On this day 57 years ago, “The Dick Van Dyke Show” premiered on the CBS TV network. With a total of 158 episodes spanning five seasons, the show catapulted Dick van Dyke to fame, with his unique brand of physical comic genius. It starred Van Dyke as comedy writer Rob Petrie who was married to an emotional wife named Laura, played brilliantly by Mary Tyler Moore (who wrote later that she almost skipped the audition). Rose Marie and Morey Amsterdam portrayed Rob’s funny co-writers—and the creator–producer of the actual episodes, Carl Reiner, played their boss, a talk show host.
The series won 15 Emmy Awards and has been ranked as one of the greatest TV shows of all time. WATCH the best montage of physical comedy EVER produced!… (1961)
MORE Good News on this Day:
- Thanksgiving Day was established for the fourth Thursday in November by President Lincoln (1863)
- The Shot Heard ‘Round the World, one of the greatest moments in baseball history, occurred when Bobby Thomson hit a ninth inning home run for the NY Giants to win the National League pennant for his team that had been down 14 games heading into the playoffs (1951)
- Frank Robinson, an MVP and Triple crown slugger as a player, was named Major League Baseball’s first black manager by the Cleveland Indians (1974)
- The members of Aerosmith bailed 30 fans out of jail after they were arrested for simply smoking pot during the band’s Indiana concert at Fort Wayne Coliseum (1978)
- East Germany ceased to exist when its territory became part of the Federal Republic of Germany and its citizens rejoined the European Community after 45 years of postwar division—now a public holiday in unified Germany (1990)
And, Happy 78th Birthday to Chubby Checker, the rock and roll singer and dance pioneer who showed the world how to do “The Twist” with his 1960 hit. Billboard magazine declared the song the “biggest hit” of the 1960s. He also popularized the Limbo, another trademark dance.
American D.J. Clay Cole said, “Chubby Checker has never been properly acknowledged for one major contribution to pop culture—Chubby and the Twist got adults out and onto the dance floor for the first time. Before the Twist dance phenomenon, grownups did not dance to teenage music.” WATCH his appearance on American Bandstand… (1941)