This Was Television On October 20

1951: CBS has its Eye on you

One of the most recognizable logos in America debuted on this date when the Central Broadcasting System unveiled its iconic eye. Developed to enhance the CBS Television Network’s distinct brand identity, the CBS Eye has become a ubiquitous presence on the channel over the more than 60 years since its inception.

Through its many incarnations the Eye remains among the most famous logos on the dial, along with NBC’s Peacock and TLC’s Shame Spiral. -A.D.

Also on October 20

1975: PBS NewsHour, one of America’s longest-running public television programs and one of its longest-running news programs, debuts. The show has operated under several titles during its tenure; during some of its most prolific stretches in the 1980s and 1990s, it was named for one or both of its veteran anchors, Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer.

Today’s Birthdays: John Anderson, character actor (d. 1992); Earl Hindman, obscured neighbor (d. 2003); Arlene Francis, panelist (d. 2001); John Krasinski, Scrantonian (33); Melanie Mayron, Steadman kin (60); Jerry Orbach, detective (d. 2004).

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