Television and Radio
Police drama “The Plainclothesman” debuted on DuMont in 1949 and aired for five seasons…CBS sitcom “The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show” began its eight season run on CBS in 1950. Bea Benaderet (pre “Petticoat Junction”) portrayed Gracie’s friend and neighbor, Blanche Morton, while four actors (Hal March, John Brown, Fred Clark and Larry Keating) ultimately played Blanche’s husband Harry…The Howard Stern radio show premiered in Albany, New York in 1992.
“Our Gang” film short “Bouncing Babies” was released in theaters in 1929. This marked the final appearances of Jean Darling and Harry Spear.
Pat Benatar released the single “Love Is A Battlefield” in 1983…Chaka Khan released the single “I Feel For You” in 1984. The song was written by Prince and featured Stevie Wonder on harmonica…George Harrison released single “Got My Mind Set On You” in 1987.
Singer Sam Moore of Sam & Dave is 86; former New York Yankees shortstop Tony Kubek is also 86; Fox News anchor Chris Wallace is 74; actress-singer Susan Anton (“Cannonball Run II”) is 71; actor Carlos Barnard (“24”) is 59; Hugh Jackman (“X-Men”) is 53; actor Adam Rich (“Eight is Enough”) is also 53; Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan is 52; “Growing Pains” star Kirk Cameron is 51; Olympic alpine ski racer Bode Miller is 44; actor Josh Hutcherson (“The Hunger Games”) is 29.
Did You Know?
When “I Love Lucy” ended its six-year run on CBS in the spring of 1957, CBS wanted to renew the “George Burns and Grace Allen Show.” Although Allen had grown tired of performing, Burns committed both of them for another year, which would be their eighth — and last — on television. Burns attempted a solo series in the fall of 1958 called “The George Burns Show” (with returnees Bea Benaderet, Larry Keating, Harry Von Zell and Ronnie Burns), but it only lasted one season.