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This Day in History: Sunday, September 19, 2021

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Mary Tyler Moore “made it after all” in her self-titled CBS comedy, which premiered in 1970.  It aired for seven seasons and spun-off “Rhoda,” “Phyllis” and “Lou Grant”…Other notable series premieres: “Highway to Heaven” on NBC in 1984, syndicated action/adventure “Renegade” in 1992, “ER” on NBC in 1994, “Judging Amy” on CBS in 1999, and Eye net sitcom “How I Met Your Mother” in 2005.

In 1934, Bruno Hauptmann was arrested in New York after a gold certificate from the ransom money is found and traced back to Hauptmann, he was charged with the kidnap / murder of the Lindbergh baby. On Feb. 13, 1935 he was sentenced to death and executed on April 3, 1936 for the abduction and murder of Charles Augustus Lindbergh Jr… The United States barred Charlie Chaplin from re-entering the country after a trip to England in 1952.

Celebrity Birthdays

“NCIS” star David McCallum is 88; Former “Emergency!” star Randolph Mantooth is 76; Oscar winner Jeremy Irons is 73; model Twiggy is 72; “Real Housewife” Kim Richards is 57; country singer Trisha Yearwood is also 57; NBC’s Jimmy Fallon is 47; daytime soap star and “The Biggest Loser” host Alison Sweeney is 45.

Did You Know?:
Although “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” is credited for being the first sitcom to focus on a single, independent woman, that distinction actually goes to “That Girl, which starred Marlo Thomas and aired on ABC from 1996-71…“ER, which ran for 15 seasons, was the top-rated show in all of primetime in the 1995-96, 1996-97 and 1998-99 seasons. Overall, it finished in the Top 5 from 1994 to 2003 and is the second longest running medical drama (behind “Grey’s Anatomy”) in the history of television…If you grew up in the “Brady Bunch” era, you might remember Kim Richards as little Prudence Everett on 1970-71 ABC sitcom “Nanny and the Professor.”