October 10: This Day in TV History

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  1. DFWTexan1975

    DFWTexan1975 The Saloon News Anchor

    Sep 20, 2010
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    Just a few random TV related events that happened on October 10. Discuss or comment as you please……

    1946: Actor/dancer/singer Ben Vereen (Roots, Tenspeed and Brownshoe) is born (as Benjamin Augustus Middleton) in Miami, Florida.

    1946: British TV presenter Chris Tarrant is born in Reading, Berkshire, England. He began hosting the British version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" in 1998 (one year before Regis Philbin's version on ABC took America by storm).

    1954: KTIV (channel 4) makes its debut in Sioux City, Iowa. DYK: Legendary NBC newsman Tom Brokaw began his TV career at KTIV.

    1957: Zorro premieres on ABC.

    1959: Actor Bradley Whitford (The West Wing) is born in Madison, Wisconsin.

    1962: McHale’s Navy premieres on ABC.

    1963: An episode of ABC’s Dr. Kildare (“If You Can’t Handle the Truthâ€Â) features an unusual convergence of three guest stars in dramatic roles who are best remembered for their TV comedy characters: Bob Denver, Barbara Eden, and Ken Berry.

    1964: The opening ceremony of the Tokyo summer games is telecast live in the U.S. via the geostationary satellite Syncom 3. It is the first transmission of a scheduled TV event across the Pacific Ocean via satellite.

    1965: Actress/singer Rebecca Pidgeon is born in Cambridge, MA. Her TV credits include appearances on CBS' "The Unit" (2006-09) and the CBS 2007 TV movie "Jesse Stone: Sea Change."

    1971: Upstairs, Downstairs premieres on ITV in the U.K. It would later be imported and shown on PBS in the U.S.

    1973: Actor Mario Lopez (Saved by the Bell) is born in San Diego, California.

    1977: WXNE-TV (channel 25, now WFXT) signs on in Boston, Massachusetts. Initially owned by Pat Robertson’s CBN, it is now the Fox affiliate for the market.

    1982: Nature premieres on PBS.

    ...1985: only two hours after taping a wide-ranging interview on The Merv Griffin Show, legendary director-actor Orson Welles dies of a heart attack at his Hollywood, California, home. Welles could arguably be considered the original "King of All Media" -- his career saw immense success on Broadway (his "voodoo" MacBeth and Nazi-set Julius Caesar are considered to be the most important productions of Shakespeare in American theatrical history), radio (his year as Lamont Cranston on The Shadow and the 30 October 1938 CBS production of The War of the Worlds), Hollywood (Citizen Kane and The Third Man), newspapers (a regular opinion column in the New York Post) and television (a staple guest on talk and game shows and one of the first celebrity voice-over artists on commercials ranging from Paul Masson wine to Eastern Airlines). He had also been the original choice to narrate the original run of The Twilight Zone, but CBS didn't meet his proposed fee for the job, so Rod Serling did the narration instead...

    2002: Actress Teresa Graves (Laugh-In, Get Christie Love!) dies, aged 54, when a faulty space heater sets fire to her house in the Hyde Park section of Los Angeles. She had retired from acting two decades earlier to devote more time to her religion (Jehovah’s Witnesses) and to care for her mother. Her neighbors reportedly knew nothing of her show business past until her obituary was published.
  2. deth

    deth New Member

    Aug 23, 2010
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    What a boring day except for the mario lopez part :D