“The Muppet Show” began its initial five season run in first-run syndication in 1976. Many of the performers also worked on “Sesame Street”, whose characters made sporadic appearances on “The Muppet Show”,,,In 1990, Deborah Norville became the news anchor for NBC’s “Today” show, while the person who ultimately replaced her, Katie Couric, made her first appearance as anchor on the “CBS Evening News” in 2006…Veteran reality-series Emmy-winner “The Amazing Race” launched on CBS in 2001. There is an upcoming 33rd edition on order but no word on when it will be produced.
Lynette (“Squeaky”) Fromme attempted to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford. Fromme, a follower of Charles Manson, was sentenced to life in prison but was released in 2009.
Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road”, one of the first novels associated with the Beat movement, was published…Boris Pasternak’s “Doctor Zhivago” was published for the first time.
Boxer Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) won the gold medal in the 175-pound division at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome and then embarked on a professional career that saw him become one of the sport’s most legendary competitors.
Legendary Bob Newhart is 93; actress Raquel Welch is 82; Oscar winner Michael Keaton is 71. For more on Bob Newhart, click here
Did You Know?:
Bob Newhart’s first regularly scheduled television series was NBC variety hour “The Bob Newhart Show” in the 1961-62 season. Despite airing for only one season, it earned Newhart a primetime Emmy Award nomination and a Peabody Award. The Peabody Board cited him as…”a person whose gentle satire and wry and irreverent wit waft a breath of fresh and bracing air through the stale and stuffy electronic corridors. A merry marauder, who looks less like St. George than a choirboy, Newhart has wounded, if not slain, many of the dragons that stalk our society. In a troubled and apprehensive world, Newhart has proved once again that laughter is the best medicine.”