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Ed Sullivan

TV Host Ed Sullivan

Full Name: Edward Vincent Sullivan
Profession: TV Host

United States of America

Why Famous: One of the most popular and influential television hosts in American history, Sullivan is remembered primarily as the man who introduced several seminal acts to an American audience, including The Beatles, The Dave Clark Five and The Jackson 5 on The Ed Sullivan Show which ran from 1948 to 1971.

His February 9, 1964 show, on which The Beatles made their American television debut at the apogee of Beatlemania, was at that point the most watched episode in American television history.

Born: September 28, 1901
Birthplace: NYC, New York, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Libra

Died: October 13, 1974 (aged 73)
Cause of Death: Esophageal cancer

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Historical Events

  • 1932-03-29 Jack Benny debuts on radio, on Ed Sullivan's New York interview program
  • 1948-06-20 "Toast of the Town" hosted by Ed Sullivan premieres on CBS-TV
  • 1956-03-17 8th Emmy Awards: "The Ed Sullivan Show", Phil Silvers Show & Lucy Ball win
  • 1956-09-09 Elvis Presley appears on "The Ed Sullivan Show" for the 1st time
  • 1957-01-06 Elvis Presley makes his 7th & final appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show"
  • 1957-12-01 Sam Cooke, Buddy Holly and the Crickets debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show"
  • 1963-05-12 Bob Dylan walks out of "The Ed Sullivan Show" over a dispute about his song choice
  • 1963-06-09 Barbra Streisand appears, for her third time, on "The Ed Sullivan Show"
  • 1963-10-31 Ed Sullivan witnesses The Beatles & their fans at London Airport
  • 1963-11-11 Brian Epstein & Ed Sullivan sign a 3 show contract for The Beatles

  • 1964-02-09 1st appearance of the Beatles on "The Ed Sullivan Show", from New York, draws 73.7 million television viewers
  • 1964-02-16 The Beatles' 2nd appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show", from Deauville Hotel in Miami, Florida
  • 1964-05-24 Beatles' 3rd appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show"
  • 1964-10-25 Rolling Stones appear on "The Ed Sullivan Show" for the 1st time
  • 1964-12-27 The Supremes 1st appear on "The Ed Sullivan Show" singing "Come See About Me"
  • 1965-08-14 Beatles tape an appearance for "The Ed Sullivan Show"
  • 1965-10-10 The Supremes appear on the "The Ed Sullivan Show"
  • 1966-06-12 Dave Clark Five sets record as they appear for 12th time on "The Ed Sullivan Show"
  • 1966-09-11 Rolling Stones perform on "The Ed Sullivan Show"
  • 1967-01-15 Rolling Stones appear for the fifth time on the Ed Sullivan Show, reluctantly agree to alter lyrics of "Let's Spend The Night Together"
  • 1967-12-10 CBS officially renames CBS-TV Studio 50 in New York (built in 1927 as Hammerstein's Theatre), as "The Ed Sullivan Theater" in celebration of the 20th anniversary of his program
  • 1968-03-17 Bee Gees make their US TV debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show" performing "To Love Somebody" and "Words"
  • 1969-12-14 Jackson Five make their 1st appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show"
  • 1969-12-21 Diana Ross' final TV appearance as a Supreme on "The Ed Sullivan Show", performing “Someday We’ll Be Together", after which Sullivan announced her upcoming departure from the group
  • 1971-03-28 Last original edition of "The Ed Sullivan Show" broadcasts on CBS-TV

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