The classic variety show, Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, premiered on January 22, 1968. In addition to hosts Dan Rowan and Dick Martin, it featured a variety of cast members and guests over its 140 episodes–including Richard Pryor, Ruth Buzzi, Lily Tomlin, Richard Dawson, John Wayne, Flip Wilson, and Goldie Hawn.
The classic comedy show, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, premiered on this day–in 1969. And we’ve laughed since then.
The greatest TV series of all-time–premiered on this day, in 1959.
The first animated sitcom–and one of the most popular animated shows in TV history–premiered on this day, in 1960. It was created by the cartoon powerhouse of Hanna-Barbera.
The Army-McCarthy Hearings began their live televised coverage on this day, in 1954. It would last until June 17.
On this day, in 1983, one of the greatest TV series of all-time ended its 11 year run.
The M*A*S*H finale was seen by 125 million viewers–the most of any U.S. TV show.
Several actors–who had prominent roles in Horror films–were born on this day.
Oliver Reed (1937) – Curse of the Werewolf, Burnt Offerings, The Brood
David Naughton (1951) – An American Werewolf in London
Mena Suvari (1979) – The Rage: Carrie 2, Day of the Dead, Don’t Blink