Archive for August 5th, 2011

DANCE SHOW WENT NATIONAL ON THIS DATE IN 1957

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American Bandstand
premiered in late September 1952 as Bandstand on
Philadelphia television station WFIL-TV Ch. 6 (now WPVI-TV), as a local
replacement for a weekday movie. The new show was hosted by Bob Horn
(below) who had a show with the same name on WFIL radio. Bandstand
mainly featured short musical films with occasional studio guests. Horn
changed the shows format to a dance program, with local teens dancing
along with the latest hits on camera. On July 9, 1956, Horn was fired after a
drunk-driving arrest and the show went to fellow WFIL radio DJ, 26 year old
Dick Clark. In late spring of 1957, Clark pitched Bandstand to the ABC-TV
network and it was picked up nationally, becoming American Bandstand on
August 5, 1957.

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Bob Horn

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MAUREEN MCCORMICK IS 55 TODAY

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Maureen Denise McCormick is a actress and recording artist who is best
remembered for her role as the oldest daughter, Marcie Brady in the
ABC television series The Brady Bunch from 1969 to 1974. After The
Brady Bunch
, McCormick made guest appearances on many television
shows including Happy Days, Love Boat and Fantasy Island. She also
had supporting roles in a few B-movies.

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FIRST MAN ON THE MOON IS 81 TODAY

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Neil Alden Armstrong is a former astronaut, Navy test pilot aerospace engineer,
and university professor. He was the first person to set foot on the Moon July 21,
1969. For his spaceflights, Armstrong received the Congressional Medal of Honor.

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DEATH OF A STAR ON THIS DAY IN 1962

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Sometime during the night of August 4-5, 1962, Marilyn Monroe died. Her
body was discovered in the bedroom of her Brentwood home by Ralph S.
Greenson, Marilyn’s psychoanalyst. Cause of death was ruled "probable
suicide" by an overdose of sleeping pills. Monroe was 36 at the time. Her
funeral took place on August 8, at the Westwood memorial Park Chapel in
Westwood, California. There are many who believe that she was murdered,
but no murder charges were ever filed. The death of Marilyn Monroe has
since become one of the most debated conspiracy theories of all time.

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COMIC STRIP DEBUT ON THIS DATE IN 1924

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Little Orphan Annie was initally a daily comic strip created by Harold Gray (below) and syndicated by Tribune Media Service. The strip took its name from the 1885 poem
“Little Orphant Annie” by James Whitcomb Riley, and made its debut on August 5,
1924 in the New York Daily News. It ranked number one in a popularity in a Fortune  
magazine poll in 1937. The strip’s popularity began to decline over the years and 
and was running in only 20 newspapers when it was cancelled on June 13, 2010.

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Harold Gray

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First Little Orphan Annie Sunday newspaper comic strip, November 2, 1924.

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