Monday, June 1st. What is now routine for many Americans each day — checking an all-news cable television channel for the latest events around the world — began on this day 29 years ago. That’s when CNN — the Cable News Network — started its service. At the time, many critics questioned whether the public would be interested in a channel that carried nothing but news, 24 hours a day. Now, there are not only a number of such news channels, but others dedicated fully to weather, golf, automobiles and cooking, among other special interests. When CNN began operations, one-in-five American households were hooked up to cable. Today, cable television reaches nearly three-out-of-four homes across the U.S.
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