1937 - W2XBS (later WNBC-TV) televised the first TV operetta. The work was the "Pirates of Penzance" by Gilbert and Sullivan.
1948 - "Toast of the Town" debuted on CBS-TV. The show was hosted by Ed Sullivan. The name of the show was eventually changed to "The Ed Sullivan Show."
1960 - Nan Winton became the first female television newsreader for BBC-TV.
1966 - The U.S. Open golf tournament was broadcast in color for the first time.
1973 - "American Bandstand" celebrated its 20th anniversary with a 90-minute television special. Little Richard, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Cheech and Chong and Three Dog Night made appearances.
1975 - On "The Midnight Special" Herb Alpert hosted Supertramp and the Captain and Tennille.
1979 - ABC News correspondent Bill Stewart was shot to death in Managua, Nicaragua, by a member of President Anastasio Somoza's national guard.
1989 - Ringo Starr was a guest on NBC-TV's "Late Night With David Letterman."
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