Today in TV History 4/30

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Today in
Television History

1952 – Mr. Potato Head became the first toy to be advertised on network television.

1964 – The FCC ruled that all TV receivers should be equipped to receive both VHF and UHF channels.

1975 – ABC aired the pilot episode of “Starsky and Hutch.”

1992 – The final episode of “The Cosby Show” aired on NBC.

1996 – Jackson Communications Inc. was ordered to pay $1.6 million to Smith-Hemion Productions. Smith-Hemion had lost money because of Michael Jackson’s failure to perform on the “Jackson Family Honors” TV special.

1997 – The television series “Ellen” made TV history when its lead character “came out” as a lesbian.

2002 – NBC aired the “Tonight” show’s celebration of its 10th year with Jay Leno. Appearances were made by Tom Cruise, Cher and Steven Tyler (Aerosmith).

Today in
Dick Clark’s American Bandstand History

1959 – Dee Clark performed “Just Keep It Up” on “American Bandstand.”

1966 – Jackie DeShannon performed “Come and Get Me” on “American Bandstand.”

1966 – Bob Kuban & the In-Men performed “The Cheater” on “American Bandstand.”

1977 – Andrew Gold performed “Lonely Boy” on “American Bandstand.”

1983 – Irene Cara performed “Flashdance…What a Feeling” on “American Bandstand.”

1983 – Felony performed “The Fanatic” and “What a Way to Go” on “American Bandstand.”

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