Friday, June 24, 2011

I Love Lucy last airs on CBS-TV

"I Love Lucy," last airs on CBS-TV on June 24, 1957

I Love Lucy, Lucille Ball

I Love Lucy is an American television sitcom starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley.

The black-and-white series originally ran from October 15, 1951 to May 6, 1957 on the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS). When the original series ended, the show continued for three more seasons with 13 one-hour specials, running from 1957 to 1960, known first as The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show and later in reruns as The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour.

I Love Lucy was the most-watched show in the United States in four of its six seasons

and was the first to end its run at the top of the Nielsen ratings (an accomplishment later matched by The Andy Griffith Show and Seinfeld). I Love Lucy is still syndicated in dozens of languages across the world.

The show was the first scripted TV program to be shot on 35 mm film in front of a studio audience, won five Emmy Awards and received numerous nominations. In 2002, it ranked second on TV Guide's list of television's greatest shows, behind Seinfeld and ahead of The Honeymooners. In 2007 it was listed as one of Time magazine's "100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME."

Retro History for June 24 The 50s 60s 70s 80s

Retro History For The Decade 1980

1989 Cards Vince Coleman steals record 39th and 40th consecutive bases
1988 Cleveland pitcher Doug Jones sets record of 14 consecutive saves
1988 Red Sox begin AL record 23rd consecutive home win streak
1987 CFL's Montreal Alouettes fold
1987 Salt Lake City Trappers begin pro baseball record 29 consec win streak
1986 Guy Hunt elected 1st Republican governor of Alabama in 112 years
1986 U.S. Senate approves tax reform
1985 18th Space Shuttle Mission (51-G)-Discovery 5 returns to Earth
1985 Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS-51-F
1984 Joe Morgan sets career home run mark for 2nd basemen with #265
1984 Laurie Rinker wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic
1983 7th Space Shuttle Mission-Challenger 2 lands at Edwards AFB
1983 Don Sutton becomes 8th pitcher to strikeout 3,000 batters
1982 Equal Rights Amendment goes down to defeat
1982 Jean-Loup Chretien, 1st spacionaut, 2 others, lift off (Soyuz T-16)
1982 Soyuz T-6 Launch (U.S.S.R.)
1982 Supreme Court rules President can't be sued for actions in office
1980 Affirmed wins $500,000 Hollywood Cup, 1st horse to win $2 million

Retro History For The Decade 1970

1979 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open
1979 Rickey Henderson debuts for Oakland and steals his 1st base
1977 IRS reveals Jimmy Carter paid no taxes in 1976
1976 1975 movie "Rocky Horror Picture Show" released in Germany
1975 Eastern 727 crashes at JFK Airport New York, kills 113
1975 Moon tremor perceived, hit by Taurid meteors
1974 India all out for 42 in Lord's Test cricket in 77 minutes
1974 Steve Busby retires 1st 9 White Sox to set AL record with 33 consecutive batters retired
1973 Marlene Raymond (15), limboes under a flaming bar at 6 1/8"
1973 Susie Berning wins LPGA Heritage Village Golf Open
1972 'Troglodyte' by Jimmy Castor Bunch peaks at #6
1972 Wake Island becomes unincorporated territory of U.S., U.S. Air Force
1972 Yvonne Braitwaite Burke becomes 1st black chair in Dem convention
1970 "Catch 22" opens in movie theaters
1970 Bobby Murcer ties record of 4 consecutive home runs
1970 Reds play final game at Cincinnati's Crosley Field, beat Giants 5-4
1970 Senate votes overwhelmingly to repeal Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

Retro History For The Decade 1960

1968 14th LPGA Championship won by Sandra Post
1968 Australia all out for 78 vs. England at Lord's
1968 Deadline for redeeming silver certificate dollars for silver bullion
1968 Jim Northrup hits 2 grand-slammers to help Tigers beat Cleveland 14-3
1968 Joe Frazier TKOs Manuel Ramos in 2 for heavyweight boxing title
1968 Resurrection City in Washington D.C. closed permanently
1967 Pope Paul VI publishes encyclical Sacerdotalis coelibatus
1967 Zaire adopts constitution
1966 Bombay-New York Air India flight crashes into Mont Blanc (Switzerland), 117 die
1966 Period of relative peace following WW II exceeds that following WW I
1964 FTC rules health warnings must appear on all cigarette packages
1963 1st demonstration of home video recorder, at BBC Studios, London
1963 Levi Eshkol forms Israeli government
1963 Zanzibar granted internal self-government by Britain
1962 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA J E McAuliffe Golf Tournament
1962 Jack Reed's 22nd-inning home run wins longest New York Yankee game in history
1961 "Happiest Girl in the World" closes at Martin Beck New York City after 97 performances
1961 Beatles record "If You Love Me Baby"
1961 Iraq demands dominion over Kuwait
1960 Geoff Griffin takes a hat-trick South Africa vs. England Lord's

Retro History For The Decade 1950

1957 "I Love Lucy," last airs on CBS-TV
1956 "Steve Allen Show," returns on NBC-TV
1956 2nd LPGA Championship won by Marlene Hagge
1956 WISC TV channel 3 in Madison, Wisconsin (CBS) begins broadcasting
1955 Harmon Killebrew hits his 1st home run (off Billy Hoeff)
1954 "John Murray Anderson's Almanac" closes at Imperial New York City after 229 performances
1953 KSWS (now KOBR) TV channel 8 in Roswell, New Mexico (NBC) begins broadcasting
1951 Persian army takes over nationalized oil installations
1950 Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins LPGA Western Women's Golf Open
1950 French government-Bidault resigns
1950 New York Giant Wes Westrum hits 3 home runs and a triple

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