As always, the further we go back in Hollywood history,
the more that fact and legend become intertwined.
It's hard to say where the truth really lies.
April 17, 1937
Daffy Duck debuts.
Daffy Duck makes his debut in the Warner Bros. short Porky's Duck Hunt. In the 1920s, movie houses had started showing a short cartoon before feature presentations, but the form became more innovative and popular after sound was introduced in 1928.
April 17, 2002
General Hospital airs 10,000th episode.
ABC airs the 10,000th episode of the daytime drama General Hospital, the network’s longest-running soap opera and the longest-running program ever produced in Hollywood.
April 18, 2012
Dick Clark, host of "American Bandstand" and "New Year's Rockin' Eve," dies
On this day in 2012, Dick Clark, the TV personality and producer best known for hosting "American Bandstand," an influential music-and-dance show that aired nationally from 1957 to 1989 and helped bring rock `n' roll into the mainstream in the late 1950s, dies of a heart attack at age 82 in Santa Monica, California. The clean-cut, youthful-looking Clark, dubbed "America’s Oldest Teenager," also was the longtime host of the annual telecast "New Year's Rockin' Eve" and headed an entertainment empire that developed game shows, awards shows, talk shows, made-for-TV movies and other programs.