This Day in History: Monday, October 18, 2021

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Television and Radio
The first broadcast of “Perry Mason” was presented on CBS Radio in 1943. The original version of the legal drama with Raymond Burr debuted on CBS on Sept. 21, 1957…Orson Welles made his television debut in the live “Omnibus” production of “King Lear” on CBS in 1953. Hosted by Alistair Cooke, “Omnibus” showcased dramatic plays, literary readings, documentary-style films, operas, ballet and symphony performances…The Jackson Five made their first national television appearance on ABC variety hour “The Hollywood Palace” in 1969…ABC sitcom “Roseanne” began its 10 season run in 1988. During the initial run, the series remained in the top four for six of the nine seasons, and in the top 20 for eight. During the short-lived revival in 2018, “Roseanne” finished third overall for the season.

Books
“Moby Dick” by Herman Melville, the tale of a sailor’s obsession with tracking down and killing an elusive whale that took his leg in a previous encounter, was published as The Whale in London for the first time in 1851. One month later it was available in the United States.

News
Alaska became part of the United States in 1867 following the purchase from Russia for $7.2 million.

Sports
Reggie Jackson tied Babe Ruth’s record for hitting three homeruns in a single World Series game in 1977. Jackson was only the second player to achieve this.

Celebrity Birthdays
Action star Jean-Claude Van Damme is 621; Zac Efron is 34; Tyler Posey (“Teen Wolf”) is 30.

Did You Know?
“Roseanne” returned after a 21 year absence in 2018 with the main cast intact. Had Roseanne Barr not been fired following her racist tweet, the sitcom would not be in season 14. The continuation as “The Conners” is now is season four.

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