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Today in History: Friday, October 1, 2021


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.

The Lucy Show - Wikipedia The Honeymooners' Reboot in the Works at CBS (Exclusive) – The Hollywood  Reporter

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.

Henry Ford introduced the Model T car in 1908. The cost was $825…Walt Disney World opened in Orlando, Florida in 1971.

Driving the Ford Model T through 110 years of American audacity - Chicago  Tribune Walt Disney World Resort Opens - D23

The first baseball play-off game for a league championship was played in 1946. The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers, 4-2…Muhammad Ali defeated Joe Frazier in a boxing match in Manila, Philippines in 1975.

Celebrity Birthdays
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.