On this day: November 6

Published On: Nov 05 2012 06:33:12 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 06 2013 02:00:00 AM EST

Abraham Lincoln is elected president, New Jersey hosts the first intercollegiate football game, Phil Donahue premieres his TV talk show, and the punk band the Sex Pistols make their debut, all on this day.

OTD November 6 - Meet the Press
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Meet the Press

1947: "Meet the Press" makes its television debut in a 30-minute, live press conference format. James A. Farley, the former postmaster general and former Democratic National Committee chairman, was the show's first guest. Despite bearing little resemblance to its original format, today the show is the longest-running television series in American broadcasting history. Pictured is the earliest photograph in existence of the show, featuring the Dec. 4, 1947, episode with U.S. Sen. Robert Taft as the show's guest.


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