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Today in History: Sunday, June 6, 2021

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“The Ed Sullivan Show,” which ran on CBS for 23 years, aired its final telecast in 1971…ABC newsmagazine “20/20” began in 1978…HBO’s “Sex and the City,” based on the best-selling book by Candace Bushnell, opened in 1998. It aired for six seasons, spawned two theatricals (in 2008 and 2010), and was the subject of prequel “The Carrie Diaries” on The CW (which was telecast for two half-seasons from 2013 to 2014). The upcoming limited series reboot on HBO Max featuring Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis is currently in production…Bob Barker taped his final telecast as host for “The Price Is Right,” which ended his 35 years on the show.

“Octopussy”, the 13th James Bond film, starring Roger Moore, Maud Adams and Louis Jourdan premiered in London in 1983.

David Bowie released his album “The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” in 1972.

Celebrity Birthdays:
Actor Robert Englund (“A Nightmare on Elm Street”) is 64; actor Paul Giamatti (“Billions”) is 54.

-Did You Know?:
The original title of “The Ed Sullivan Show” was “Toast of the Town.” It became known as “The Ed Sullivan Show” on the eighth season premiere on Sept. 18, 1955. The series was canceled at the same time CBS rid its line-up of “The Beverly Hillbillies, “Green Acres” and “Hee Haw” in the infamous “Rural Purge.”