History 101 for April 20, 2012

a revolution in radio…the debut of an iconic, long running TV show…and disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

On April 20, 1961, the FCC granted FM radio stations the right to broadcast in stereo — that decision led to the “underground radio” movement, which in turn spawned commercial FM radio.

on this day in 1964 ABC’s Wide World of Sports” debuted – the crashing ski-jumper shown during the “agony of defeat” opening segment suffered only a few bruises.

2010: An explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil platform, leased by BP, kills 11 workers and begins spewing – by government estimates – about 200 million gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico for nearly three months.

And in music history…

1963 – University of Michigan football great Tom Harmon gave his daughter in marriage to the son of Ozzie and Harriet Nelson – his name was Rick.