Profile America -- Sunday, May 22nd. This was a big day in the careers of two of the nation's most beloved television stars who practiced their craft in two widely different settings. It was on this date in 1967 that "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" was first seen. Host Fred Rogers entertained and educated youngsters for 34 years. And it was also on this date in 1992 that Johnny Carson last
appeared on the "Tonight Show," after almost 30 years of dominating late night television with sophisticated comedy and interviews. In the '60s, when both Rogers and Carson began, there were about 53 million homes with television sets. Today, that number is more than twice as large. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2011, p. 283
Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970, p. 796
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2011, t. 1131
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