On this day 50 years ago, the Carol Burnett Show premiered on CBS. The influential variety show ran for 11 seasons and featured the unforgettable ensemble of Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman, Lyle Waggoner, and Tim Conway. The show won 25 Emmy Awards and was ranked number 16 on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time. CBS is airing a 50th Anniversary special. WATCH… (1967)
The network just announced that it has reunited original cast members of The Carol Burnett Show for a two-hour special. Burnett – who is expected to reminisce about her fondest memories, and reflect on its impact — will also be joined by costume designer Bob Mackie, as well as other comedians and friends, including Jim Carrey, Kristin Chenoweth, Stephen Colbert, Harry Connick Jr., Bill Hader, Jay Leno, Jane Lynch, Bernadette Peters, Maya Rudolph and Martin Short. Look for the show to air Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 at 8 pm EST on CBS.
MORE Good News on this Day:
- The first World Parliament of Religions conference opened, marking the first formal gathering of representatives of Eastern and Western spiritual traditions (1893)
- Mahatma Gandhi coined the term ‘Satyagraha’ (Truth-Force) to characterize Non-Violent movements (1906)
- The Boston Red Sox won the World Series; wouldn’t repeat for 86 years (1918)
- The World Wildlife Fund was formed (1961)
- The Beatles recorded their first single, “Love Me Do” at EMI studios in London (1962)
- At Camp David, President Jimmy Carter, Egyptian President Sadat, and Israeli Prime Minister Begin agreed on a framework for peace in the Middle East (1978)
- Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds recorded his 4192nd hit, breaking Ty Cobb’s career record (1985)
- Scots voted to create their own Parliament after 290 year union with England (1997)
- Israel pulled out of the Gaza Strip, lowering the flag to end 38 years of military rule following the removal of its settlers and dismantling of its military bases (2005)
And on this day in 1940, Brian De Palma, the film director and screenwriter of such films as The Untouchables and Mission: Impossible, was born in New Jersey. The computer enthusiast enrolled at Columbia as a physics student, but became enraptured with the filmmaking process after viewing Citizen Kane, and the films of Alfred Hitchcock, to whom he has often been compared. (2009 Photo of De Palma by gdcgraphics, CC)
Also on this day, in 2001, while waiting for a train to commute to work as a comic book illustrator in New York City, Gerard Way witnessed the World Trade Center collapse after the 9/11 attack. The experience prompted him to start a new band, My Chemical Romance, for which he became the lead singer. He realized, “I need to do something that means something or my life will mean nothing… You don’t have to save the world, but make some kind of difference or say something that has some kind of value to it.” In March 2013, at the height of their success, the band broke up and Way became a solo artist for Warner Bros. Records.