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Today in TV History: April 3. 2014.

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Here are some important events in TV history for this date:

  • On this date in 1949, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis made their radio show debut on NBC.
  • The first issue of TV guide was published on this date in 1953. It featured Lucy and Desi's son on the cover.
  • Fred Astaire appeared on TV for the first time on TV on this date in 1955 on Ed Sullivan's "Toast of the Town."
  • Elvis appeared on "The Milton Berle Show" on this date in 1956. It was broadcast from on board the "USS Hancock" aircraft carrier.
  • Cher's TV special aired on this date in 1978, with special guest, Rod Stewart.
  • "Barnaby Jones" last aired on this date in 1980.
  • John Chancellor stepped down from anchoring "The NBC Nighty News" on this date 1982 He was replaced by the team of Roger Mudd and Tom Brokaw.
  • Paul McCartney appeared on "MTV Unplugged" on this date in1991.
  • On this date in 1994, Charles Kuralt stepped down from CBS' "Sunday Morning."

Here are some important birthdays for today:

  • Doris Day was born on this date.
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