This Day in Pop Culture for January 14

NBC's "Today" aired for the first time on January 14, 1952.

NBC's "Today" Show Airs for the First Time

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.

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