Dave Garroway

Born Jul 13, 1913

David Cunningham "Dave" Garroway was an American television personality. He was the founding host and anchor of NBC's Today from 1952 to 1961. His easygoing and relaxing style belied a battle with depression. Garroway has been honored for his contributions to radio and television with a star for each on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as well as the St. Louis Walk of Fame, the city where he spent part of his teenage years and early adulthood.… Read More

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1913 Birth Born on July 13, 1913.


1938 24 Years Old Garroway began his broadcasting career modestly. Starting at NBC as a page in 1938, he graduated 23rd in a class of 24 from NBC's school for announcers.
1939 25 Years Old Following graduation, he landed a job at Pittsburgh radio station KDKA in 1939. … Read More
1941 27 Years Old When the United States entered World War II in 1941, Garroway enlisted in the U.S. Navy. … Read More


1945 - 1948 3 More Events
1951 37 Years Old 1 More Event
He won the award again in 1951. … Read More
1952 38 Years Old He was joined by news editor Jim Fleming and announcer Jack Lescoulie when the show debuted on Monday, January 14, 1952. … Read More
1953 39 Years Old At the same time he did Today, Garroway also hosted a Friday night variety series, The Dave Garroway Show, from October 2, 1953, to June 25, 1954.


1955 41 Years Old On October 16, 1955, he began hosting NBC's live Sunday afternoon documentary Wide Wide World, continuing with that series until June 8, 1958. … Read More
1956 42 Years Old 1 More Event
Garroway narrated a compilation of romantic songs performed by the Boston Pops Orchestra, Getting Friendly with Music, in 1956. … Read More
1959 46 Years Old Garroway took Today to various locations during his tenure: Paris in 1959 and Rome in 1960; car shows and technology expos; plays and movies; and aboard an Air Force B-52 for a practice bombing run. … Read More
1960 47 Years Old By 1960, there was also a board game called "Dave Garroway's Today Game".
In 1961, Garroway hosted a special filmed program for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association that traced Billy Graham's crusades from 1949 to 1960. … Read More
1962 49 Years Old After leaving Today, Garroway returned to television on National Educational Television (the forerunner of PBS) with a science series called Exploring the Universe in late 1962. … Read More


1969 56 Years Old In April 1969, Garroway launched a daytime talk show on WNAC-TV, Tempo Boston, which he hoped would be picked up for national syndication. … Read More
1971 58 Years Old He planned to reenter the television world with a CBS summer replacement show, Newcomers, but the show never made it past the summer of 1971.
1972 59 Years Old While in Los Angeles, Garroway began to take acting workshops; he had a role in an episode of the western series Alias Smith and Jones as a judge in 1972. … Read More


1980 67 Years Old Garroway married astronomer Sarah Lee Lippincott in February 1980.
1981 68 Years Old In 1981, Garroway underwent open-heart surgery, a result of which he contracted a staph infection. … Read More
1982 69 Years Old 1 More Event
His final such appearance was on the 30th anniversary show, on January 14, 1982.
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