Here are some highlights from today in TV history:
On this date in 1952, "The Today Show" debuted with Dave Garroway and J. Fred Muggs. It was the first network morning news show.
Norman Lear's "Sanford and Son" debuted today on NBC in 1972.
Lindsey Wagner as "The Bionic Woman" debuted on this date in 1976.
Phyllis George, a former Miss America and Bill Kurtis debuted "The CBS Morning News" on this date in 1985.
On this date in 1990, "The Simpsons" started airing regular episodes.
On this date in 1993, David Letterman announced he was leaving NBC for CBS.
On this date in 1996, Fox aired the NFC Championship Game featuring the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys.
The Beach Boys guested as Wilson's cousins on an episode of "Home Improvement" on this date in 1997.
On this date in 1998, NBC agreed to pay Warner Brothers $13 million per episode to retain "E.R."
Garth Brooks appeared on Sesame Street on this date in 1999. He performed, "Together We Make Music."
On this date in 2001, the final episode of "The Jamie Foxx" show aired.
"The Today Show" proved its durability by airing its 50th anniversary show on this date in 2002.
On this date in 2002, the TNT original movie, "Monday Night Mayhem" aired. The movie was about the debut of "Monday Night Football."
Here are some notable birthdays for today:
Former actor from "Head of the Class" and producer for many Nickolodeon show, Dan Schneider was born today.
"60 Minutes" commentator Andy Rooney was born on this date.