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Historical Events

  • 1980-06-01 1st transmission of CNN, Cable News Network

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1981-04-01 CNN airs a videotape that shows that Tamara Rand predicted that Reagan is in danger from someone named Jack Humley (a hoax)

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1981-12-31 CNN Headline News debuts
  • 1982-03-15 KGB-AM in San Diego CA changes call letters to KCNN (now KPOP)
  • 1985-02-14 Hostage CNN reporter Jeremy Levin is released in Beirut
  • 1990-01-14 11th ACE Cable Awards: CNN wins the Golden CableACE for the coverage of the events in Beijing, China
  • 1992-01-12 13th ACE Cable Awards: CNN wins the Golden CableACE for the coverage of the Persian Gulf War
  • 1993-10-13 Captured American Pilot Mike Durant is filmed in an interview in captivity by a CNN camera crew.
  • 1995-08-03 CNN en Espanol premieres
  • 1995-11-29 CNN/fn, the financial network by Turner Enterprises, launched
  • 1997-03-17 CNN begins spanish broadcasts

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

2015-08-07 US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump says in a CNN interview that news anchor Mergyn Kelly had “blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever”

Businessman & T.V. Personality Donald Trump
Businessman & T.V. Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2015-09-16 US Republican candidates hold second CNN debate, Carly Fiorina and Donald Trump face off at the Reagan Presidential Library

Famous Birthdays

  • 1921-04-28 Rowland Evans, White Marsh Pa, news reporter (CNN-Evans & Novak)
  • 1931-02-26 Robert D Novak, Joliet Ill, news reporter (CNN-Evans & Novak)
  • 1933-11-19 Larry King, radio/TV host "143 Arivadechi" (Larry King Show, CNN), born in NYC, New York
  • 1940-05-22 Bernard Shaw, news correspondant (CBS, CNN)
  • 1962-06-13 Hannah Storm, sports journalist (CNN, NBC)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1991-12-21 Actress Jane Fonda (55) weds CNN founder Ted Turner at the groom's home in north Florida

Actress Jane Fonda
Actress
Jane Fonda
  • 2012-12-21 CNN anchor Erin Burnett (36) weds finance executive David Rubulotta (42) in New York City Hall

Famous Divorces


Broken-heartDivorce of Interest

2001-05-22 Actress and former fitness guru Jane Fonda (63) divorces CNN founder Ted Turner (62) due to irretrievably broken marriage 10 years after getting married

Actress Jane Fonda
Actress
Jane Fonda

Famous Deaths

  • 1991-05-26 Tom Cassidy, anchor (CNN), dies of AIDs at 41