Created by RCA, Westinghouse, and AT&T, the National Broadcasting Company began operations on this date. The merger represented a combination of several local radio stations in the New York City region into the hubs of a nationwide network. NBC soon developed iconic programming like Amos ‘n’ Andy and The Jack Benny Program, which established it as a cornerstone of American broadcast entertainment. -A.D.
Today’s Birthdays: Ed Asner, news director (83); Kevin Eubanks, late night bandleader (55); Judy Gold, comedy writer (50); Jay Harrington, corporate conscience (41); Yaphet Kotto, lieutenant (75); Ray McKinnon, preacher (55); Jonny Lee Miller, detective (40); Sean Murray, Navy cop (35); Sam Waterston, D.A. (72); Shailene Woodley, American teenager (21).