Here are some notable events in TV history for today:
- On this date in 1952, Jackie Robinson became the first African-American radio-TV network executive when he became Director of Communications for NBC.
- Diana Ross guest-starred on "Make Room for Granddaddy" with Danny Thomas on this date in 1971.
- The news that Patricia Hearst was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army dominated TV news on this date in 1974.
- "American Bandstand" with Dick Clark celebrated its 25th anniversary on this date in 1977.
- CBS aired "Cher at The Mirage" on this date in 1991.
- Ted Danson portrayed Lemuel Gulliver on "Gulliver's Travels" which aired on this date in 1996.
- The made-for-TV movie, "Rosa Parks: Ride to Freedom" premiered on Rosa Parks' 89the birthday. She was presented with a birthday cake and Stevie Wonder sang "Happy Birthday" to her.
Here are some notable birthdays for today:
- Rosa Parks. the subject of a made for TV movie was born on this date.
- Conrad Bain from "Different Strokes" was born today.