On this day: August 19

Published On: Aug 15 2013 01:30:41 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 19 2014 01:00:00 AM CDT

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosts its first auto race, The Beatles kick off their first American concert tour, Groucho Marx dies, Mike Tyson returns to the ring, and the last U.S. combat brigade leaves Iraq, all on this day.

OTD August 19 - Amos and Andy
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1929: The comedy "Amos 'n' Andy" makes its network radio debut on NBC, after initially premiering on Chicago radio station WMAQ in 1928. The show, which featured its white creators, Freeman Gosden and Charles Carrell (seen here in a promotional postcard for the show), playing two black men from the Deep South who moved to Chicago to seek their fortunes, would become one of the most popular radio programs in American history and the first in the country to be distributed by syndication. Throughout the show's run, first on the radio and later on television, it was a frequent target of criticism for promoting racial stereotypes.

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