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Today in Latin American History

First Episode of “I Love Lucy” Starring Cuban Desi Arnaz & Lucille Ball Aired in 1951

First Episode of “I Love Lucy” Starring Cuban Desi Arnaz & Lucille Ball Aired in 1951

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Today in Latin American history, the first episode of “I Love Lucy” starring Cuban Desi Arnaz & Lucille Ball aired in 1951.

Lucy insisted that Desi play her husband, much to the dismay of CBS, whose executives believed that audiences would not believe the marriage between an all-American girl and a Latin man.

“I Love Lucy” was the most watched show in the United States in four of its six seasons, “I Love Lucy” is still syndicated in dozens of languages across the world.

The black-and-white series originally ran until May 6, 1957.

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