This was Television on February 2

1950: What’s My Line? debuts

One of the earliest and most successful examples of the panel game show format, What’s My Line? featured celebrity guests querying contestants in order to guess their occupations. The original incarnation, hosted by John Charles Daly, aired on CBS until 1967. It was revived in first-run syndication in 1968, running an additional seven years, and eventually producing nearly 2,200 episodes total.  -A.D.

Today’s Birthdays: Blake Clark, character actor (67); Lori Beth Denberg, all that (37); Farrah Fawcett, angel (d. 2009); Lauren Lane, nanny rival (52); Robert Mandan, Tate patriarch (81); Tom Smothers, variety emcee (76); Rich Sommer, mad man (35); Brent Spiner, android (64); Elaine Stritch, domineering mom (88); Michael T. Weiss, pretender (51). 

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