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David Letterman

Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
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Profession: Comedian and Television Host

United States of America

Why Famous: Host of the late night television talk show "Late Show with David Letterman". He is the longest-serving late-night talk show host in TV history.

Born: April 12, 1947
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Age: 73 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Aries

Married Life

  • 2009-03-19 Talk show host David Letterman (61) weds longtime girlfriend Regina Lasko (48) at a civil ceremony in Choteau, Montana

Historical Events

  • 1980-06-23 "David Letterman Show" debuts on NBC-TV daytime
  • 1982-02-01 "Late Night With David Letterman" debuts on NBC-TV, Bill Murray is first guest
  • 1986-05-22 Cher calls David Letterman an asshole on Late Night on NBC
  • 1989-02-24 Margaret Ray found in David Letterman's home, claims to be his wife
  • 1989-04-05 David Letterman becomes 1st network TV series to use dolby stereo
  • 1989-05-30 Margaret Ray pleads guilty to breaking into David Letterman's house
  • 1992-10-16 1,700th David Letterman Show
  • 1993-01-08 NBC offers "The Tonight Show" to David Letterman
  • 1993-01-14 David Letterman announces his show is moving from NBC to CBS
  • 1993-04-26 NBC announces Conan O'Brien to replace David Letterman
  • 1993-06-25 "Late Night with David Letterman" airs for the last time on NBC-TV
  • 2004-05-30 Indianapolis 500: Buddy Rice wins from pole for team owners Bobby Rahal and David Letterman in a rain shortened race
  • 2015-05-20 David Letterman, after 33 years, hosts the "Late Show with David Letterman" for the last time

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