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This Day in Pop Culture for March 30

1964: ‘Jeopardy!’ Airs For the First Time

Jeopardy!’s long-held gimmick was that instead of the host asking trivia questions, he would give the answers and the contestants would reply with the correct question. Those who are younger may not realize how long the game show Jeopardy! has been on the air. The very first airing of show was on this day in 1964 as a daytime game show for NBC. Created by Merv Griffin and hosted by Art Fleming, the original show had a long run from 1964 to 1975. A revival of the show, The All-New Jeopardy! ran on NBC from 1978 to 1979, but it is the current syndicated show that most are familiar with. The current version of the show began airing on September 10, 1984 with Alex Trebek serving as host and Johnny Gilbert as the announcer. Trebek recorded his last show on October 29, 2020 which didn’t air until late December. In 2021, the show has been hosted by a variety of smart people including Ken Jennings, Katie Couric, and Dr. Oz. The show has won 39 Emmy Awards to date.

1981: President Ronald Reagan is Shot

Many still remember where they were when they first heard that President Ronald Reagan had been shot on this day in 1981. John Hinkley Jr. shot at Regan outside of a Washington D.C. hotel. Other victims included Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy, policeman Thomas Delahaney and James Brady who was left with permanent brain damage. Ironically, the 70-year-old wasn’t even aware that he had been shot at first and even though he was suffering from a collapsed lung, he walked into the hospital under his own power and told his wife just before surgery, “Honey, I forgot to duck.”


  • 1853: Vincent van Gogh (artist)
  • 1913: Marc Davis (animator)
  • 1930: John Astin (actor)
  • 1934: Paul Crouch (found of TBN)
  • 1937: Warren Beatty (actor)
  • 1957: Paul Reiser (actor)
  • 1962: MC Hammer (singer)
  • 1964: Tracy Chapman (singer)
  • 1965: Piers Morgan (talk show host)
  • 1968: Celine Dion (singer)
  • 1971: Mark Consuelos (actor)
  • 1979: Norah Jones (singer)
  • 1988: Richard Sherman (football player)
  • 1990: Thomas Rhett (singer)

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Jeffrey Totey View All

I write about pop culture, arts and entertainment in the greater Seattle area.

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