On this day in 1952, NBC’s Today debuted for the first time. What is common place now, Today was the very first morning show of
its kind and is the 5th longest running American television series. When
the show began, the network toyed with calling it The Rise and Shine Revue! Today’s
original host was Dave Garroway and featured chimpanzee J. Fred Muggs as the
show’s mascot. He stayed with the show until June 16, 1961. Today held the number one spot for
morning television until the late ‘80’s when rival Good Morning America took the reigns. Today began to be on top once again starting in December 1995 and
held that position until April 9, 2012 when GMA
took the ratings once again.