Daily Archives: October 1, 2012

‘The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson’ debuts on NBC-TV 50 years ago this hour (1962)

Video: 'The "Today" Show on Johnny Carson's Retiring - from 1992 - part 1 of 5!!!' (show debuts at 5:15)

(Monday, October 1, 1962, 11:15 p.m. EDT)The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, a talk show hosted by Johnny Carson under the Tonight Show franchise, debuted tonight on NBC-TV. Ed McMahon was the announcer.

In 2002, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson was ranked #12 on TV Guide‘s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.

‘Remington Steele’ debuts on NBC-TV 30 years ago this hour (1982)

Video: 'License to Steele' (Oct. 1, 1982)

(Friday, October 1, 1982, 10:00 p.m. EDT)Remington Steele, a comedy-drama-detective television series about a licensed female private detective who invents a fictitious male superior to attract more business to her detective agency, debuted tonight on NBC-TV. It starred Stephanie Zimbalist, Pierce Brosnan and Doris Roberts.

James Meredith enrolls as first black student at ‘Ole Miss’ 50 years ago this hour (1962)

Video: 'Deadly Riots at Ol' Miss' (Oct. 1, 1962, at 4:33)

(Monday, October 1, 1962, 8:15-9:10 a.m. EDT, during the American Civil Rights Movement) — James Meredith, the first black student to enroll at the all-white University of Mississippi, registered for classes this morning while escorted by U.S. Marshals. Overnight rioting designed to block Meredith left two people dead.