The Medal of Honor is authorized, a favorite toy is born, Walter Mondale makes a historic choice, and "E.T." breaks box office records, all on this day.
1908: Actor and comedian Milton Berle, known to millions of viewers as "Uncle Miltie" and "Mr. Television" during TV's golden age, is born Milton Berlinger in New York City. Berle was the first major American television star, hosting NBC's "Texaco Star Theater" comedy-variety show from 1948 to 1955. He started out as a child actor in silent films and moved onto vaudeville, stand-up comedy and radio stardom in the 1920s and 1930s. He died of colon cancer at the age of 93 on March 27, 2002.
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