Saturday, July 21, 2018

Today in TV History - July 2018

Today is Saturday, July 21, 2018


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.

Today in
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."



Today is Friday, July 20, 2018

Today in
Television History

1968 - Jane Asher appeared on BBC-TV's "Dee Time." She announced that her relationship with Paul McCartney was over.
Today in
American Bandstand History

1962 - Johnny Tillotson performed "It Keeps Right on a-Hurting" on "American Bandstand."

1968 - Joe Tex performed "I'll Never Do You Wrong" and "Keep the One You Got" on "American Bandstand."

1974 - George McCrae performed "Rock Your Baby" on "American Bandstand."

1974 - Rufus (with Chaka Khan) performed "Tell Me Something Good" on "American Bandstand."


Today is Thursday, July 19, 2018


Today in
Television History

1960 - The pilot episode of "The Dick Van Dyke Show" aired.

1996 - HBO aired the final episode of "Tales from the Crypt."

2007 - The 100th episode of "American Chopper" aired.


Today in

American Bandstand History

1960 - Brian Hyland performed "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" on "American Bandstand."

1962 - Duane Eddy performed "Ballad of Paladin" on "American Bandstand."

1969 - Peppermint Rainbow performed "Don't Wake Me Up in the Morning, Michael" on "American Bandstand."

1969 - Andy Kim performed "Baby I Love You" on "American Bandstand."

1975 - Melissa Manchester performed "Midnight Blue" on "American Bandstand."

1975 - Bazuka performed "Dynomite" on "American Bandstand."

1980 - The Temptations performed "Power" on "American Bandstand."



Today is Wednesday, July 18, 2018


Today in
Television History

2001 - MTV premiered the original movie "Hysteria - The Def Leppard Story."

2000 - It was announced that Christopher Reeve would direct and serve as executive producer on the TV movie "Rescuing Jeffrey."

Today in
American Bandstand History

1964 - Terry Stafford performed "I'll Touch a Star" on "American Bandstand."

1964 - Bobby Freeman performed "Come On and Swim" on "American Bandstand."

1970 - Tyrone Davis performed "Turn Back the Hands of Time" and "I'll Be Right Here" on "American Bandstand."

1970 - Flaming Ember performed "Mind, Body and Soul" on "American Bandstand."


Today is Tuesday, July 17, 2018


Today in
Television History

1961 - John Chancellor became the on-air host of the "Today" show on NBC-TV. Chancellor replaced Dave Garroway.

Today in

American Bandstand History

1961 - Jack Scott performed "A Little Feeling Called Love" and "My Dream Come True" on "American Bandstand."

1962 - Brian Hyland performed "Sealed with a Kiss" on "American Bandstand."

1963 - Freddy Cannon performed "Everybody Monkey" on "American Bandstand."

1971 - Chee Chee and Peppy and Rose-Colored Glass" performed "Can't Find the Time" and "If It's Alright With You" on "American Bandstand."

1976 - Maxine Nightingale performed "Right Back Where We Started From" on "American Bandstand."



Today is Monday, July 16, 2018


Today in
Television History

1985 - The All-Star Game, televised on NBC-TV, was the first program broadcast in stereo by a TV network.

1999 - The Beach Boys appeared on NBC-TV's Today.


Today in

American Bandstand History

1962 - Freddy Cannon performed "Palisades Park" on "American Bandstand."

1977 - Joe Tex performed "Ain't Gonna Bump No More" on "American Bandstand."

1977 - On "American Bandstand," a taped performance by Cat Stevens was played. He performed the song "Old Schoolyard."



Today is Sunday, July 15, 2018


Today in
Television History

1952 - Patti Page made her TV debut in a summer replacement series for Perry Como.

1968 - ABC-TV premiered "One Life to Live."

1981 - Steven Ford, son of former President Gerald R. Ford, appeared in a seduction scene of "The Young and the Restless" on CBS-TV. Ford played the part of Andy.

1999 - The original Drifters performed on Today on NBC-TV.

2002 - The July 20th issue of TV Guide went on sale featuring a list of the 50 worst TV shows of all time. "The Jerry Springer Show" was ranked #1.

2002 - Phil Donahue returned to television with a new discussion program called "Donahue" on MSNBC. The show was cancelled on February 24, 2003.


Today in

American Bandstand History

1959 - Duane Eddy performed "40 Miles of Bad Road" and "The Quiet Three" on "American Bandstand."

1962 - Little Eva performed "The Locomotion" on "American Bandstand."

1967 - Tommy Roe performed "Little Miss Sunshine" on "American Bandstand."

1967 - The Impressions performed "You Always Hurt Me" on "American Bandstand."



Today is Saturday, July 14, 2018


Today in
Television History

1989 - Cyndi Lauper released the first closed-captioned video. The video was for the song "My First Night Without You."

2003 - Jerry Springer officially filed papers to run for the U.S. Senate from Ohio.


Today in

American Bandstand History

1973 - The DeFranco Family performed "Heartbeat - It's a Lovebeat" on "American Bandstand."

1979 - Alton McClain & Destiny performed "Ring My Bell" on "American Bandstand."



Today is Friday, July 13, 2018


Today in
Television History

1938 - The first television theater opened in Boston, MA. The variety show was performed on a floor above the theater and transmitted downstairs by TV.

1960 - Freddy Cannon performed "Happy Shades of Blue" on "American Bandstand."

1984 - Sportscaster Howard Cosell asked to be released from his duties on "Monday Night Football." He said that he was "tired of being tied to the football mentality."

2002 - It was announced that the South African version of "Sesame Street" would be introducing a character that was HIV-positive.

Today in

American Bandstand History

1960 - Freddy Cannon performed "Happy Shades of Blue" on "American Bandstand."

1961 - Freddy Cannon performed "Transistor Sister" on "American Bandstand."

1974 - Main Ingredient performed "'Just Don't Wanna Be Lonely" on "American Bandstand."

1974 - Andy Kim performed "Rock Me Gently" on "American Bandstand."



Today is Thursday, July 12, 2018


Today in
Television History

1970 - PBS began airing concerts by the Boston Pops Orchestra.

1976 - The TV game show "Family Feud" premiered with Richard Dawson as the host.

1990 - The first episode of "Northern Exposure" aired on CBS.

2002 - The first season of "Monk" began.

Today in

American Bandstand History

1960 - Frankie Lymon performed "Little Bitty Pretty One" on "American Bandstand."

1975 - Gwen McCrae performed "Rockin' Chair" on "American Bandstand."

1980 - Whispers performed "Lady" on "American Bandstand."




Today is Wednesday, July 11, 2018


Today in
Television History

1934 - The first appointments to the newly created Federal Communications Commission were made.

1962 - The first transatlantic TV transmission was sent through the Telstar I satellite.

1998 - MTV premiered the special "Beastiography," a profile of the Beastie Boys.


Today in

American Bandstand History

1961 - Maxine Brown performed "Funny" on "American Bandstand."

1962 - Fats Domino performed "Nothing New" and "Dance with Mr. Domino" on "American Bandstand."

1964 - Roger Miller performed "Dang Me" on "American Bandstand."

1970 - Alive and Kicking performed "Tighter, Tighter" and "Let It Come" on "American Bandstand."

1970 - The Impressions performed "Check Out Your Mind" and "Baby Turn On to Me" on "American Bandstand."

Today is Tuesday, July 10, 2018

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.

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."

Today is Monday, July 9, 2018


Today in
Television History

1956 - Dick Clark made his debut as host of "Bandstand" on a Philadelphia TV station. The name of the show was changed to "American Bandstand" when it went to ABC-TV.

1985 - Joe Namath, signed a five-year pact with ABC-TV to provide commentary for "Monday Night Football".

1993 - NBC aired "A Different World" for the last time.

1998 - MTV Networks Europe announced in London the launch of freeform music channel M2 Europe. It was the first TV station to be launched on the internet.

1999 - The state of Indiana renamed a 25-mile stretch of Interstate Route 65 as "Kenneth Babyface Edmonds Highway." The same day Babyface donated $50,000 to establish VH1's Save The Music campaign in the state.

2002 - ABC aired a rare interview with David Letterman on the premiere of "Up Close."


Today in

American Bandstand History

1956 - Dick Clark made his debut as host of "Bandstand" on a Philadelphia TV station. The name of the show was changed to "American Bandstand" when it went to ABC-TV.

1966 - The Leaves performed "Hey Joe" on "American Bandstand."

1977 - The Bay City Rollers performed "You Made Me Believe in Magic" on "American Bandstand."

1983 - Champaign performed "Try Again" and "Let Your Body Rock" on "American Bandstand."



Today is Sunday, July 8, 2018


Today in
Television History

1953 - Notre Dame announced that the next five years of its football games would be shown in theatres over closed circuit TV.

1970 - "The Everly Brothers Show" was launched on ABC-TV as a summer series.

1990 - The final episode of "Mr. Belvedere" aired on ABC.


Today in

American Bandstand History

1962 - Ruth Brown performed "Shake a Hand" on "American Bandstand."

1963 - Stevie Wonder performed "Fingertips, Part 2" on "American Bandstand."

1967 - The Five Americans performed "Western Union" and "Zip Code" on "American Bandstand."

1972 - Darrel Gerard performed "Butterfly" on "American Bandstand."

1978 - Rare Earth performed "Warm Ride" on "American Bandstand."




Today is Saturday, July 7, 2018


Today in
Television History

1956 - Johnny Cash made his first appearance on "Grand Ole Opry."

1971 - Karen and Richard Carpenter hosted "Make Your Own Kind of Music" on NBC-TV. The show was a summer series.

2000 - The BBC imposed an early-evening ban on Robbie Williams' newest video entitled "Rock DJ."

Today in

American Bandstand History

1959 - Tradewinds performed "Furry Murray" on "American Bandstand."

1961 - Mary Wells performed "I Don't Want to Take a Chance" on "American Bandstand."

1984 - Howard Jones performed "New Song" and "What Is Love" on "American Bandstand."

1984 - Dennis Edwards performed "Aphrodisiac" on "American Bandstand."



Today is Friday, July 6, 2018


Today in
Television History

1948 - Frieda Hennok became the first woman to serve as the commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission.

2000 - A jury awarded former NHL player Tony Twist $24 million for the unauthorized use of his name in the comic book Spawn and the HBO cartoon series. Co-defendant HBO settled with Twist out of court for an undisclosed amount.

Today in

American Bandstand History

1961 - Conway Twitty performed "The Next Kiss (Is the Last Goodbye)" on "American Bandstand."

1968 - Jon & Robin & the In Crowd performed "Dr. John, the Medicine Man" on "American Bandstand."

1974 - Jim Stafford performed "My Girl Bill" on "American Bandstand."

1974 - The Ohio Players performed "Jive Turkey" on "American Bandstand.




Today is Thursday, July 5, 2018


Today in
Television History

1989 - The pilot episode of "Seinfeld" aired on NBC.


Today in

American Bandstand History

1961 - Slim Harpo performed "Rainin' in My Heart" on "American Bandstand."

1963 - Dee Dee Sharp performed "Rock Me in the Cradle of Love" on "American Bandstand."

1969 - The Impressions performed "Seven Years" and "Choice of Colors" on "American Bandstand."

1969 - Jerry Butler performed "Moody Woman" and "What's the Use of Breaking Up" on "American Bandstand."

1975 - Donald Byrd and the Blackbyrds performed "Walkin' in Rhythm" on "American Bandstand."

1975 - Sparks appeared on "American Bandstand."

1975 - Al Martino performed "To the Door of the Sun" on "American Bandstand."

1980 - Stephanie Mills performed "Sweet Sensation" on "American Bandstand." 




Today is Wednesday, July 4, 2018


Today in
Television History

1964 - The Rolling Stones appeared on "Juke Box Jury."

1967 - Tom Jones appeared on the first telecast of CBS-TV's "Spotlight".

1999 - VH1 aired "Weird Al" Yankovic's "Behind the Music."


Today in

American Bandstand History

1960 - Jimmy Charles and the Revelettes performed "A Million to One" on "American Bandstand."

1963 - Joey Dee and the Starliters performed "Dance, Dance, Dance" on "American Bandstand."

1970 - Blues Image performed "Ride Captain Ride" on "American Bandstand."

Today is Tuesday, July 3, 2018


Today in
Television History

1959 - Ray Peterson performed "The Wonder of You" on "American Bandstand."

2003 - It was announced that Liberty Media Corp. had agreed to buy Comcast's majority ownership in QVC for $7.9 billion.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1959 - Ray Peterson performed "The Wonder of You" on "American Bandstand."

1965 - Terry Black performed "Unless You Care" on "American Bandstand."

1971 - Jerry Reed performed "When You're Hot, You're Hot" and "Ko Ko Joe" on "American Bandstand."

1982 - Franke & the Knockouts performed "Without You" on "American Bandstand."


Today is Monday, July 2, 2018


Today in
Television History

1955 - ABC Television premiered "The Lawrence Welk Show."

1976 - For the first time in 12 years, Brian Wilson joined the Beach Boys on stage. The next night the show was recorded for an NBC Beach Boys special.

1998 - Cable News Network (CNN) retracted a story that alleged that U.S. commandos had used nerve gas to kill American defectors during the Vietnam War.


Today in

American Bandstand History

1962 - Barbara Lynn performed "You'll Lose a Good Thing" on "American Bandstand."

1966 - The Vogues performed "Land of Milk and Honey" and "Magic Town" on "American Bandstand."

1977 - Pablo Cruise performed "Watcha Gonna Do" on "American Bandstand."

1983 - Mitch Ryder performed "When You Were Mine" and "Thrill of it All" on "American Bandstand."




Today is Sunday, July 1, 2018


Today in
Television History

1956 - Elvis appeared on "The Steve Allen Show." He was told not to dance and Allen had him sing "Hound Dog" to a real basset hound wearing tails.

1934 - The Federal Communications Commission replaced the Federal Radio Commission as the regulator of broadcasting in the United States.

1941 - Bulova Watch Company sponsored the first TV commercial in New York City, NY.

1972 - Michael Jackson appeared solo on "American Bandstand" to mime his hits "Ben" and "Rockin' Robin."

1981 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that candidates for federal office had an "affirmative right" to go on national television.

1991 - Court TV began airing.

Today in

American Bandstand History

1959 - Jimmy Clanton performed "My Own True Love" on "American Bandstand."

1972 - Michael Jackson appeared solo on "American Bandstand" to mime his hits "Ben," "I Wanna Be Where You Are" and "Rockin' Robin."

1978 - Pablo Cruise performed "Love Will Find a Way" on "American Bandstand."

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