March 28, 1979

Today In History

Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station Melts Down in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania

On March 29, 1978 at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant located near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, there was an accident and part of the core in the # 2 reactor melted. Some radioactive gas was released but no deaths or injuries were reported to local residents. When the accident occurred, the # 2 reactor was operating at 97% power. There was a minor malfunction in the secondary cooling circuit which caused the temperature in the primary coolant to rise, which caused the reactor to shut down automatically in one second. A relief valve failed to close, and most of the primary coolant drained away, resulting in the core damage. The operators were unable to diagnose the problems or respond timely or properly to the unplanned automatic shutdown of the reactor. Deficient control room instrumentation and inadequate emergency response training proved to be primary causes of the accident. The cleanup of the damaged nuclear reactor system took nearly 12 years and cost approximately one billion dollars. The cleanup was uniquely challenging. Plant surfaces had to be decontaminated, water used and stored during the cleanup had to be processed, and 100 tons of damaged uranium fuel had to be removed. For 18 years, The Pennsylvania Department of Health maintained a registry of more than 30,000 people who lived within five miles of Three Mile Island at the time of the accident. The state's registry was discontinued in mid-1997, with no evidence of unusual health trends in the area

Remember When

Early Cable Cars in San Francisco
NBA 100 Greatest Plays (1950-1999)
The White Sox disgraced baseball and Chicago in 1919
Song of the Day
Carole King, Celine Dion, Shanaia Twain, and Gloria Estefan | You've got a Friend
The Courtship of Eddie's Father - Preview Clip
The Courtship of Eddie's Father is a television sitcom based on the 1963 movie of the same name, which was based on a novel by Mark Toby. The series is about a widower, Tom Corbett played by Bill Bixby, who is a magazine publisher, and his young son, Eddie played by Brandon Cruz. Eddie believes his father should marry, and manipulates situations surrounding the women his father is interested in. ABC had acquired the rights to the story; the series debuted on September 17, 1969, and was last broadcast on March 1, 1972. Bixby received an Emmy nomination for the show
Explore America
Any Roller Coaster anywhere

HOLLYWOOD

Bette Davis

Betty Grable

Joan Collins

Marilyn Monroe

Natalie Wood

Bette Davis

Betty Grable

Joan Collins

Marilyn Monroe

Natalie Wood

TV Show of the Day
THE YOGI BEAR SHOW - 1961
Norman Lear discusses creating the show Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman
Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman is a satirical soap opera that aired in daily (weekday) syndication from January 1976 to May 1977. The series was produced by Norman Lear, directed by Joan Darling and Jim Drake, and starred Louise Lasser. T The show's title was the eponymous character's name stated twice, because Lear and the writers believed that dialogue within a soap opera was always said twice.
Tom Seaver leads the Miracle New York Mets to the 1969 World Series Title
Legendary Pitcher Tom Seaver played most of his 20-season career with the New York Mets. He won the Rookie of the Year in 1967, and then two years later, in just his 3rd season, he won 25 games, the Cy Young Award, and led the Miracle Mets to the 1969 World Championship. Tom Seaver was a 3-time Cy Young Award Winner, a 5-time 20-game winner, and a 12-time All Star during his remarkable career. Seaver compiled 311 career victories (# 18 all-time) and 3,640 strikeouts (# 6 all-time). Tom Seaver was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1992, his first year of eligibility, with 98.8% of the votes, which is the highest percentage ever.
Interview of the Day
John Lennon on Dick Cavett | September 11, 1971
Power lunch at a Cafe in Hollywood in the 1950s
The Best of Jack Nicholson

Classic Cape Cod Scenes

Classic Boston Sports Heroes

Babe Ruth - Red Sox 1914-1919

Babe Parilli - Boston Patriots

Dave Cowens

Bill Russell

Doug Flutie - The New England Patriots

Babe Ruth - Red Sox 1914-1919

Babe Parilli - Boston Patriots

Dave Cowens

Bill Russell

Doug Flutie - The New England Patriots

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