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Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 371

1921-03-21 - Walter Kerr Theater (Ritz, CBS, NBC, ABC) opens at 223 W 48th St NYC
1933-01-30 - "Lone Ranger" begins a 21-year run on ABC radio
1935-05-06 - KTM-AM in Los Angeles California changes call letters to KEHE (now KABC)
1947-09-13 - WPVI TV channel 6 in Philadelphia, PA (ABC) begins broadcasting
1947-10-03 - WMAL (now WJLA) TV channel 7 in Washington, DC (ABC) begins
1947-10-27 - "You Bet Your Life," with Groucho Marx, premieres on ABC radio
1947-12-17 - WEWS TV channel 5 in Cleveland, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
1948-01-18 - Ted Mack's "Original Amateur Hour" begins, DuMont (later NBC/ABC/CBS)
1948-03-21 - "Stop the Music" with Bert Parks premieres on ABC radio
1948-04-15 - KCPX (now KTVX) TV channel 4 in Salt Lake City, UT (ABC) 1st broadcast
1948-04-19 - ABC-TV network begins
Comedian Groucho MarxComedian Groucho Marx 1948-04-23 - KSTP TV channel 5 in St Paul-Minneapolis, MN (ABC) 1st broadcast
1948-06-15 - WTNH TV channel 8 in New Haven, CT (ABC) begins broadcasting
1948-08-10 - ABC enters network TV at 7 PM (WJZ, NY)
1948-08-10 - Allen Funt's "Candid Camera" TV debut on ABC
1948-09-17 - WLS TV channel 7 in Chicago, IL (ABC) begins broadcasting
1948-09-29 - WSB TV channel 2 in Atlanta, GA (ABC) begins broadcasting
1948-10-09 - WXYZ TV channel 7 in Detroit, MI (ABC) begins broadcasting
1948-11-02 - WJZ TV channel 13 in Baltimore, MD (ABC) begins broadcasting
1949-04-04 - WKRC TV channel 12 in Cincinnati, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
1949-05-05 - KGO TV channel 7 in San Francisco, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
1949-05-30 - WRTV TV channel 6 in Indianapolis, IN (ABC) begins broadcasting
1949-07-01 - WBRC TV channel 6 in Birmingham, AL (ABC) begins broadcasting
1949-08-30 - WTVN (now WSYX) TV channel 6 in Columbus, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
1949-09-15 - "Lone Ranger" premieres on ABC-TV
1949-09-15 - WJAC TV channel 6 in Johnstown, PA (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
1949-09-16 - KABC TV channel 7 in Los Angeles, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
1949-09-17 - WFAA TV channel 8 in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
1950-02-21 - WOI TV channel 5 in Ames-Des Moines, IA (ABC/PBS) begins broadcasting
1950-07-20 - "Arthur Murray Party" premieres on ABC TV (later DuMont, CBS, NBC)
1950-08-19 - ABC begins Saturday morning kid shows (Animal Clinic & Acrobat Ranch)
1950-09-29 - "Tin Pan Alley TV," last airs on ABC-TV
1951-05-28 - Jerry Colonna Show, debuts on ABC-TV
1952-10-12 - KBTV (now KUSA) TV channel 9 in Denver, CO (ABC) begins broadcasting
1953-01-16 - KXLY TV channel 4 in Spokane, WA (ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
1953-02-08 - WLVA (now WSET) TV channel 13 in Lynchburg-Roanoke, VA (ABC) begins
1953-02-09 - WNEP TV channel 16 in Scranton Wilkes-Barre, PA (ABC) 1st broadcast
1953-03-08 - KSWO TV channel 7 in Lawton, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
1953-03-28 - KCAU TV channel 9 in Sioux City, IA (ABC) begins broadcasting
1953-04-01 - KXMC TV channel 13 in Minot, ND (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
1953-04-14 - WHYN (now WGGB) TV channel 40 in Springfield-Holyoke, MA (ABC) begins
1953-04-16 - WAND TV channel 17 in Decatur, IL (ABC) begins broadcasting
1953-04-29 - The first U.S. experimental 3D-TV broadcast showed an episode of Space Patrol on Los Angeles ABC affiliate KECA-TV.
1953-05-23 - WHIZ TV channel 18 in Zanesville, OH (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
1953-06-01 - WDAY TV channel 6 in Fargo, ND (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
1953-06-19 - WTPA (now WHTM) TV channel 27 in Harrisburg, PA (ABC) 1st broadcast
1953-07-12 - KTVB TV channel 7 in Boise, ID (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
1953-07-19 - WAKR (now WAKC) TV channel 23 in Akron, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
1953-07-24 - KEYT TV channel 3 in Santa Barbara, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
1953-08-01 - KMBC TV channel 9 in Kansas City, MO (MET/ABC) begins broadcasting
1953-08-14 - KXLF TV channel 4 in Butte, MT (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
1953-08-23 - KBAK TV channel 29 in Bakersfield, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
1953-09-09 - KGTV TV channel 10 in San Diego, CA (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
1953-09-15 - WVEC TV channel 13 in Hampton-Norfolk, VA (ABC) begins broadcasting
1953-09-21 - KRDO TV channel 13 in Colorado Spgs-Pueblo, CO (ABC) 1st broadcast
1953-09-27 - KOLO TV channel 8 in Reno, NV (ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
1953-09-27 - KQTV TV channel 2 in Saint Joseph, MO (ABC) begins broadcasting
1953-09-27 - WHBQ TV channel 13 in Memphis, TN (ABC) begins broadcasting
1953-09-27 - WMAZ TV channel 13 in Macon, GA (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
1953-09-27 - WTOK TV channel 11 in Meridian, MS (ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
1953-09-28 - KOAT TV channel 7 in Albuquerque, NM (ABC/PBS) begins broadcasting
1953-09-29 - "Make Room for Daddy," starring Danny Thomas, premieres on ABC-TV
1953-10-01 - KJEO TV channel 47 in Fresno, CA (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
1953-10-01 - WATE TV channel 6 in Knoxville, TN (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
1953-10-01 - WREX TV channel 13 in Rockford, IL (ABC) begins broadcasting
1953-10-06 - WTVM TV channel 9 in Columbus, GA (ABC) begins broadcasting
1953-10-14 - WTEN TV channel 10 in Albany, NY (ABC) begins broadcasting
1953-10-20 - WRAU (now WHOI) TV channel 19 in Peoria, IL (ABC) begins broadcasting
1953-10-25 - KIEM TV channel 3 in Eureka, CA (NBC/CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
1953-11-01 - KCEN TV channel 6 in Temple-Waco, TX (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
1953-11-15 - WIBW TV channel 13 in Topeka, KS (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
1953-11-23 - WJBF TV channel 6 in Augusta, GA (ABC) begins broadcasting
1953-11-29 - WSIX TV channel 8 in Nashville, TN (ABC) begins broadcasting
1953-12-07 - WCCB TV channel 18 in Charlotte, NC (IND/ABC) begins broadcasting
1953-12-10 - KOMO TV channel 4 in Seattle, WA (ABC) begins broadcasting
1953-12-15 - WJHG TV channel 7 in Panama City, FL (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
1953-12-18 - KATV TV channel 7 in Little Rock, AR (ABC) begins broadcasting
1953-12-18 - KMID TV channel 2 in Midland & Odessa, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
1953-12-19 - KFYR TV channel 5 in Bismarck, ND (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
1953-12-24 - KHOL (now KHGI) TV channel 13 in Kearney, NB (ABC) begins broadcasting
1954-01-13 - WEAR TV channel 3 in Pensacola-Mobile, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting
1954-02-05 - WCDC TV channel 19 in Adams, MA (ABC) begins broadcasting
1954-03-09 - WMUR TV channel 9 in Manchester, NH (ABC) begins broadcasting
1954-03-15 - WSJV TV channel 28 in Elkhart-South Bend, IN (ABC) begins broadcasting
1954-03-21 - KFBB TV channel 5 in Great Falls, MT (ABC/CBS/NBC) begins broadcasting
1954-04-07 - WALB TV channel 10 in Albany, GA (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
1954-04-10 - KRGV TV channel 5 in Weslaco, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
1954-05-03 - KTEN TV channel 10 in Ada-Ardmore, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
1954-07-04 - WMSL (WYUR, now WAFF) TV channel 48 in Huntsville, AL (ABC) begins
1954-07-15 - KOCO TV channel 5 in Oklahoma City, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
1954-07-15 - WBOC TV channel 16 in Salisbury, MD (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
1954-08-15 - WCHS TV channel 8 in Charleston-Huntington, WV (ABC) begins
1954-08-31 - WMTW TV channel 8 in Portland-Poland Spring, ME (ABC) begins
1954-09-02 - WTVD TV channel 11 in Raleigh-Durham, NC (ABC) begins broadcasting
1954-09-10 - WLUK TV channel 11 in Green Bay, WI (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
1954-09-18 - KTUL TV channel 8 in Tulsa, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
1954-09-18 - WLOS TV channel 13 in G'ville-Spartanburg, SC (ABC) 1st broadcast
1954-09-25 - WCBD TV channel 2 in Charleston, SC (ABC) begins broadcasting
1954-09-26 - KODE TV channel 12 in Joplin, MO (ABC) begins broadcasting
1954-09-29 - "Masquerade Party," TV game Show; moves to ABC

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 52 of 52

1901-04-28 - Corry Vonk, [Cornelia D], wife of Wim Kan (ABC-cabaret)
1904-07-05 - Don Goddard, Binghamton NY, news anchor (ABC Evening News 1958-59)
1909-10-15 - Robert Trout, Wake County NC, newscaster (ABC)
1909-12-06 - Alan McGilvray, cricketer (20 games for NSW mid 1930's) and commentator (ABC)
1911-01-06 - Joey Adams, Brooklyn New York, American comedian/actor/columnist (ABC's Back That Fact)
1914-05-12 - Howard K Smith, LA, TV newsman (ABC, Moderated Kennedy-Nixon debate)
1918-04-27 - John Alfred Scali, journalist/correspondent (ABC)
1919-07-31 - Curt Gowdy, Green River Wyo, sportscaster (ABC)
1919-11-11 - Kalle Päätalo, Finnish novelist (d. 2000)
1921-09-14 - Hughes Rudd, TV newscaster (CBS/ABC)
1921-09-24 - Jim McKay, Phila Pa, sportscaster (ABC's Wide World of Sports)
Journalist Harry ReasonerJournalist Harry Reasoner (1923-04-17) 1923-04-17 - Harry Reasoner, Dakota City Iowa, newscaster (60 Minutes, ABC, CBS)
1923-11-29 - Frank Reynolds, E Chicago Ind, news anchor (ABC Evening News)
1924-05-18 - Jack Whitaker, Phila Pa, sportscaster (ABC, CBS)
1924-06-08 - George Kirby, Chicago, comedian (ABC Comedy Hour, Pearl Bailey Show)
1924-11-01 - Süleyman Demirel, 9th President of Turkey
1925-06-14 - Pierre Salinger, newsman (ABC)/press secretary (John Kennedy)
1926-09-03 - Bill Flemming, sportscaster (ABC's Wide World of Sports)
1927-03-10 - Donn Trenner, New Haven Ct, orchestra leader (ABC's Nightlife)
1928-10-18 - Keith Jackson, Carrolton Ga, sportscaster (ABC Monday Night Football)
1929-03-21 - Jules Verne Berman, space & science reporter (ABC-TV)
1930-08-16 - Frank Gifford, California, NFL halfback (NY Giants)/ABC sportscaster
1931-07-08 - Roone Arledge, Forest Hills NY, head of sports broadcasting (ABC)
1931-09-25 - Barbara Walters, Boston Mass, newscaster (Today, 20/20, ABC-TV)
1934-03-11 - Sam Donaldson, El Paso Texas, ABC White House correspondent (Prime Time)
1934-12-29 - Tom Jarriel, LaGrange Ga, newscaster (ABC Weekend News, 20/20)
1935-08-22 - Morton Dean, Fall River Mass, TV newscaster (CBS, ABC)
1937-09-13 - Fred Silverman, broadcasting exec (ABC/NBC/CBS)
1937-11-30 - Richard Threlkeld, newscaster (ABC-TV)
1938-02-23 - Sylvia Chase, St Paul Minn, newscaster (ABC Weekend News, 20/20)
Journalist and T.V. News Anchor Peter JenningsJournalist and T.V. News Anchor Peter Jennings (1938-07-29) 1938-07-29 - Peter Jennings, Toronto Canada, news anchor (ABC Evening News)
1939-05-01 - Max Robinson, Richmond Virginia, American broadcast journalistr (ABC Evening News) (d. 1988)
1940-02-08 - Ted Koppel, Lancashire England, American journalist (ABC Nightline)
1940-06-09 - Dick Vitale, US, sportscaster (ESPN, ABC "Oh Baby!")
1941-10-16 - Tim McCarver, baseball catcher (Phils, Mets)/sportscaster (ABC, CBS)
1943-12-27 - Cokie Roberts, newscaster (ABC-TV)
1944-02-26 - Marilyn Michaels, comedienne (ABC Comedy Hour)
1944-11-12 - Al Michaels, Brooklyn New York, American sportscaster (Miracle on Ice, American Football)
1945-12-22 - Diane Sawyer, Glasgow Ky, newscaster (60 Minutes, ABC Prime Time)
1946-06-04 - Bettina Gregory, correspondent/journalist (ABC-TV)
1947-01-19 - Ann Compton, news reporter (ABC TV)
1951-05-04 - Jackie Jackson, [Sigmund], Gary In, rocker (Jackson 5-ABC)
1951-11-25 - Bill Morrissey, American musician
1953-05-17 - Kathleen Sullivan, Pasadena Ca, newscaster (ABC-TV, CBS Morning Show)
1953-10-15 - [Toriano] Tito Jackson, singer (Jackson 5-ABC, Never Can Say Goodbye)
American Television Sportscaster Al MichaelsAmerican Television Sportscaster Al Michaels (1944-11-12) 1954-12-11 - Jermaine Jackson, Gary Indiana, singer (Jackson 5-ABC)
1956-02-24 - Paula Zahn, Napperville Ill, news anchor (ABC, CBS This Morning)
1958-03-09 - Martin Fry, English pop singer and rock vocalist (ABC-All of My Heart)
1959-04-17 - Stephen Singleton, Sheffield, rocker (ABC)
1961-04-01 - Mark White, rock guitarist (ABC-All of My Heart)
1961-05-29 - David Palmer, heavy metal drummer (ABC, AC/DC)
1961-10-29 - Randy Jackson, Gary In, rocker (Jackson 5-ABC)

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 6 of 6

1993-04-24 - ABC news analyst Jeff Greenfield weds Karen Gannett
1997-12-06 - ABC's World News Tonight news anchor Peter Jennings (59) weds Kayce Freed in Bridgehampton, New York
2001-11-20 - ABC News political analyst George Stephanopoulos (40) weds actress Alexandra Wentworth (36) at Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Manhattan
2002-07-20 - ABC's World News Tonight co-host Elizabeth Vargas (39) weds singer-songwriter Marc Cohn (43) at the Council on Foreign Relations
2004-01-12 - Two-time Oscar-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski (44) weds ABC-TV correspondent Rebecca Rankin in Los Angeles
2012-02-18 - Activist and contributor for ABC News Elizabeth Smart (24) weds Matthew Gilmour (22) in Hawaii

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 7 of 7

1917-05-20 - Valentine Fleming, Scottish politician (b. 1887)
1972-03-02 - Bill Lawrence, news anchor (ABC), dies at 56
1983-07-20 - Frank Reynolds, news anchor (ABC Evening News), dies at 59
1988-12-20 - Max Robinson, 1st black network (ABC) TV anchor, dies of AIDS at 49
1992-08-13 - David Kaplan, news director (ABC), killed in Sarajevo Yugoslavia
1994-08-05 - Amy Sacks, producer (ABC sports, Disney), dies of Lupus at 39
1997-11-04 - Wally Bruner, journalist (ABC, What's My Line), dies at 66


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