Sunday, March 24, 2019

Today in TV History - March 2019


Today is Sunday, March 24, 2019

Today in
Television History

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

1980 - "Nightline" with Ted Koppel premiered.

Today in
American Bandstand History

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 Saturday, March 23, 2019


Today in
Television History

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.


Today in

American Bandstand History

1959 - Franie 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 Friday, March 22, 2019


Today in
Television History

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.

Today in
American Bandstand History

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 Thursday, March 21, 2019


Today in
Television History

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.


Today in

American Bandstand History

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 Wednesday, March 20, 2019


Today in
Television History

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.

Today in
American Bandstand History

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 Tuesday, March 19, 2019


Today in
Television History

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."

Today in

American Bandstand History

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 Monday, March 18, 2019


Today in
Television History

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

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


Today in

American Bandstand History

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 Sunday, March 17, 2019


Today in
Television History

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.


Today in

American Bandstand History

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 Saturday, March 16, 2019


Today in
Television History

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.


Today in

American Bandstand History

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 Friday, March 15, 2019


Today in
Television History

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.

Today in

American Bandstand History

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 Thursday, March 14, 2019


Today in
Television History

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."


Today in

American Bandstand History

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 Wednesday, March 13, 2019


Today in
Television History

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.


Today in

American Bandstand History

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 Tuesday, March 12, 2019


Today in
Television History

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.


Today in

American Bandstand History

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 Monday, March 11, 2019


Today in
Television History

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.


Today in

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 Sunday, March 10, 2019


Today in
Television History

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.

Today in

American Bandstand History

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 Saturday, March 9, 2019


Today in
Television History

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".


Today in

American Bandstand History

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 Friday, March 8, 2019


Today in
Television History

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.


Today in
American Bandstand History

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 Thursday, March 7, 2019


Today in
Television History

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.


Today in

American Bandstand History

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 Wednesday, March 6, 2019


Today in
Television History

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.


Today in

American Bandstand History

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 Tuesday, March 5, 2019


Today in
Television History

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

1969 - Dusty Springfield collapsed while taping a TV appearance.


Today in

American Bandstand History

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 Monday, March 4, 2019


Today in
Television History

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.


Today in

American Bandstand History

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 Sunday, March 3, 2019


Today in
Television History

1985 - The television show "Moonlighting" premiered.

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

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


Today in

American Bandstand History

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 Saturday, March 2, 2019


Today in
Television History

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.



Today in

American Bandstand History

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 Friday, March 1, 2019


Today in
Television History

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".


Today in

American Bandstand History

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."

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