This Day in Pop Culture for October 3
‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’ Premieres
The comedy show hit, The Dick Van Dyke Show, premiered on this day in 1966 and starred Van Dyke, Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam and Mary Tyler Moore. However, the show’s original pilot had a completely different cast – including the show’s namesake. The “other” show’s pilot was created in 1960 and was to be called Head of the Family and would have starred Carl Reiner. The storyline was basically the same as the finished product, but fortunately, the latter won out. The Dick Van Dyke Show aired on CBS for five seasons. During that time, the show won 15 Emmy Awards.
Other events that have happened on this day:
President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of the month of November Thanksgiving Day in 1863.
The first black-owned radio station, WERD, opened in Atlanta, Georgia in 1949.
The Space Shuttle Atlantis made its first flight in 1985.
The O.J. Simpson murder case ended in 1995.
Famous people born on this day:
Chubby Checker, singer-songwriter (1941)
Clive Owen, actor (1964)
Gwen Stefani, singer-songwriter (1969)
Neve Campbell, actress (1973)
Ashlee Simpson, singer-songwriter (1984)