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Ted Turner

Founder of CNN Ted Turner
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Profession: Founder of CNN

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Media mogul who most notably was the founder of the Cable News Network (CNN), the world's first 24-hour cable news channel.

Turner owned the Atlanta Braves baseball team from 1976 to 1996 and in 1977 successfully defended sailing's America's Cup for the USA.

Donated US$1 billion in 1997 to support the United Nations, creating the public charity, the United Nations Foundation.

Born: November 19, 1938
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Age: 82 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Scorpio

Married Life

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

Historical Events

  • 1976-01-06 Ted Turner purchases Atlanta Braves for reported $12 million
  • 1976-01-14 Ted Turner becomes CEO of Atlanta Braves
  • 1977-01-02 MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn suspends Atlanta Braves owner Ted Turner for one year due to tampering charges in Gary Matthews free-agency signing
  • 1977-05-11 Ted Turner manages an Atlanta Braves game
  • 1985-07-03 CBS announces a 21% stock buy-back to thwart Ted Turner's takeover
  • 1987-01-20 8th ACE Cable Awards: Ted Turner wins the Golden CableACE
  • 1990-12-07 Ted Turner & Jane Fonda announce their engagement
  • 1991-12-28 Ted Turner is named Time Magazine Man of Year
  • 1997-09-18 Ted Turner gives $1 billion to the United Nations, creating the public charity, the United Nations Foundation

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