Just a few random TV related events that happened on October 12. Discuss or comment as you pleaseÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ 1935: Tenor Luciano Pavarotti is born in Modena, Italy. Largely due to his frequent television appearances and charity work (not to mention his voice), he became one of the most popular and widely known operatic stars of our time. 1936: Baseball star and sportscaster Tony Kubek is born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After a nine-year playing career with the New York Yankees (during which he played in six World Series), Kubek would move into broadcasting, a second career that would last nearly 30 years until his retirement in 1994. His exit from broadcasting was attributed, in part, to bitterness over the 1994 baseball strike that cancelled that seasonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s World Series. He was quoted at the time as saying Ã¢â‚¬Å“I hate what the game's become Ã¢â‚¬â€ the greed, the nastiness.Ã¢â‚¬Â 1947: Journalist Chris Wallace (Fox News Sunday) is born in Chicago. Although he is the son of legendary CBS newsman Mike Wallace, Chris actually had little to no relationship with his father until age 14. (His parents divorced a year after his birth, and he was raised for the next 13 years by his stepfather.) 1950: The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (a/k/a The Burns and Allen Show) premieres on CBS and becomes an instant hit. Originally televised live with a studio audience, Burns soon realized it would be a better business deal to do it on film, thus enabling reruns to be syndicated. The show was famous for meta-humor and breaking the Ã¢â‚¬Å“fourth wallÃ¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬â€œ one notable example was a Ã¢â‚¬Å“magic TVÃ¢â‚¬Â in GeorgeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s den on which he could watch scenes unfolding in other rooms. 1950: Actress and singer Susan Anton (Cliffhangers, Baywatch) is born in Oak Glen, California. 1951: The Holme Moss transmitter is opened in Northern England, making BBC Television available to the region for the first time. 1952: CincinnatiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s WKRC-TV moves next-door from channel 11 to channel 12. 1952: KBTV (channel 9, now KUSA-TV) becomes the 2nd operating TV station in Denver, Colorado. Originally carrying programming from all three major networks (but not DuMont, which had a home on KFEL-TV channel 2), within little more than a year it would lose CBS and NBC to newer stations, and remain an ABC primary until 1995. 1958: WJRT-TV (channel 12) signs on in Flint, Michigan as an ABC affiliate. It would be the first station in the market to go all-color (1967) and the only one to never change network affiliation. The station was originally owned by the same owners as DetroitÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s WJR radio; hence the calls. 1962: The Northwest's historic, violent Ã¢â‚¬Å“Columbus Day StormÃ¢â‚¬Â takes down the tower of KGW-TV (channel 8, Portland, Oregon). The station returned to the air 4 days later, using a temporary tower, plus an antenna on loan from KTNT-TV (Tacoma, Washington). A new permanent tower would be placed into service on January 28, 1963. 1964: KCSM-TV launches on channel 14 from the College of San Mateo (California). Originally a black and white station with just 13,800 watts of power, staffed and operated by students, it was established by the college a training facility for future broadcasters. (CSM offered a full range of courses in broadcasting and broadcast electronics, much more extensive than most 4-year university programs, and very unusual for a community college.) In 1979, KCSM would accept a generous offer from KDTV (San Francisco), acquiring their former full-power color facilities and moving to channel 60 with a transmitter atop San Bruno Mountain. Shortly thereafter, the student-oriented nature of the station would be scrapped, and it began to operate as a full-fledged professional outlet. 1964: WIHS-TV (channel 38, now WSBK-TV) signs on in Boston, Massachusetts. Originally owned by a Catholic group (the call letters reflecting a classic Jesuit abbreviation for the name of Christ Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the anglicized first three letters of JesusÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ name in Greek), it would before long be sold to Storer Broadcasting and go on to great success. In its heyday, WSBK was one of the early regional superstations, available on almost every New England cable system, as well as many in New York, New Jersey, and Canada. (Popularity largely due to its exclusive rights to many sports, including Bruins hockey and Red Sox baseball.) 1970: Actor Kirk Cameron (Growing Pains) is born in Panorama City, California. 1973: Trekkies get a resurrected Ã¢â‚¬Å“Star Trek,Ã¢â‚¬Â but not in the form they were expecting: Star Trek: The Animated Series debuts on NBC. Almost all the members of the original cast reprised their roles, save for poor Walter Koenig, who Ã¢â‚¬Å“missed the cutÃ¢â‚¬Â due to the showÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s budgetary constraints (his character was instead voiced by James Doohan, doing double-duty as Scotty and Chekov). The actors never gathered in one place to record their dialogue, but would tape their lines separately wherever they happened to be, then editors would edit all the clips together. (Some say this is what made the dialogue on ST:TAS seem so stilted.....) 1984: During a break between filming scenes on the set of the CBS series Cover Up, actor Jon-Erik Hexum, aged 26, jokingly places a blank-loaded .44 Magnum prop gun to his temple and pulls the trigger. The point-blank shot sends the wadding from the blank cartridge into his skull, driving a bone fragment the size of a quarter into his brain and causing massive hemorrhaging. Rushed to the hospital, Hexum would eventually be declared brain dead. Six days later, he would be removed from life support and his organs harvested for transplant. 1985: Legendary game show announcer Johnny Olsen dies, aged 75, from a cerebral hemorrhage. Besides his most famous stint on The Price is Right, Olson worked on over 30 other Goodson/Todman game shows, as well as being the announcer for The Jackie Gleason Show from 1962-70. 1989: Animation producer Jay Ward (Crusader Rabbit, Rocky & Bullwinkle, Dudley Do-Right, etc.) dies of kidney cancer in Hollywood, California, aged 79. 1996: An accident by a tower crew causes the 1535Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ tower of KXTX (channel 39, Dallas, Texas) to collapse during a moderate wind gust. The incident, which killed 3 workers, puts KXTX and 3 radio stations off the air. The station would improvise temporary facilities at the nearby KXAS site until the tower could be rebuilt. 1997: Singer John Denver (neÃƒÂ© Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr.) is killed, aged 53, when his small experimental aircraft crashes in Pacific Grove, California.