1948: ABC TV network debuts
Airing five years earlier as radio network, the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) began to air programming on TV on this day in 1948. Unlike the other networks that relied heavily on live programming, ABC embraced airing shows that were taped ahead of time which proved to be popular with celebrities not wanting to be tied down to regular filming schedule. The first show airing on the ABC affiliate WFIL-TV in Philadelphia was On the Corner with Henry Morgan, brought over from radio. Other shows that began broadcasting that year include The Southernaires Quartet, Hollywood Screen Test, Actors Studio, Quizzing the News, America’s Town Meeting, Candid Microphone, Teenage Book Club, Blind Date and Break the Bank. (Image: ABC)
1975: Love Will Keep Us Together?
On this day in 1975, America heard the lyrics of “Love Will Keep Us Together” by Toni Tennille and Daryl Dragon, aka The Captain the Tennille for the first time. The couple married in November of that year and became one of the most successful husband/wife musical duos. The couple produced seven top 10 singles in the next five years with themes about love, marriage and even, gasp, marital sex. Their last album together, ICON, was released in 2013. For years, no one would doubt that the pair were a happy couple. Unfortunately, on January 16, 2016, Tennille filed for divorce from the Captain after 39 years of marriage! No more “muskrat love” for these two apparently.
1971: Charles Manson Sentenced
Cult leader Charles Manson was sentenced to death on this day in 1971 (but the ruling was later changed to life imprisonment) for conspiracy in the Tate-LaBianca murders.
1934: Shirley’s First Full-Length Feature
In April of 1932, Shirley Temple began her film career appearing in an uncredited role in the short film, Runt Page. This led to a string of other cheaply made shorts until this day in 1934 when Shirley starred in Stand Up & Cheer, her first feature-length film. While she only appeared in a portion of the film that was basically a bunch of vaudeville acts used to boost morale during the Great Depression, this lead to bigger and better roles where she would act with such legends as Gary Cooper, John Boles, Victor McLaglen, and Randolph Scott. Her favorite costar was Bill “Bojangles” Robinson whom she appeared in four films including The Little Colonel where the two performed their famous staircase dance. Temple was used often as a symbol of goodness in her films.
- Mrs. Winterbourne (1996)
- My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
- Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure (2011)
- Stand Up and Cheer (1934)
- The Curse of La Llorona (2019)
- The Place Beyond the Pines (2013)
- The Scorpion King (2002)
- The Substitute (1996)
TV Series Debuts
- Cake Boss (2009)
- Containment (2016)
- Hemlock Grove (2013)
- On the Corner with Henry Morgan (1948)
- Romantically Challenged (2010)
- The Last Dance (2020)
- 1933: Jayne Mansfield (actress)
- 1935: Dudley Moore (actor)
- 1946: Tim Curry (actor)
- 1968: Ashley Judd (actress)
- 1978: James Franco (actor)
- 1978: Joanna Gaines (reality star)
- 1979: Kate Hudson (actress)
- 1981: Hayden Christensen (actor)
- 1987: Maria Sharapova (tennis player)
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