On January 5, 1972, President Richard Nixon signed legislation authorizing the creation of America’s first space shuttle, the “world’s first reusable spacecraft.”
On December 27, 1947, Howdy Doody made his television debut on Puppet Playhouse. Howdy Doody was one of the first TV programs made for children and produced in color.
Famed American conductor Arthur Fiedler was born on December 17, 1894, in Boston, Massachusetts.
On December 9, 1965, A Charlie Brown Christmas first aired on television.
Journalist and author Arnold Eric Sevareid was born on November 26, 1912, in Velva, North Dakota.
Legendary TV personality Ed Sullivan was born on September 28, 1901, in Harlem, New York City.
On September 14, 1908, the University of Missouri School of Journalism became the first such school in the US, and only the second in the world. (The Superior School of Journalism of Paris opened in 1899.)
On August 12, 1960, Echo I, the world’s first passive communications satellite, was placed in orbit around the Earth