric Martin Band performed "Sucker for a Pretty Face" and Letting It Out" on "American Bandstand."

1984 - Tavares performed "Words and Music" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Friday, January 20, 2017

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1953 - "Studio One" became the first television show to be transmitted from the United States to Canada.

1965 - The Rolling Stones and the Kinks made their first appearance on ABC-TV's "Shindig!"

1985 - The most-watched Super Bowl game in history was seen by an estimated 115.9 million people. The San Francisco 49ers downed the Miami Dolphins, 38-16. Super Bowl XIX marked the first time that TV commercials sold for a million dollars a minute.

1989 - The 100th episode of "Miami Vice" aired on NBC.

1998 - The first episode of "Dawson's Creek" aired on the WB network.

1999 - ESPN announced the creation of the Great Outdoor Games to be held in Lake Placid, NY, in 2000.

2008 - The pilot episode of "Breaking Bad" aired.

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1958 - Dale Wright & the Rock-its performed "She's Neat" on "American Bandstand."

1959 - Jim Reeves performed "Billy Bayou" on "American Bandstand."

1968 - Joe Simon performed "No Sad Songs" on "American Bandstand."

1968 - American Breed performed "Green Lite" on "American Bandstand."

1979 - Livingston Taylor performed "I Will Be In Love With You" on "American Bandstand."

1979 - Grace Jones appeared on "American Bandstand."
Today is Thursday, January 19, 2017

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1953 - Sixty-eight percent of all TV sets in the U.S. were tuned to CBS-TV, as Lucy Ricardo, of "I Love Lucyve birth to a baby boy.

1955 - U.S. President Eisenhower allowed a filmed news conference to be used on television (and in movie newsreels) for the first time.

1957 - Philadelphia comedian, Ernie Kovacs, did a half-hour TV show without saying a single word of dialogue.

1957 - Johnny Cash made his first network TV appearance, on CBS' "Jackie Gleason Show."

1967 - Lesly Gore appeared on ABC-TV's "Batman" as Catwoman's sidekick, Pussycat.

2012 - The 100th episode of "The Big Bang Theory" aired.

2013 - In Scottsdale, AZ, the original Batmobile for the TV series "Batman" sold at auction for $4.6 million. It was the first of six Batmobiles produced for the show.

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1960 - Ray Smith performed "Rockin' Little Angel" on "American Bandstand."

1961 - Skeeter Davis performed "My Last Date (With You)" on "American Bandstand."

1962 - Frankie Avalon performed "You Are Mine" on "American Bandstand."

1974 - Jim Stafford performed "Spiders and Snakes" on "American Bandstand."

1985 - Dan Hartman performed "I Can Dream About You" and "Second Nature" on "American Bandstand."

1985 - Kashif performed "Ooh Love" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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1951 - Joan Blondell made her TV debut on "Pot of Gold" episode of "Airflyte Theatre" on CBS-TV.

1974 - The first episode of "The Six Million Dollar Man" aired.

1975 - "The Jeffersons" debuted on CBS-TV.

1976 - The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Dallas Cowboys 21-17 in Super Bowl X. The CBS telecast was viewed by an estimated 80 million people.

1978 - The 100th episode of "Good Times" was aired by CBS.

1987 - For the first time in history the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) was seen by over 100 million viewers. The audience was measured during the week of January 12-18.

1995 - The 100th episode of "Northern Exposure" aired on CBS.

2001 - The Cartoon Network exclusively aired the last episode of "Batman Beyond."

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1961 - Johnny Tillotson performed "Jimmy's Girl" on "American Bandstand."

1962 - Ike & Tina Turner performed "Poor Fool" on "American Bandstand."

1963 - Paul & Paula performed "Hey Paula" on "American Bandstand."

1964 - Major Lance performed "Um Um Um Um Um" on "American Bandstand."

1975 - The Chi-Lites performed "Toby" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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1949 - "The Goldbergs" debuted on CBS-TV. The program had been on radio since 1931. The TV version lasted for four years.

1966 - NBC ordered 32 episodes of "The Monkees" for its upcoming fall schedule.

1975 - The television show "Baretta" debuted on ABC.

1985 - Leonard Nimoy got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1992 - "Michael Jackson...the Legend Continues" aired on CBS-TV.

1994 - Donny Osmond fought the Partridge Family's Danny Bonaduce in a charity boxing match in Chicago, IL. Bonaduce won a split decision.

1997 - Metallica's video "King Nothing" premiered on MTV.

1999 - Cindy Lauper was a voice on the TV show "The Simpsons."

2002 - Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani appeared on the "Tonight Show" with Jay Leno.

2003 - It was announced that FOX had renewed "The Simpsons" for two more seasons. The extension pushed the show past "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" as the all-time longest-running situation comedy.

2003 - It was announced that Madonna would make an appearance on NBC's "Will & Grace" in May. The appearance was Madonna's first episodic TV series debut.

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1963 - Dion performed "Ruby Baby" on "American Bandstand."

1970 - The 1910 Fruitgum Co. performed "The Train" on "American Bandstand."

1970 - Ohio Express performed "Sausalito" on "American Bandstand."

1976 - The Captain & Tennille performed "Lonely Nights" on "American Bandstand."

1981 - Rockpile performed "Teacher Teacher" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Monday, January 16, 2017

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1939 - The "I Love a Mystery" debuted on NBC’s West-Coast outlets.

1976 - The TV show "Donny & Marie" premiered on ABC-TV.

1987 - The Beastie Boys became the first act censored on "American Bandstand."

1988 - Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder was fired as a CBS sports commentator one day after telling a TV station in Washington, DC, that, during the era of slavery, blacks had been bred to produce stronger offspring.

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1961 - Mickey & Sylvia performed "What Would I Do" on "American Bandstand."

1962 - Gene Pitney performed "Town Without Pity" on "American Bandstand."

1965 - James Darren performed "Goodbye Cruel World" on "American Bandstand."

1971 - King Floyd performed "Groove Me" on "American Bandstand."

1971 - A video of Ike & Tina Turner performing "Proud Mary" was aired on "American Bandstand."

1982 - Del Shannon performed "Sea of Love" on "American Bandstand."

1982 - Sneaker performed "More Than Just The Two Of Us" and "Don't Let Me In" on "American Bandstand."

1987 - The Beastie Boys became the first act censored on "American Bandstand." 
Today is Sunday, January 15, 2017

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1967 - The Rolling Stones performed on TV's "Ed Sullivan Show" and were forced to change their lyrics of "Let's Spend the Night Together" to "Let's Spend Some Time Together."

1967 - The first National Football League Super Bowl was played. The Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League. The final score was 35-10. The game was televised by both CBS and NBC.

1974 - "Happy Days" premiered on ABC-TV.

1981 - The first episode of "Hill Street Blues" aired.

1995 - The first episode of "Star Trek: Voyager" aired.

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1959 - Duane Eddy performed "The Lonely One" on "American Bandstand."

1962 - The Shirelles performed "Baby It's You" on "American Bandstand."

1966 - Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels performed "Jenny Take a Ride" and "Little Latin Lupe Lu" on "American Bandstand."

1966 - Bobby Goldsboro performed "Broomstick Cowboy" and "It's Too Late" on "American Bandstand."

1972 - Bread performed "Baby I'm a Want You" on "American Bandstand."

1983 - The Bus Boys performed "The Boys Are Back In Town" and "American Worker" on "American Bandstand."

1983 - Ray Parker, Jr. performed "Bad Boy" and "The People Next Door" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Saturday, January 14, 2017

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1952 - NBC's "Today" show premiered.

1972 - NBC-TV debuted "Sanford & Son."

1976 - "Bionic Woman" debuted on ABC.

1985 - Former Miss America, Phyllis George, joined Bill Kurtis as host of "The CBS Morning News".

1990 - "The Simpsons" began airing regularly.

1990 - America's Funniest Home Videos debuted as a regular weekly series. The show was originally aired as a special on November 26, 1989.

1993 - TV talk show host David Letterman announced he was moving from NBC to CBS.

1996 - Fox aired the San Francisco 49er/Dallas Cowboy NFC championship game. The game pulled a 34.2/57 Nielsen rating.

1997 - The Beach Boys guest starred on ABC-TV's "Home Improvement".

1998 - NBC agreed to pay Warner Bros. $13 million per episode to retain the TV show "ER."

1999 - Garth Brooks appeared on Sesame Street. He sang the song called "Together We Make Music".

2001 - The final episode of "The Jamie Foxx Show" aired.

2002 - NBC's "Today" celebrated its 50th anniversary on television.

2002 - TNT world premiered the TV movie "Monday Night Mayhem."

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1958 - Sam Cooke performed "I Love You for Sentimental Reasons" and "Desire Me" on "American Bandstand."

1967 - The Youngbloods performed "Grizzly Bear" on "American Bandstand."

1967 - Mike Williams performed "Lonely Soldier" on "American Bandstand."

1978 - Peter Brown performed "Do Ya Wanna Get Funky With Me" on "American Bandstand."

1978 - High Energy performed "You Can't Turn Me Off" on "American Bandstand."

1984 - Quarterflash performed "Take Me to Heart" and "Take Another Picture" on "American Bandstand."

1984 - Madonna performed "Holiday" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Friday, January 13, 2017

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1928 - Ernst F. W. Alexanderson gave the first public demonstration of television.

1966 - Elizabeth Montgomery’s character, Samantha, on "Bewitched," had a baby. The baby's name was Tabitha.

1973 - ABC aired the final episode of "Alias Smith and Jones."

1997 - The first episode of "La Femme Nikita" aired.

1998 - NBC agreed to pay almost $13 million for each episode of the TV show E.R. It was the highest amount ever paid for a TV show.

1998 - ABC and ESPN negotiated to keep "Monday Night Football" for $1.15 billion a season.

1998 - One of the 110 missing episodes of the British TV show "Doctor Who" was found in New Zealand.

1998 - The NFL completed a $9.2 billion deal with to keep "Monday Night Football" on ABC and the entire Sunday night cable package for ESPN.

1998 - The 100th episode of "NYPD Blue" aired on ABC.

2001 - TV Guide issued a set of commemorative Elvis Presley covers.

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1958 - Dickie Doo & the Don'ts performed "Click-Click" on "American Bandstand."

1968 - The Box Tops performed "Cry Like a Baby" on "American Bandstand."

1968 - Jimmie Rodgers performed "Child of Clay" on "American Bandstand."

1973 - The Chi-Lites performed "We Need Order" on "American Bandstand."

1979 - Peaches & Herb performed "Reunited" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Thursday, January 12, 2017

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1949 - "Arthur Godfrey and His Friends" was debuted on CBS-TV. The show stayed on the network for seven years.

1949 - "Kukla, Fran and Ollie", the Chicago-based children’s show, made its national debut on NBC-TV.

1955 - Rod Serling’s career began with the TV production of "Patterns."

1958 - Major league baseball players Stan Musial and Johnny Padres were guests on the "Ed Sullivan Show."

1964 - The Beatles made their second appearance on BBC-TV's "Sunday Night at the London Palladium."

1965 - The dance show "Hullabaloo" premiered on NBC TV.

1966 - The television series "Batman" debuted on ABC.

1967 - "Dragnet" returned to NBC-TV after being off the network schedule for eight years.

1968 - The Supremes appeared in an episode of "Tarzan" on NBC-TV. The ladies played a group of nuns.

1971 - "All In the Family" debuted on CBS-TV.

1991 - "The Superfans," the #1 fans of the Chicago Bears, sketch debuted on "Saturday Night Live."

1997 - The first episode of "King of the Hill" was aired.

1997 - On ABC, Paula Abdul made her dramatic acting debut in "In The Shadow of Evil."

2002 - Conan O'Brien and Liza Powel were married. The two had met when Powel appeared on NBC's "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" in a skit about advertising a year earlier.

2004 - NBC announced that the series "Frasier" would end the following May after 11 seasons.

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1974 - Kool & the Gang performed "Jungle Boogie" and "Funky Stuff" on "American Bandstand."

1974 - Albert Hammond performed "Half a Million Miles Away" on "American Bandstand."

1985 - General Public performed "Tenderness" and "Never You Done that" on "American Bandstand."

1985 - Rebbie Jackson performed "Centipede" on "American Bandstand."

Today is Wednesday, January 11, 2017
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1958 - "Seahunt" debuted on CBS-TV. The show was aired on the network for four years.

1963 - The Beatles made their first national TV appearance in the U.K. They performed the song "Please Please Me" on the show "Thank Your Lucky Stars."

1983 - "The Joy of Painting" aired for the first time.

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1961 - Brian Hyland performed "That's How Much" on "American Bandstand."

1963 - Freddy Cannon performed "If You Were a Rock'n'Roll Record" on "American Bandstand."

1964 - The Crystals performed "Little Boy" on "American Bandstand."

1964 - Freddy Cannon performed "Abigail Beecher" on "American Bandstand."

1969 - Dorsey Burnette performed "The Greatest Love" on "American Bandstand."

1975 - The B.T. Express performed "Do It (Til Your Satisfied)" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Tuesday, January 10, 2017


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1962 - The NFL entered into a single-network agreement with CBS for telecasting all regular-season games for $4.65 million annually.

1971 - "Masterpiece Theatre" premiered on PBS with host Alistair Cooke. The introduction drama series was "The First Churchills."

1980 - The final episode of "The Rockford Files" aired on NBC.

1985 - Ted Nugent appeared on TV's "Miami Vice."

1999 - The animated series "Batman Beyond" debuted on the WB network.

1999 - HBO began airing the series "The Sopranos."

2002 - Ethan Zohn was announced as the winner of CBS' "Survivor 3."

2005 - CBS fired four executives following the release of an independent investigation about a "60 Minutes Wednesday" story about U.S. President George W. Bush's military service. The investigation said a "myopic zeal" led to the story being aired that was neither fair nor accurate. Forged documents had been used for proof in the story.

2007 - The iTunes Music Store reached 50 million television episodes sold.

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1958 - George Hamilton IV performed "Why Don't They Understand" on "American Bandstand."

1958 - Sal Mineo performed "Party Time" and "Little Pigeon" on "American Bandstand."

1961 - Buzz Clifford performed "Baby Sittin' Boogie" on "American Bandstand."

1963 - Barbara Lynn performed "You're Gonna Need Me" on "American Bandstand."

1976 - David Geddes performed "Last Game of the Season" on "American Bandstand."

1981 - Kool & the Gang performed "Celebration" on "American Bandstand."

1981 - John Cougar Mellencamp performed "Ain't Even Done With The Night" on "American Bandstand."