This Was Television On December 30
1953: The first color TV is sold
The first commercial available model of color television was released by Admiral, boasting a 15-inch screen. While color TV did not become ubiquitous in American living rooms until the 1960s, this first model even predated the first coast-to-coast color TV broadcast: the New Year’s Day Tournament of Roses parade aired by NBC on January 1, 1954. -A.D.
Today’s Birthdays: Betty Aberlin, neighbor (70); Jason Behr, teenage alien (39); James Burrows, director (72); Eliza Dushku, slayer (32); Patricia Kalember, sister (56); Kristin Kreuk, Smallvillian (30); Matt Lauer, a.m. emcee (55); Jack Lord, cop (d. 1998); Meredith Monroe, Creek denizen (44); Michael Nesmith, Monkee (70); Barbara Nichols, character actress (d. 1976); Jeanette Nolan, frontierswoman (d. 1998); Sheryl Lee Ralph, educator (56); Jack Riley, psychiatric patient (77); Daniel Sunjata, firefighter (41); Russ Tamblyn, psychiatrist (78); Concetta Tomei, Army major (67); Tracey Ullman, sketch comic (53), Meredith Viera, host (59), Fred Ward, character actor (70).
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