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This Day in History: Monday, April 25, 2022

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NBC debuted western “Jefferson Drum” in 1958, which was co-written by future “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry…Crime drama “Vega$” starring Robert Urich debuted as a TV movie on ABC in 1978…Actress Jane Fonda released her first aerobics workout tape in 1982…Comedy “Leo & Liz in Beverly Hills” debuted on CBS in 1986. The series that starred Harvey Korman and Valerie Perrine only ran for six episodes. The series premiere episode featured a cameo by Liberace…Gary (Ted Shackelford) and Val (Joan Van Ark) married for the third time on the 300th episode of CBS’ “Knots Landing” in 1991. The drama ended after 14 seasons on May 23, 1993…ABC sitcoms “Who’s The Boss”? and “Growing Pains” concluded in 1992. “Who’s The Boss?” aired for eight seasons, with “Growing Pains” at seven…Philip Michael Thomas reunited with his “Miami Vice” partner Don Johnson and Tommy Chong reunited with his 70’s comedic movie partner Cheech Marin on an episode of CBS detective series “Nash Bridges” in 1997; actor-singer Meat Loaf also guest starred in the episode…TV movie “The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!” was telecast on CBS in 1997.

In 1956, Elvis Presley has his first number one on the Billboard Pop Singles Chart with “Heartbreak Hotel” staying number one for 8 weeks.

New York State became the first to require license plates on automobiles in 1901.

In 1876, the Boston Red Caps beat the Philadelphia Athletics, 6-5, in the first official National League baseball game. 

Celebrity Birthdays
Oscar winner Al Pacino is 82; “Dancing With the Stars” judge Len Goodman is 78; ABBA singer Bjorn Ulvaeus is 77; actress Talia Shire (“Rocky”) is 77; Hank Azaria (“The Simpsons”) is 58; former “Early Show” host Jane Clayson is 55; Oscar winner Renee Zellweger is 53; actress Gina Torres (“9-1-1: Lone Star”) is 53; “My Name is Earl” star Jason Lee is 52; actress Emily Bergl (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) is 47.

-Did You Know?:
When it came time for ABC to put together the fall 1985 primetime schedule, the plan was to renew one of the two then freshman sitcoms. One was “Who’s the Boss?, and the other was “Three’s a Crowd, the second spin-off from “Three’s Company.” Given its eight season run, “Who’s the Boss?” was obviously the better choice.