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  • 1921-03-21 Walter Kerr Theater (Ritz, CBS, NBC, ABC) opens at 223 W 48th St NYC
  • 1933-01-30 "Lone Ranger" begins a 21-year run on ABC radio
  • 1935-05-06 KTM-AM in Los Angeles California changes call letters to KEHE (now KABC)
  • 1947-09-13 WPVI TV channel 6 in Philadelphia, PA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1947-10-03 WMAL (now WJLA) TV channel 7 in Washington, D.C. (ABC) begins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1947-10-27 "You Bet Your Life" with Groucho Marx premieres on ABC radio

Comedian Groucho Marx
Comedian
Groucho Marx
  • 1947-12-17 WEWS TV channel 5 in Cleveland, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1948-01-18 Ted Mack's "Original Amateur Hour" begins, DuMont (later NBC/ABC/CBS)
  • 1948-03-21 "Stop the Music" with Bert Parks premieres on ABC radio
  • 1948-04-15 KCPX (now KTVX) TV channel 4 in Salt Lake City, UT (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • 1948-04-19 ABC-TV network begins
  • 1948-04-23 KSTP TV channel 5 in St Paul-Minneapolis, MN (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • 1948-06-15 WTNH TV channel 8 in New Haven, CT (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1948-08-10 ABC enters network TV at 7 PM (WJZ, NY)
  • 1948-08-10 Allen Funt's "Candid Camera" TV debut on ABC
  • 1948-09-17 WLS TV channel 7 in Chicago, IL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1948-09-29 WSB TV channel 2 in Atlanta, GA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1948-10-09 WXYZ TV channel 7 in Detroit, MI (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1948-11-02 WJZ TV channel 13 in Baltimore, MD (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-04-04 WKRC TV channel 12 in Cincinnati, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-05-05 KGO TV channel 7 in San Francisco, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-05-30 WRTV TV channel 6 in Indianapolis, IN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-07-01 WBRC TV channel 6 in Birmingham, AL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-08-30 WTVN (now WSYX) TV channel 6 in Columbus, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-09-15 "Lone Ranger" premieres on ABC-TV. Diddle-um, diddle-um, diddle-um-tum-tum.
  • 1949-09-15 WJAC TV channel 6 in Johnstown, PA (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-09-16 KABC TV channel 7 in Los Angeles, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-09-17 WFAA TV channel 8 in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1950-02-21 WOI TV channel 5 in Ames-Des Moines, IA (ABC/PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1950-07-20 "Arthur Murray Party" premieres on ABC TV (later DuMont, CBS, NBC)
  • 1950-08-19 ABC begins Saturday morning kid shows (Animal Clinic & Acrobat Ranch)
  • 1950-09-29 "Tin Pan Alley TV" last airs on ABC-TV
  • 1951-05-28 Jerry Colonna Show, debuts on ABC-TV
  • 1952-10-12 KBTV (now KUSA) TV channel 9 in Denver, CO (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-01-16 KXLY TV channel 4 in Spokane, WA (ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-02-08 WLVA (now WSET) TV channel 13 in Lynchburg-Roanoke, VA (ABC) begins
  • 1953-02-09 WNEP TV channel 16 in Scranton Wilkes-Barre, PA (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • 1953-03-08 KSWO TV channel 7 in Lawton, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-03-28 KCAU TV channel 9 in Sioux City, IA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-04-01 KXMC TV channel 13 in Minot, ND (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-04-14 WHYN (now WGGB) TV channel 40 in Springfield-Holyoke, MA (ABC) begins
  • 1953-04-16 WAND TV channel 17 in Decatur, IL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-04-29 The first U.S. experimental 3D-TV broadcast showed an episode of Space Patrol on Los Angeles ABC affiliate KECA-TV.
  • 1953-05-23 WHIZ TV channel 18 in Zanesville, OH (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-06-01 WDAY TV channel 6 in Fargo, ND (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-06-19 WTPA (now WHTM) TV channel 27 in Harrisburg, PA (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • 1953-07-12 KTVB TV channel 7 in Boise, ID (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-07-19 WAKR (now WAKC) TV channel 23 in Akron, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-07-24 KEYT TV channel 3 in Santa Barbara, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-08-01 KMBC TV channel 9 in Kansas City, MO (MET/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-08-14 KXLF TV channel 4 in Butte, MT (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-08-23 KBAK TV channel 29 in Bakersfield, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-09-09 KGTV TV channel 10 in San Diego, CA (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-09-15 WVEC TV channel 13 in Hampton-Norfolk, VA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-09-21 KRDO TV channel 13 in Colorado Spgs-Pueblo, CO (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • 1953-09-27 KOLO TV channel 8 in Reno, NV (ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-09-27 KQTV TV channel 2 in Saint Joseph, MO (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-09-27 WHBQ TV channel 13 in Memphis, TN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-09-27 WMAZ TV channel 13 in Macon, GA (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-09-27 WTOK TV channel 11 in Meridian, MS (ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-09-28 KOAT TV channel 7 in Albuquerque, NM (ABC/PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-09-29 "Make Room for Daddy" starring Danny Thomas, premieres on ABC-TV
  • 1953-10-01 KJEO TV channel 47 in Fresno, CA (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-10-01 WATE TV channel 6 in Knoxville, TN (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-10-01 WREX TV channel 13 in Rockford, IL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-10-06 WTVM TV channel 9 in Columbus, GA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-10-14 WTEN TV channel 10 in Albany, NY (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-10-20 WRAU (now WHOI) TV channel 19 in Peoria, IL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-10-25 KIEM TV channel 3 in Eureka, CA (NBC/CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-11-01 KCEN TV channel 6 in Temple-Waco, TX (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-11-15 WIBW TV channel 13 in Topeka, KS (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-11-23 WJBF TV channel 6 in Augusta, GA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-11-29 WSIX TV channel 8 in Nashville, TN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-12-07 WCCB TV channel 18 in Charlotte, NC (IND/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-12-10 KOMO TV channel 4 in Seattle, WA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-12-15 WJHG TV channel 7 in Panama City, FL (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-12-18 KATV TV channel 7 in Little Rock, AR (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-12-18 KMID TV channel 2 in Midland & Odessa, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-12-19 KFYR TV channel 5 in Bismarck, ND (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-12-24 KHOL (now KHGI) TV channel 13 in Kearney, NB (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954-01-13 WEAR TV channel 3 in Pensacola-Mobile, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954-02-05 WCDC TV channel 19 in Adams, MA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954-03-09 WMUR TV channel 9 in Manchester, NH (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954-03-15 WSJV TV channel 28 in Elkhart-South Bend, IN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954-03-21 KFBB TV channel 5 in Great Falls, MT (ABC/CBS/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954-04-07 WALB TV channel 10 in Albany, GA (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954-04-10 KRGV TV channel 5 in Weslaco, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954-05-03 KTEN TV channel 10 in Ada-Ardmore, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954-07-04 WMSL (WYUR, now WAFF) TV channel 48 in Huntsville, AL (ABC) begins
  • 1954-07-15 KOCO TV channel 5 in Oklahoma City, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954-07-15 WBOC TV channel 16 in Salisbury, MD (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954-08-15 WCHS TV channel 8 in Charleston-Huntington, WV (ABC) begins
  • 1954-08-31 WMTW TV channel 8 in Portland-Poland Spring, ME (ABC) begins
  • 1954-09-02 WTVD TV channel 11 in Raleigh-Durham, NC (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954-09-10 WLUK TV channel 11 in Green Bay, WI (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954-09-18 KTUL TV channel 8 in Tulsa, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954-09-18 WLOS TV channel 13 in G'ville-Spartanburg, SC (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • 1954-09-25 WCBD TV channel 2 in Charleston, SC (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954-09-26 KODE TV channel 12 in Joplin, MO (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954-09-29 "Masquerade Party" TV game Show; moves to ABC

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1901-04-28 Corry Vonk, [Cornelia D], wife of Wim Kan (ABC-cabaret)
  • 1904-07-05 Don Goddard, Binghamton NY, news anchor (ABC Evening News 1958-59)
  • 1909-10-15 Robert Trout, Wake County NC, newscaster (ABC)
  • 1909-12-06 Alan McGilvray, cricketer (20 games for NSW mid 1930's) and commentator (ABC)
  • 1911-01-06 Joey Adams, American comedian/actor/columnist (ABC's Back That Fact), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1914-05-12 Howard K Smith, LA, TV newsman (ABC, Moderated Kennedy-Nixon debate)
  • 1918-04-27 John Alfred Scali, journalist/correspondent (ABC)
  • 1919-07-31 Curt Gowdy, Green River Wyo, sportscaster (ABC)
  • 1921-09-14 Hughes Rudd, TV newscaster (CBS/ABC)
  • 1921-09-24 Jim McKay, sportscaster (ABC's Wide World of Sports), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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1923-04-17 Harry Reasoner, American newscaster (60 Minutes, ABC, CBS), born in Dakota City, Iowa (d. 1991)

Journalist Harry Reasoner
Journalist
Harry Reasoner
  • 1923-11-29 Frank Reynolds, E Chicago Ind, news anchor (ABC Evening News)
  • 1924-05-18 Jack Whitaker, sportscaster (ABC, CBS), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1924-06-08 George Kirby, comedian (ABC Comedy Hour, Pearl Bailey Show), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1925-06-14 Pierre Salinger, newsman (ABC)/press secretary (John Kennedy)
  • 1926-09-03 Bill Flemming, sportscaster (ABC's Wide World of Sports)
  • 1927-03-10 Donn Trenner, orchestra leader (ABC's Nightlife), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1928-10-18 Keith Jackson, Carrolton Ga, sportscaster (ABC Monday Night Football)
  • 1929-03-21 Jules Verne Berman, space & science reporter (ABC-TV)
  • 1929-09-25 Barbara Walters, newscaster (Today, 20/20, ABC-TV), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1930-08-16 Frank Gifford, American NFL halfback (NY Giants)/ABC sportscaster, born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2015)

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1931-07-08 Roone Arledge, American President of ABC Sports (Monday Night Football), born in NYC, New York

Sports Broadcasting Pioneer and President of ABC Sports Roone Arledge
Sports Broadcasting Pioneer and President of ABC Sports
Roone Arledge
  • 1934-03-11 Sam Donaldson, ABC White House correspondent (Prime Time), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1934-12-29 Tom Jarriel, LaGrange Ga, newscaster (ABC Weekend News, 20/20)
  • 1935-08-22 Morton Dean, Fall River Mass, TV newscaster (CBS, ABC)
  • 1937-09-13 Fred Silverman, broadcasting exec (ABC/NBC/CBS)
  • 1937-11-30 Richard Threlkeld, newscaster (ABC-TV)
  • 1938-02-23 Sylvia Chase, St Paul Minn, newscaster (ABC Weekend News, 20/20)

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1938-07-29 Peter Jennings, news anchor (ABC Evening News), born in Toronto, Ontario

Journalist and T.V. News Anchor Peter Jennings
Journalist and T.V. News Anchor
Peter Jennings

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1939-05-01 Max Robinson, 1st African American network TV anchor (ABC), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1988)

1st African-American Network TV Anchor Max Robinson
1st African-American Network TV Anchor
Max Robinson
  • 1940-02-08 Ted Koppel, Lancashire England, American journalist (ABC Nightline)
  • 1940-06-09 Dick Vitale, US, sportscaster (ESPN, ABC "Oh Baby!")
  • 1941-10-16 Tim McCarver, baseball catcher (Phils, Mets)/sportscaster (ABC, CBS)
  • 1943-12-27 Cokie Roberts, newscaster (ABC-TV)
  • 1944-02-26 Marilyn Michaels, comedienne (ABC Comedy Hour)
  • 1945-12-22 Diane Sawyer, Glasgow Ky, newscaster (60 Minutes, ABC Prime Time)
  • 1946-06-04 Bettina Gregory, correspondent/journalist (ABC-TV)
  • 1947-01-19 Ann Compton, news reporter (ABC TV)
  • 1951-05-04 Jackie Jackson, [Sigmund], rocker (Jackson 5-ABC), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1953-05-17 Kathleen Sullivan, newscaster (ABC-TV, CBS Morning Show), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1953-10-15 [Toriano] Tito Jackson, singer (Jackson 5-ABC, Never Can Say Goodbye)
  • 1954-12-11 Jermaine Jackson, singer (Jackson 5-ABC), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1956-02-24 Paula Zahn, Napperville Ill, news anchor (ABC, CBS This Morning)
  • 1958-03-09 Martin Fry, English pop singer and rock vocalist (ABC-All of My Heart)
  • 1959-04-17 Stephen Singleton, Sheffield, rocker (ABC)
  • 1961-04-01 Mark White, rock guitarist (ABC-All of My Heart)
  • 1961-05-29 David Palmer, heavy metal drummer (ABC, AC/DC)
  • 1961-10-29 Randy Jackson, rocker (Jackson 5-ABC), born in Gary, Indiana

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1993-04-24 ABC news analyst Jeff Greenfield weds Karen Gannett

HeartWedding of Interest

1997-12-06 ABC's World News Tonight news anchor Peter Jennings (59) weds Kayce Freed in Bridgehampton, New York

Journalist and T.V. News Anchor Peter Jennings
Journalist and T.V. News Anchor
Peter Jennings
  • 2001-11-20 ABC News political analyst George Stephanopoulos (40) weds actress Alexandra Wentworth (36) at Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Manhattan
  • 2002-07-20 ABC's World News Tonight co-host Elizabeth Vargas (39) weds singer-songwriter Marc Cohn (43) at the Council on Foreign Relations
  • 2004-01-12 Two-time Oscar-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski (44) weds ABC-TV correspondent Rebecca Rankin in Los Angeles
  • 2012-02-18 Activist and contributor for ABC News Elizabeth Smart (24) weds Matthew Gilmour (22) in Hawaii

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1972-03-02 Bill Lawrence, news anchor (ABC), dies at 56
  • 1983-07-20 Frank Reynolds, news anchor (ABC Evening News), dies at 59

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1988-12-20 Max Robinson, 1st African American network TV anchor (ABC), dies of AIDS at 49

1st African-American Network TV Anchor Max Robinson
1st African-American Network TV Anchor
Max Robinson
  • 1992-08-13 David Kaplan, news director (ABC), killed in Sarajevo Yugoslavia
  • 1994-08-05 Amy Sacks, producer (ABC sports, Disney), dies of Lupus at 39
  • 1997-11-04 Wally Bruner, journalist (ABC, What's My Line), dies at 66