Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Today in TV History - April 2019

Today is Tuesday, April 23, 2019


Today in
Television History

1954 - Lucille Ball appeared solo on the cover of "TV Guide" for the first time. Ball eventually made appearances on 34 "TV Guide" covers.

1989 - NBC aired the pilot episode of "Baywatch."


Today in
American Bandstand History

1958 - Laurie London performed "He's Got The Whole World in His Hands" on "American Bandstand."

1962 - Duane Eddy performed "Deep in the Heart of Texas" on "American Bandstand."

1966 - Martha & the Vandellas performed "My Baby Loves Me" on "American Bandstand."

1977 - The Sylvers performed "High School Dance" on "American Bandstand."

1977 - Cerrone performed "Love in C-minor" on "American Bandstand."

1983 - The English Beat performed "I Confess" and "Save It for Later" on "American Bandstand."

1983 - Red Rider performed "Human Race" and "Winner Take All" on "American Bandstand."



Today is Monday, April 22, 2019

Today in
Television History

1952 - An atomic test conducted in Nevada was the first nuclear explosion shown on live network television.

1954 - The U.S. Senate Army-McCarthy televised hearings began.

1968 - Herb Alpert debuted "This Guy's in Love With You" on his CBS-TV special.

1978 - The final episode of "Maude" aired.

1986 - NBC aired the final episode of "Riptide."

2000 - ABC-TV aired a small portion of the Clinton-DiCaprio interview.

2002 - Actor Robert Blake was charged with murder in the shooting death of his wife. He was later acquitted.

2005 - An anonymous bidder purchased the microphone that sat on Johnny Carson's desk. The final price was $50,787.

2010 - The NFL Draft was aired in prime time for the first time.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1959 - Johnny Nash performed "As Time Goes By" on "American Bandstand."

1967 - Gene Chandler performed "Girl Don't Care" on "American Bandstand."

1967 - Blues Magoos performed "Pipe Dream" on "American Bandstand."

1972 - Malo performed "Suavecito" on "American Bandstand."

1978 - Eddie Money performed "Baby Hold On" on "American Bandstand."

1978 - Millie Jackson performed "If You're Not Back in Love by Monday" on "American Bandstand."

Today is Sunday, April 21, 2019


Today in
Television History

1965 - The Beach Boys appeared on ABC-TV's "Shindig!" and performed "Do You Wanna Dance?"

1977 - Natalie Cole and John Denver were guests on Frank Sinatra's ABC-TV special "Sinatra & Friends".

1982 - The final episode of "WKRP in Cincinnati" aired on CBS.

1993 - The first episode of "Walker, Texas Ranger" aired on CBS.

1995 - MTV Asia re-launched its Mandarin-language channel.

1999 - Brooks & Dunn debuted their video "South of Santa Fe" while country.com simultaneously streamed the video. It was the first time that a country video debuted simultaneously on TV and the Internet.

1999 - The 200th episode of "L.A. Law" aired.


Today in

American Bandstand History

1959 - Jesse Belvin performed "Guess Who?" on "American Bandstand."

1961 - Shep & the Limelites performed "Daddy's Home" on "American Bandstand."

1973 - Tony Orlando & Dawn performed "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree" on "American Bandstand."

1979 - Fabulous Poodles performed "Mirror Star" on "American Bandstand."

1984 - Shannon performed "Let the Music Play" and "Give Me Tonight" on "American Bandstand."

1984 - Golden Earring performed "Clear Light Moonlight" on "American Bandstand."


Today is Saturday, April 20, 2019


Today in
Television History

1959 - "Desilu Playhouse" on CBS-TV presented a two-part show titled "The Untouchables."

1981 - The final episode of "Soap" aired on ABC.

1989 - Scientist announced the successful testing of high-definition TV.


Today in
American Bandstand History

1962 - Ketty Lester performed "Love Letters" on "American Bandstand."

1974 - Tony Orlando & Dawn performed "It Only Hurts When I Try to Smile" on "American Bandstand."

1985 - Lady Pank performed "Minus Zero" and "Hero" on "American Bandstand."

1985 - Sheena Easton performed "Swear" on "American Bandstand."

Today is Friday, April 19, 2019


Today in
Television History

1989 - The Perry Mason TV movie "The Case of the Musical Murder" aired.

1997 - The first episode of "Angry Beavers" aired on NICK.


Today in

American Bandstand History

1961 - The Frogmen performed "Underwater" on "American Bandstand."

1963 - Johnny Cymbal performed "Mr. Bass Man" and "Teenage Heaven" on "American Bandstand."

1980 - Tommy James performed "Three Times in Love" on "American Bandstand."



Today is Thursday, April 18, 2019


Today in
Television History

1971 - The Jackson 5 and Bill Cosby were guests on Diana Ross' solo TV special "diana."

1975 - Alice Cooper's first TV special, "Welcome To My Nightmare: The Making Of A Record Album" aired.

1979 - The TV show "Real People" premiered.


Today in

American Bandstand History

1958 - Huey Smith & the Clowns performed "Don't You Just Know It" on "American Bandstand."

1963 - Al Martino performed "I Love You Because" on "American Bandstand."

1964 - The Beach Boys performed "Fun Fun Fun" and "I Get Around" on "American Bandstand."

1970 - Norman Greenbaum performed "Spirit in the Sky" on "American Bandstand."

1970 - Cold Blood performed "You Got Me Hummin'" on "American Bandstand."

2012 - Dick Clark died of a heart attack at the age of 82.

Today is Monday, April 15, 2019



Today in
Television History

1951 - The first episode of "Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok" aired.

1956 - The worlds’ first, all-color TV station was dedicated. It was WNBQ-TV in Chicago and is now WMAQ-TV.

2002 - The series finale of ABC's "Once & Again" aired.

2002 - HSN began airing "The NHL Show" featuring Phil Esposito.


Today in
American Bandstand History

1958 - The Ames Brothers performed "A Very Precious Love" on "American Bandstand."

1960 - Freddy Cannon performed "Jump Over" and "The Urge" on "American Bandstand."

1967 - Martha & the Vandellas performed "Jimmy Mack" on "American Bandstand."

1967 - The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band performed "Buy for Me the Rain" on "American Bandstand."

1972 - Bobby Vinton performed "Every Day of My Life" on "American Bandstand."

1972 - The Five Man Electrical Band performed "Signs" and "Absolutely Right" on "American Bandstand."

Today is Sunday, April 14, 2019

Today in
Television History

1958 - Van Cliburn appeared on national TV for the first time. He was on NBC's "The Tonight Show" with Jack Paar.

1965 - Millie Small appeared on ABC-TV's "Shindig!" and performed her song "My Boy Lollipop."

1967 - The final "Where the Action Is" aired on ABC-TV.

1969 - The "33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee" TV special aired on NBC.

1997 - Ringo Starr debuted as the host of the VH1 program "Classic Albums."
Today in
American Bandstand History

1979 - Arpeggio performed "Love and Desire" on "American Bandstand."

1979 - Edwin Starr performed "Contact" on "American Bandstand."

1984 - The Alarm performed "Marching On" and "68 Guns" on "American Bandstand."

1984 - The video for Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell" was aired on "American Bandstand."

1984 - Patti Austin performed "It's Gonna Be Special" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Saturday, April 13, 2019



Today in
Television History

1953 - The National Edition of "TV Guide" was launched.

1969 - Diana Ross appeared solo on Dinah Shore's NBC-TV special "Like Hep".

1973 - The J. Geils Band performed live on ABC's "In Concert."

1985 - "The Grand Ole Opry" debuted on television.

1999 - VH1 debuted their Internet radio station called VH1 at Work. The first webcast was the "Divas Live" concert.

1999 - Jack Kervorkian was sentenced in Pontiac, MI, to 10 to 25 years in prison for the second-degree murder of Thomas Youk. Youk's assisted suicide was videotaped and shown on "60 Minutes" in 1998.



Today in
American Bandstand History

1960 - Johnny Tillotson performed "Earth Angel" and "Pleading My Love" on "American Bandstand."

1962 - Neil Sedaka performed "King of Clowns" on "American Bandstand."

1974 - Maureen McGovern performed "The Morning After" on "American Bandstand."

1974 - Stories performed "If It Feels Good, Do It" on "American Bandstand."

1985 - The Gap Band performed "I Found My Baby" on "American Bandstand."

1985 - Los Lobos performed "Will the Wolf Survive" and "Don't Worry Baby" on "American Bandstand."

Today is Friday, April 12, 2019

Today in
Television History

1964 - The 100th episode of "Mr. Ed" aired on CBS.

1967 - Jim Brown made his TV acting debut on the NBC show "I Spy."

1986 - The 500th episode of "Soul Train" aired.

1987 - The first episode of "21 Jump Street" aired.

1998 - The pilot episode of "Junkyard Wars" aired.
Today is Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Today in
American Bandstand History

1961 - Freddy Cannon performed "Buzz-Buzz-a-Diddle-It" on "American Bandstand."

1975 - Jose Feliciano performed "Chico and the Man" on "American Bandstand."



Today in
Television History

1957 - Ricky Nelson sang for first time on TV's "Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet." He performed the song "I'm Walking."

1961 - Del Shannon performed "Runaway" on "American Bandstand."

1967 - The 13-day strike by the American Federation of Radio-TV Artists (AFTRA) came to an end less than two hours before the 39th Academy Awards presentation went on the air.

1977 - David Soul's "Don't Give Up on Us" was the No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit. Soul starred as Ken Hutchinson in the television show "Starsky and Hutch."


Today in
American Bandstand History

1958 - Barbara McNair appeared on "American Bandstand."

1961 - Del Shannon performed "Runaway" on "American Bandstand."

1965 - Gene Chandler performed "Nothing Can Stop Me" and "You Can't Hurt Me No More" on "American Bandstand."

1965 - The Reflections performed "Poor Man's Son" on "American Bandstand."

1971 - Tommy James performed "Adrienne" and "Church Street Soul Revival" on "American Bandstand."

1976 - John Travolta performed "Let Her In" on "American Bandstand."



Today is Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Today in
Television History

1950 - Bob Hope made his first television appearance on "Star-Spangled Review" on NBC-TV.

1965 - The Rolling Stones made their first live appearance on British TV's "Ready Steady Go!"

1974 - Janet Jackson, at age 7, appeared on the TV show "The Jacksons" for the first time.

1986 - It was announced that Patrick Duffy's character on the TV show Dallas would be returning after being killed off in the previous season.

2000 - The final episode of "Pacific Blue" aired.

2000 - CBS-TV aired "Failsafe." It was the first live full-length show to be aired by CBS in 39 years.

2002 - U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft appeared on David Letterman's "Late Show."
Today in
American Bandstand History

1966 - Beau Brummels performed "One Too Many Mornings" on "American Bandstand."

1977 - Enchantment performed "Gloria" on "American Bandstand."

1977 - Shaun Cassidy performed "Da Doo Ron Ron" on "American Bandstand."

1983 - Oxo performed "Whirly Girl" and "My Ride" on "American Bandstand."

1983 - Stephen Bishop performed "It Might Be You" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Monday, April 8, 2019



Today in
Television History

1963 - The final episode of "The Rifleman" aired.

1968 - The Petula Clark TV special "Petula" aired on NBC.

1979 - The last episode of "All In The Family" aired.

1987 - Los Angeles Dodgers executive Al Campanis resigned over remarks he had made. While on ABC's "Nightline" Campanis said that blacks "may not have some of the necessities" to hold managerial jobs in major-league baseball.

1989 - Jim Abbott made his pitching debut.

1990 - The first episode of "Twin Peaks" aired on ABC-TV.

1998 - The final episode of NBC's "Seinfeld" was filmed in Los Angeles.


Today in
American Bandstand History

1967 - Lesley Gore performed "California Nights" on "American Bandstand."

1972 - Helen Reddy performed "No Sad Song" on "American Bandstand."

1978 - Ashford and Simpson performed "Don't Cost You Nothing" on "American Bandstand."




Today is Saturday, April 6, 2019


Today in
Television History

1978 - The final episode, number 37, of "Black Sheep Squadron" aired on NBC.

1998 - Dick Clark, Chubby Checker, Fabian and Lesley Gore appeared on CBS-TV's "Murphy Brown."

2000 - TNT held an all-star tribute to Joni Mitchell. James Taylor, Cyndi Lauper, Elton John, and others performed her songs.

Today in

American Bandstand History

1962 - Jay & the Americans performed "She Cried" on "American Bandstand."

1968 - The Lemon Pipers performed "Green Tambourine" and "Rice Is Nice" on "American Bandstand."

1968 - Kenny O'Dell performed "Springfield Plane" on "American Bandstand."

1974 - The Chi-Lites performed "Homely Girl" on "American Bandstand."

1985 - Dokken performed "Just Got Lucky" and "Alone Again" on "American Bandstand."

1985 - Gladys Knight & the Pips performed "My Time" on "American Bandstand."




Today is Friday, April 5, 2019


Today in
Television History

1964 - The Searchers appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show." They were the first British Invasion group to appear on the show after the Beatles. It was the Searchers' U.S. debut.

1977 - David Bowie appeared on Dinah Shore's TV special.

1980 - The final episode of "Hawaii Five-O" aired.

1987 - The TV movie "Still Crazy Like a Fox" aired.

1987 - FOX Broadcasting Company launched "Married....With Children" and "The Tracey Ullman Show". The two shows were the beginning of the FOX lineup.

1997 - The 100th episode of "Walker, Texas Ranger" aired on CBS.

2006 - Katie Couric confirmed that she was leaving NBC's "Today" show to become anchor and managing editor of the "CBS Evening News" in the fall of 2006.


Today in

American Bandstand History

1961 - The Paris Sisters performed "Be My Boy" on "American Bandstand."

1969 - Betty Everett performed "There'll Come a Time" and "I Can't Say No to You" on "American Bandstand."

1969 - Bubble Puppy performed "Hot Smoke and Sassafrass" on "American Bandstand."

1975 - Freddy Fender performed "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" on "American Bandstand."

1980 - Kenny Nolan performed "Us and Love" on "American Bandstand."

1980 - Sister Sledge performed "Got to Love Somebody" on "American Bandstand."



Today is Thursday, April 4, 2019


Today in
Television History

1967 - Johnny Carson quit "The Tonight Show." He returned three weeks later after getting a raise of $30,000 a week.

1968 - James Brown made a national TV appeal for calm following the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

1971 - The final episode of "Hogan's Heroes" aired.

1973 - NBC aired the Elvis Presley movie "Aloha From Hawaii."

1986 - The final episode of "Knight Rider" aired.

1997 - The final episode of "Renegade" aired.


Today in

American Bandstand History

1963 - Sam Cooke performed "Good News" on "American Bandstand."

1963 - Bobby Rydell performed "Make Me Forget" on "American Bandstand."

1970 - Oliver performed "Angelica" on "American Bandstand."

1970 - Friends of Distinction performed "Love or Let Me Be Lonely" on "American Bandstand."

1981 - Lakeside performed "Fantastic Voyage" on "American Bandstand."


Today is Wednesday, April 3, 2019


Today in
Television History

1949 - Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis debuted on radio in an NBC program that ran until 1952.

1953 - "TV Guide" was published for the first time. The cover was a photo of Lucille Ball's infant Desiderio Alberto Arnaz IV.

1955 - Fred Astaire appeared on television for the first time on "The Toast of the Town," with host, Ed Sullivan.

1956 - Elvis Presley performed on "The Milton Berle Show." The show was broadcast live from the aircraft carrier USS Hancock. Elvis played the songs "Heartbreak Hotel," "Money, Honey," and "Blue Suede Shoes."

1978 - Cher's TV special with guest Rod Stewart aired on ABC.

1980 - The final episode of "Barnaby Jones" aired.

1982 - John Chancellor stepped down as anchor of the "The NBC Nightly News." Roger Mudd and Tom Brokaw became the co-anchors of the show.

1991 - Paul McCartney recorded an episode of "MTV Unplugged."


Today in

American Bandstand History

1959 - Neil Sedaka performed "I Go Ape" and "The Diary" on "American Bandstand."

1962 - Mary Wells performed "The One Who Really Loves You" on "American Bandstand."

1965 - Bobbi Martin performed "I Can't Stop Thinking of You" and "I Love You So" on "American Bandstand."

1965 - The Four Tops performed "Ask the Lonely" and "I Can't Help Myself" on "American Bandstand."

1970 - Sammi Smith performed "Help Me Make It Through the Night" on "American Bandstand."

1976 - Johnnie Taylor performed "Disco Lady" on "American Bandstand."

1982 - Player performed "If Looks Could Kill" on "American Bandstand."

1982 - Deniece Williams performed "It's Gonna Take a Miracle" on "American Bandstand."


Today is Tuesday, April 2, 2019


Today in
Television History

1956 - "The Edge of Night" and "As the World Turns" debuted on CBS-TV.

1978 - The first episode of "Dallas" aired on CBS.

1993 - Roberta Flack appeared on the ABC-TV soap opera "Loving."


Today in

American Bandstand History

1963 - Bobby Vinton performed "Over the Mountain" on "American Bandstand."

1966 - Mel Carter performed "Band of Gold" on "American Bandstand."

1966 - The Ventures performed "Secret Agent Man" on "American Bandstand."

1977 - The Rubinoos performed "I Think We're Alone Now" on "American Bandstand."

1977 - Thelma Houston performed "Don't Leave Me This Way" on "American Bandstand."

1983 - Marty Balin performed "What Love Is" and "Born to Be a Woman" on "American Bandstand."

1983 - Bananarama performed "Really Sayin' Somethin'" and "Na Na Hey Hey" on "American Bandstand."


Today is Monday, April 1, 2019


Today in
Television History

1949 - "Happy Pappy" premiered. It was the first all-black-cast variety show.

1955 - "One Man's Family" was seen on TV for the final time after a six-year run on NBC-TV.

1963 - The Soap operas "General Hospital" and "Doctors" premiered on television.

1969 - The final episode of "The Andy Griffith Show" aired.

1978 - The final episode of "The Bob Newhart Show" aired.

1999 - CBS announced the purchase of King World.

2001 - The 100th episode of "King of the Hill" aired.


Today in

American Bandstand History

1967 - The Turtles performed "Happy Together" on "American Bandstand."

1972 - Robert John performed "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" on "American Bandstand."

1978 - Jay Ferguson performed "Thunder Island" on "American Bandstand."

1978 - The Captain & Tennille performed "I'm On My Way" on "American Bandstand."

1999 - The paperback version of John Jackson's book "American Bandstand: Dick Clark and the Making of a Rock 'N' Roll Empire" was published.

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