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This Day in History: Thursday, June 3, 2021

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Television, Radio and Theater
Crime drama “Dragnet” was first broadcast on radio (on KFI in Los Angeles) in 1949…The final episode of the original “Star Trek” aired in 1969 on NBC. But it was far from over, with two current “Star Trek” spinoff series — “Star Trek: Discovery” and “Star Trek: Picard” — available for streaming on CBS All Access…Fosse musical “Chicago” debuted on Broadway in 1975Primetime talker “Larry King Live” premiered on CNN in 1985. It aired through 2010…The presumptive Democratic nominee in 1992, Bill Clinton, played “Heartbreak Hotel” on his saxophone on syndicated late night talker “The Arsenio Hall Show“…HBO drama “Six Feet Under” debuted in 2001. It aired for five seasons…“American Juniors, the one season spin-off from “American Idol, opened in 2003. It was hosted by Ryan Seacrest, and one of the contestants was Lucy Hale pre-“Pretty Little Liars.”…Two series on Disney-owned networks premiered in 2013: “Mistresses” on ABC and “The Fosters” on ABC Family…Sitcom “Hot in Cleveland“, TV Land’s most successful original series, concluded after six seasons in 2015. It starred Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Mallick, Jane Leeves and everyone’s favorite, Betty White…Two award-winning cable dramas debuted in 2018: “Succession” on HBO and “Pose” on FX. “Pose” has concluded after three seasons.

“War Games,” starring Matthew Broderick, and “Psycho II, with Anthony Perkins recreating is classic role of Norman Bates, opened in theaters in 1983…“Big, directed by Penny Marshall and starring Tom Hanks, opened in 1988. It grossed $151 million worldwide against a production budget of $18 million, and it proved to be pivotal to Hanks’ career, establishing him as a major box-office draw as well as a critical favorite

Single “I’ll Take You There” by the Staple Singers hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1972…Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” went gold in 1976…Journey released single “Believin’ in 1981. Fans of HBO’s “The Sopranos” will recall the song being played in the series finale in 2007…In 1995, Bryan Adams’ single “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?” hit #1…Lorde released her debut single “Royals” in 2013, which won the 2014 Grammy Song of the Year…Dove Cameron released single “Count Me In” in 2014.

In 1972, American tennis icon Billie Jean King won her only French Open singles title of her career. She defeated Australia’s Evonne Goolagong 6-3 and 6-3.
Celebrity Birthdays:
Actress Irma P. Hall (“Soul Food”) is 86; Daytime soap star Tristan Rogers in 75; actress Penelope Wilton (“Downton Abbey”) is also 75; singer Suzi Quatro is 71; singer Deniece Williams is also 71; “Family Ties” star Scott Valentine (Nick) is 63; CNN anchor Anderson Cooper is 54; tennis star Raphael Nadal is 35.

-Did You Know?:
The final season of “Star Trek” competed against ABC legal drama “Judd for the Defense, starring former “The Donna Reed Show” patriarch Carl Betz; and the CBS Friday Night Movie. In that 1968-69 TV season, there were seven regularly scheduled movies in primetime on the three broadcast networks.