December 14, 2019

Today in History: Television

Scrapbook page featuring coverage of the birth of Ball and Arnaz’s real-life baby, Desi Arnaz, Jr., 1953
Today in History–August 19–the Library of Congress features children’s television. On this date in 1950, ABC aired its first Saturday morning children’s television shows: Animal Clinic and the variety show Acrobat Ranch, which featured two young acrobats, Tumbling Tim and Flying Flo, and children competing in games and stunts. Learn more about children’s television as well as the history of television by visiting the Today in History section and clicking the links below.

Television image set

Television: historic newspaper coverage (1910-1929)

Television: historic newspaper coverage (1930 on)

Children’s television legislation

Television legislation

Fifty Years of Coca-Cola Television Advertisements

I Love Lucy: An American Legend (online exhibition)

Bob Hope on television (online exhibition)

Danny Kaye & Sylvia Fine: Radio, Television, and Recordings (online exhibition)

Preserving Digital Public Television (steaming webcast)

Primary source analysis activity: Television finds a home

More theater & television teaching resources & primary source collections

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