Lucille Ball began her second hit sitcom (and her first without Desi Arnaz) with “The Lucy Show” on CBS in 1962. Everyone’s favorite “second banana,” Vivian Vance, appeared as a regular in the first three seasons. RIP Jimmy Garrett…Also in 1962: Johnny Carson debuted as host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show.“ His first guest was actress Joan Crawford…Also premiering: Reality documentary “This Is Your Life,“ hosted by Ralph Edwards, on NBC in 1952; the single episode season of classic sitcom “The Honeymooners” on CBS in 1955; and Showtime drama “Dexter,“ starring Michael C. Hall, in 2006.
Barbra Streisand signed her first recording contract (with Columbia) in 1962.
“Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott was published in America by Roberts Brothers of Boston in 1868.
U.S. President Jimmy Carter is 97; “The Sound of Music” star Julie Andrews is 86.
Did You Know?
One week after “The Honeymooners” ended, on Sept. 29, 1956, the characters of Ralph and Alice Kramden and Ed and Trixie Norton returned to their roots in sketch form on CBS variety hour “The Jackie Gleason Show“…Vivian Vance as Vivian Bagley in “The Lucy Show” made the history books as the first divorced TV character in a regularly scheduled series.