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This Day in History: Monday, October 25, 2021

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Children’s educational program “The Electric Company” debuted on PBS in 1971. The series, which ran for six seasons and aired in reruns thru 1985, was co-created by Paul Dooley and starred Morgan Freeman and Rita Moreno“Newhart,” Bob Newhart’s second successful CBS sitcom, debuted in 1982 and stayed on the air for eight seasons. Only three of the original actors — Newhart, Mary Frann and Tom Poston — remained with the series for its entire run…NBC’s “Cheers” reached the 200-episode mark in 1990. It ultimately ran through May 20, 1993, producing 275 episodes in total…Half-hour late night talker “The Jon Stewart Show” opened on MTV in 1993. At the end of the first season, it expanded to one hour and moved into first-run syndication as a replacement for “The Arsenio Hall Show” for one season…Also debuting: short-lived Steven Bochco-created sports dramedy “Bay City Blues” on NBC in 1983; drama “Midnight Caller” on NBC in 1988; the Chris Carter-created science fiction crime drama “Millennium” on Fox in 1996; short-lived “Party of Five” spin-off “Time of Your Life” starring Jennifer Love Hewitt on Fox in 1999; short-lived British-American horror drama “Dracula” on NBC in 2013.

One of the most memorable MLB games of all-time took place in 1986: Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. The New York Mets scored 3 runs in the “delirious” 10th inning to defeat the Boston Red Sox in a dramatic 6-5 victory. Said NBC’s Vin Scully: “So the winning run is at second base, with two outs, three and two to Mookie Wilson. Little roller up along first… BEHIND THE BAG! IT GETS THROUGH BUCKNER! HERE COMES [RAY] KNIGHT, AND THE METS WIN IT!”

Game 6 drew a 30.3 household rating for NBC. It also marked the first time an original episode of “Saturday Night Live” was canceled due to the length of that classic game. The “SNL” episode was hosted by Rosanna Arquette with musical guest Ric Ocasek and later aired on November 8, 1986 but with an added intro featuring Mets pitcher Ron Darling “apologizing” for Oct. 25th’s cancellation.

Winning the MLB World Series: Minnesota Twins (their first in franchise history) in 1987 and Florida Marlins (their second in franchise nudity) in 2003

Celebrity Birthdays
“Happy Days” and “Brooklyn Bridge” star Marion Ross is 93; singer Jon Anderson (Yes) is 77; actor Brian Kerwin (“The Misadventurees of Sherrif Lobo”is 72; American Olympic gold medalist hockey player Mike Eruzione is 67; actress Nancy Cartwright (“The Simpsons”) is 64; drummer Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers and of Chickenfoot is 60; actress Tracy Nelson (“Father Dowling Mysteries”) is 58; actor Michael Boatman (“The Good Wife,” ″Spin City”) is 57; actor Kevin Michael Richardson (“The Cleveland Show”) is also  57; comedian Samantha Bee (“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” ″The Daily Show”) is 52; actor Adam Goldberg (“Saving Private Ryan”) is 51; actor Adam Pascal (“Rent”); country singer Chely Wright; and sports reporter/”Around The Horn” panelist J.A. Adande are also 51; Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez is 50; actor Craig Robinson (“The Office”) is also 50; actor Mehcad Brooks (“Supergirl,” ″Desperate Housewives”) is 41; actor Josh Henderson (“Desperate Housewives”, the “Dallas” reboot) is 40; singer Katy Perry is 37; singer Ciara is 36.

Did You Know?
The characters of Larry (William Sanderson), Daryl (Tony Papenfuss) and Daryl (John Volstad) on “Newhart” were supposed to appear in only one episode, but the studio audience’s reaction to their introduction was so spontaneous the producers added the trio to the cast.