Napoleon goes into exile, "I Love Lucy" debuts, vice-presidential candidates debate for the first time, Wayne Gretzky sets the NHL's points record, and the nation meets "Balloon Boy" and his family, all on this day.
1951: The first episode of the sitcom "I Love Lucy," starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance and William Frawley, premieres on TV. Recognized as one of the greatest sitcoms of all time, "I Love Lucy" was the most watched show in the United States in four of its six seasons, and was the first to end its run at the top of the Nielsen ratings, which it did on May 6, 1957.
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