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Today in History: Sunday, August 8, 2021

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The long-defunct DuMont television network, which began operation in 1946, ceased broadcasting in 1956. Notable series airing on DuMont during its 10-year tenure were variety themed “Cavalcade of Stars;” “Ted Mack’s The Original Amateur Hour; “Cash and Carry, the first televised game show; and kids favorite “Captain Video and His Video Rangers”The Walt Disney Company announced plans to create its own streaming service in 2017, cancelling ties with Netflix.

Hindi film “Chennai Express” opened in 2013. It was the fastest Bollywood film to earn $1 billion.

Single “Gangster’s Paradise” was released by Coolio in 1995. In was named the Billboard Song of the Year.

Sylvester Stallone and former heavyweight boxing contender Chuck Wepner settled a lawsuit out of court for an undisclosed sum in 2006. Wepner claimed he was the inspiration for the “Rocky” movies.

In 2008, Beijing produced a four-hour Olympics opening ceremony considered by many to be the most spectacular Olympic opener ever staged. Directed by Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou, the show featured more than 15,000 performers, ranging from children to martial arts masters.

Celebrity Birthdays:
Two-time Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman is 84; actress Countess Vaughn (“The Parkers”) is 43.

-Did You Know?:
The original “Honeymooners” sketches aired on the DuMont network’s variety series “Cavalcade of Stars” with Jackie Gleason as Ralph Kramden, Art Carney as Ed Norton, Pert Kelton as wife Alice Kramden and, in one episode, Elaine Stritch as Trixie Norton. The popularity of the sketches led Gleason to rework “The Honeymooners” as a filmed half-hour series, which debuted on Oct. 1, 1955 on CBS in place of Gleason’s then variety series on the Eye net. After one season (and 39 episodes), the sketches were reverted back into the variety series on CBS. For a look, click here