An assassin's misfires spare President Andrew Jackson, "The Lone Ranger" debuts on radio, Gandhi is assassinated, The Beatles hit the roof for one last gig, and the first computer virus is written, all on this day.
1977: The eighth, and final, part of the miniseries "Roots" is watched by 100 million viewers, making it the most-watched entertainment show ever at the time. It has since been passed by the series finale of the sitcom "M*A*S*H" and the "Who Done It?" (aka "Who Shot J.R.?") episode of "Dallas." The series, based on Alex Haley's novel "Roots: The Saga of an American Family," would go on to earn 36 Emmy nominations, winning nine.
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