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Remember when? This weekend in entertainment history

Remember when? This weekend in entertainment history

In 2009 the U.S. Postal Service honored the "Perry Mason" television show. Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo/USPS

A look back on some milestones and memorable moments in the entertainment industry that happened on Sept. 21 and 22.

September 21
• 1948: Milton Berle made his debut as permanent host of “The Texaco Star Theater” on NBC.
• 1957: “Perry Mason,” starring Raymond Burr, made its debut on CBS.
• 1970: “NFL Monday Night Football” made its debut on ABC. The Cleveland Browns defeated the visiting New York Jets, 31-to-21.
• 1992: 250 million households tuned in to “Murphy Brown” to see the show’s rebuttal to Vice President Dan Quayle’s family values speech. Quayle had criticized the show for its lead character having a baby out of wedlock.
• 2001: Celebrities including Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Neil Young, Celine Dion and Mariah Carey performed at a telethon to raise money for the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. More than 30 networks broke from regular programming to carry the telethon. Within five days it had brought in $150 million in pledges.
• 2011: The band R.E.M. announced their breakup

Celebrities celebrating a birthday on Sept. 21 include: author Stephen King (66); actor Bill Murray (63); country singer Faith Hill (46); actress/talk show host Ricki Lake (45) and actor Luke Wilson (42).

September 22
• 1957: “Maverick,” starring James Garner, premiered on ABC.
• 1964: The musical “Fiddler on the Roof” opened on Broadway.
• 1965: Singer Roger Daltry of The Who nearly got thrown out of the band for punching out drummer Keith Moon on the opening date of their Scandinavian tour in Copenhagen.
• 1982: The sitcom “Family Ties” premiered on NBC.
• 1985: The first Farm Aid concert was held in Champaign, Ill., featuring John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson and Neil Young.
• 1989: Songwriter Irving Berlin died in New York City at age 101. During his lengthy career, he wrote many classics, including “God Bless America” and “White Christmas.”

Celebrities celebrating a birthday on Sept. 22 include: actress Shari Belafonte (59); singer Joan Jett (55); opera singer Andrea Bocelli (55); actor Scott Baio (52); and actress Bonnie Hunt is (52).

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