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    Today in History: Tuesday, March 9, 2021

    Television and Radio “Family“, the drama about the Lawrence family set in Pasadena, California and starring Sada Thompson, James Broderick, Kristy McNichol and Meredith Baxter Birney, premiered on ABC in 1976. Its executive producers were Leonard Goldberg, Aaron Spelling, and “The Graduate” director Mike Nichols. The series lasted for five seasons…Dan Rather became the primary anchor […]

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    Today in History: Monday, March 8, 2021

    Television and Radio Groucho, Chico and Harpo Marx made their final appearance together in a short comedy on “General Electric Theater” on CBS in 1959 called “The Incredible Jewel Robbery”…TV movie “The Marcus-Nelson Murders” which introduced the character of detective Theo Kojak (Telly Savalas) first aired on CBS in 1973. Kojak, best known for eating Tootsie Roll pops and uttering his catchphrases […]

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    Today in History: Alexander Graham Bell Patents the Telephone

    From History.com: On this day in 1876, then 29-year-old Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for his revolutionary new invention: the telephone. The Scottish-born Bell worked in London with his father, Melville Bell, who developed Visible Speech, a written system used to teach speaking to the deaf. In the 1870s, the Bells moved to Boston, […]

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    Today in History: Bayer Patents Aspirin

    From History.com: The German company Bayer patented aspirin on this day in 1899. Now the most common drug in household medicine cabinets, acetylsalicylic acid was originally made from a chemical found in the bark of willow trees. In its primitive form, the active ingredient, salicin, was used for centuries in folk medicine, beginning in ancient […]

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    Today in History: Friday, March 5, 2021

    Television and Radio The 1933 theatrical “King Kong” premiered on U.S. television in 1956…Docuseries “The Osbournes,” featuring Ozzy, Sharon, Kelly and Jack Osbourne, debuted on MTV in 2002. It aired for three seasons and the first season was the most-watched series ever in the cable net…”The Class“, the sitcom about a group of former third-grade classmates who become reacquainted with each other’s lives two decades […]

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    Today in History: Thursday, March 4, 2021

    Television and Radio The first issue of People magazine, then called People Weekly, was published by Time-Life Inc. in 1974. On the cover was actress Mia Farrow. A newsmagazine version of the same name, hosted by Phyllis George and Mark Shaw, aired briefly on CBS in the fall of 1978…“Chico and the Man” in 1977 featured the final episode with Freddie Prinze, who died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound five weeks earlier. The producers considered ending the sitcom, but […]

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    Today in History – Wednesday, March 3, 2021

    Television and Radio The first “People’s Choice Awards” was telecast in 1975. The winner’s included John Wayne and Barbra Streisand for motion pictures, and Alan Alda, Mary Tyler Moore and Telly Savalas for television…“Moonlighting” with Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis debuted on ABC in 1985. A combination of comedy, drama, mystery and romance, it is the R word in this descriptor […]

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