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Today in History: Tuesday, August 15, 2023

In 1992, HBO introduced the satirical comedy “The Larry Sanders Show” with comedian Garry Shandling as host of a “Tonight Show”-style talk show. It ran through May 31, 1998, producing 89 episodes…Teen horror anthology series “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” debuted on Nickelodeon in 1992. Its initial run lasted five seasons; it was first revived in 1999 for two additional seasons, and its current second revival has produced three more seasons since 2019…”The Great Food Truck Race” launched on Food Network in 2010. Hosted by Tyler Florence, the cooking competition has ran for 14 seasons to-date…”Why Women Kill“, the two season comedy-drama anthology created by Marc Cherry (“Desperate Housewives”), debuted on CBS All Access in 2019. It starred Lucy Liu, Ginnifer Goodwin, Allison Tolman and Lana Parrilla.

“The Wizard of Oz”, the American musical fantasy film directed by Victor Fleming and King Vidor, opened at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Hollywood in 1939. It starred Judy Garland (Dorothy), Ray Bolger (Scarecrow), Jack Haley (Tin Man), Bert Lahr (Cowardly Lion), Frank Morgan (Wizard), Billie Burke (Glinda), and Margaret Hamilton (Wicked Witch). “The Wizard of Oz” received 13 Academy Award nominations (including Best Picture) and it won two: Best Music, Original Song and Best Musical, Original Score…“Apocalypse Now”, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall and Martin Sheen opened in 1979.

The Beatles performed in front of 60,000 fans at Shea Stadium in Flushing, NY in 1965… The Woodstock Festival opened in Bethel, New York on Max Yasgur’s Dairy Farm in 1969. The performers included Richie Havens, Tim Hardin, Melanie, Arlo Guthrie, and Joan Baez…Romantic ballad “Endless Love” by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1981…Boyz II Men‘s “End of the Road“, from the romantic comedy film “Boomerang“, began its 13-week reign atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1992.

Celebrity Birthdays
Actor Pat Priest (“The Munsters”) is 87; Drummer Pete York of The Spencer Davis Group is 81; Author-journalist Linda Ellerbee is 79; Songwriter Jimmy Webb is 77; actress Phyllis Smith (“The Office”) is 74; actress Tess Harper is 73; actor Larry Mathews (“The Dick Van Dyke Show”) is 68; actor Zeljko Ivanek (“Madam Secretary,” ″Heroes”) is 66; actor Rondell Sheridan (“That’s So Raven,” ″Cory in the House”) is 65; Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (“Birdman,” “Babel”) is 60; actor Peter Hermann (“Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”) is 56; actress Debra Messing (“Will and Grace”) is 55; actor Anthony Anderson (“black-ish”) is 53; actor Ben Affleck is 51; actress Natasha Henstridge (“The Whole Nine Yards,” ″Species”) is 49; actress Emily Kinney (“Conviction,” “The Walking Dead”) is 39; actress Courtney Hope (“The Bold and the Beautiful”) is 34; singer Joe Jonas of The Jonas Brothers is 34; actor-singer Carlos PenaVega (“Big Time Rush”) is 34; actress Jennifer Lawrence (“The Hunger Games”) is 33.

Did You Know?
At the height of its popularity, ABC was airing “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” five nights per week, which led to a quick burnout. Looking for their own primetime game show hits, NBC revived “Twenty One,” with host Maury Povich; Fox introduced  “Greed” and “It’s Your Chance of a Lifetime, and CBS presented “Winning Lines, hosted by Dick Clark. All these years later, and I still personally feel the need for “Greed!”