Founded by cable TV magnate Ted Turner, Cable News Network became the first channel in the U.S. devoted exclusively to news coverage and the first 24-hour news network in the world. Turner himself introduced the channel when it hit the air at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Its first broadcast, from its Atlanta headquarters, was delivered by anchors and spouses Lois Hart and David Walker. -A.D.
Today’s Birthdays: René Auberjonois, space station security (73); Powers Boothe, gentlemen’s club proprietor (65); Sarah Wayne Callies, prison doc (36); Mark Curry, substitute teacher (49); Morgan Freeman, Electric Company player (76); Andy Griffith, sheriff (d. 2012).