This Was Television On January 1

1954: The first coast-to-coast color broadcast

NBC, the TV and radio home for the Tournament of Roses parade for over a century, made the New Year’s Day tradition into a milestone in 1954. The parade was broadcast in color by 21 stations spanning the United States, then the most far-ranging broadcast of that type. The full color was primarily appreciated by industry executives and VIPs watching on test models, however; the first commercially available color TV set had only been released two days prior. -A.D.

Today’s Birthdays: Clay Cole, dance show host (d. 2010); Stephanie Faracy, character actress (61); Don Novello, monsignor (70); Matt Robinson, Sesame Street resident (d. 2002).

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