THE FIRST CBS-TV MORNING SHOW DEBUTED ON THIS DATE IN 1954

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 The Morning Show on the CBS television network aired from 1954 until 1956 and was originally hosted by Walter Cronkite (above). It was very similar to NBC’s The Today Show and was on the air for two hours from 7-9 a.m. ET until being reduced to one
hour to accommodate the premiere of Captain Kangaroo in 1955. Additional hosts
over the years included Jack Paar, John Henry Faulk, and Dick Van Dyke.

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Walter Cronkite with the weather

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Jack Paar hosting The Morning Show

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GAVIN MACLEOD BECAME 81 TODAY

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Gavin MacLeod is an actor most known for playing Murray Slaughter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show (CBS-TV, 1970 – 1977) and Captain Merrill Stubing (above left) on The Love Boat (ABC-TV, 1977 – 1986). MacLeod’s first movie appearance was a small , un-credited role in The True Story of Lynn Stuart in 1958. Soon thereafter, he landed a credited role in I Want to Live!, a  1958 prison drama starring Susan Hayward. He was soon noticed by Blake Edwards, who in 1958 cast him in Operation Petticoat with Cary Grant and Tony Curtis. The movie proved to be a breakout role for Macleod.

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Gavin Macleod with Mary Tyler Moore

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GEORGE KENNEDY TURNED 86 TODAY

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George Kennedy has appeared in over 200 film and television productions. He is best known as the convict Dragline in Cool Hand Luke (1967),for which he won an Academy Award, airline troubleshooter Joe Patroni in the Airport series of disaster movies from the 1970s and as Captain Ed Hocken in the Naked Gun series of comedy films with the late Leslie Nielsen (1988,1991, and 1994).

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George Kennedy in Cool Hand Luke

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George in Airport 


George Kennedy (left) with Leslie Nielsen in Naked Gun

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MIKE FARRELL BECAME 72 TODAY

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Michael Joseph "Mike" Farrell is an actor, best known for his role as Captain
B.J. Hunnicutt (shown above) on the CBS-TV series M*A*S*H (1975–83). He
Stayed with the series for its remaining eight years on the air. During that
time, Farrell wrote five episodes and directed four.  Even before he was
well-known, Farrell was an activist for many political and social causes.

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CHILDREN’S TV SHOW DEBUTED ON THIS DATE IN 1947

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Buffalo Bob Smith was the voice of Howdy, the freckled-
faced marionette. The show had a thirteen-year run on NBC.

  

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                        Howdy on the set

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Clarabell The Clown, left,  was originally played by
Bob Keeshan who later became Captain Kangaroo.

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the peanut gallery
                     The audience for show

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