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Throwback Thursday: This Day In Entertainment History

Happy Throwback Thursday!

We’re celebrating the first Thursday of November by looking back on some of the most historic days in entertainment; from music, television, sports, to pop culture and more!

Entertainment news is some of the most followed reports across the board; whether it’s facts, gossip, breaking records, drama, rumors – basically anything and everything that may or may not pertain to our personal lives… In essence, we love it all!

Check out some of the most groundbreaking and historic events that happened throughout the years – on this day –  in entertainment news.

1868:
The first black US Congressman was elected (Republican John Willis Menard of Louisiana).

1898:
Cheerleading was started at the University of Minnesota with Johnny Campbell leading the crowd by cheering on the football team with, “Rah, Rah, Rah! Ski-u-mah, Hoo-Rah! Hoo-Rah! Varsity! Varsity! Varsity, Minn-e-So-Tah!” Cheerleading finally became “famous,” in the 1920’s.

1936:
The first ever high-definition TV broadcast took place in London by, BBC. At the time, “standard definition” was 30 horizontal lines making up the picture, and BBC’s HD had 240 lines. Today, 720 is considered the minimum for HD television.

1956:
The Wizard of Oz was shown on television for the first time, on CBS. The film was moderately successful when released in theaters in 1939; but it is now recognized as the most watched film in television history.
1971:
Born on this day, Grammy award winner and Love and Hip-Hop star, Stevie J (Steven Aaron Jordan). Happy Birthday!

1974: 
Stevie Wonder’s single, “You Haven’t Done Nothin,” featuring The Jackson Five, went to No. 1 on the US singles chart, marking Stevie Wonder’s fourth US number 1 single (out of 24).

1974:
 George Harrison became the first Beatle to have his own world tour when he performed at his first official show in Vancouver, Canada.

1975:
Good Morning America premiered on ABC with hosts, David Hartman & Nancy Dussault.


1978:
The first broadcast of Diffrent Strokes premiered on NBC – starring: Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Willis Jackson, and Dana Plato.


1979: Born on this day, American platinum recording artist, songwriter, entrepreneur, investor, and actor: Nelly (Cornell Haynes Jr.). Happy birthday!

1983:
US President Ronald Reagan signs the bill establishing the official holiday for, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – held every third Monday in January.

1984:
The Reverend Marvin Gaye Sr. was sentenced to six years in prison, and 5 years probation, for the manslaughter of his son, Marvin Gaye; though the six year sentence was ultimately suspended.

1997:
The 28th, New York City Marathon, was won by John Kagwe of Kenya, with his time of – 2:08:12.

2011:
The Chicago Cubs baseball team fires their manager, Mike Quade.

2012: 
New York Mayor, Michael Bloomberg,  announces the cancellation of the New York City Marathon due to the damage and devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy.

2015:
Adele went to No.1 on the US singles chart with her single, “Hello;” the leading track off of her third album, 25. “Hello,” eventually became the first song to sell more than a million digital copies in a single week.

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