NOV. 30, 1929

Richard Wagstaff Clark is born in Bronxville, N.Y. His father was a salesman and, later, the manager of a radio station in Utica, N.Y.

1947
Works as an office boy and then as an announcer at the station his father managed, WRUN.

1952
Having graduated from Syracuse University, Clark moves to Philadelphia to work for WFIL radio and TV.


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JULY 9, 1956
Clark replaces Bob Horn as full-time host of a local afternoon record-hop TV show, "Bandstand."

1957
Clark founds his own production company, Dick Clark Productions.

AUG. 5, 1957
ABC takes "Bandstand" national, renaming it "American Bandstand." Jerry Lee Lewis performs "Whole Lotta Shaking Going On." The show is 90 minutes long until Oct. 2, 1961, when it's shortened to an hour.

OCT. 7, 1957

ABC gives "American Bandstand" a 13-week run on Monday nights from 7:30 p.m.-8 p.m

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FEB. 15, 1958
ABC airs "The Dick Clark Saturday Night Beechnut Show," which runs until Sept. 10, 1960.

APRIL 1960
Clark testifies for two days at the -congressional payola hearings. Based on the advice of ABC's lawyers, he would divest himself of his ownership stakes in 33 different record labels, distributors and manufacturers based in the Philadelphia area, plus his -songwriter credit on 150 copyrights.

SEPT. 7, 1963
"American Bandstand" switches to a once-a-week series on Saturday -afternoons. Neil Sedaka performs "The Dreamer" and the Jaynetts -perform "Sally Go 'Round the Roses."

NOV. 30, 1963
Before moving his operations to Los Angeles, Clark takes a bit of Philadelphia to the Sunset Strip for the ABC special "Celebrity Party." The celebrities were mostly associated with Clark's friend, Chancellor Records' Bob Marcucci, and included "Bandstand" regulars Frankie Avalon, Freddy Cannon and Annette Funicello

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FEB. 8, 1964
"American Bandstand" moves to its new home in Los Angeles. A week later, Clark devotes nearly all of the show's second L.A. episode to the Beatles, who made their U.S. debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on Feb. 9. Yet another sign of Clark's keen sense of teen trends.

JUNE 28, 1965
Clark begins a three-year, 113-episode run of "Where the Action Is," a weekly music show filmed around the -country with Paul Revere & the Raiders as hosts. Otis Redding makes 10 appearances on the show; other guests include the Turtles, Roy Head, Peter & Gordon, the Four Tops, Tina Turner and the Mamas & the Papas.

MARCH 6, 1968
"Psych Out," the first film produced by Clark, is released in theaters. Among the musical acts featured in the movie: Jimi Hendrix, the Seeds and the Strawberry Alarm Clock. Clark makes two more exploitation films, "The Savage Seven" and "Killers Three," before the end of the decade.

OCT. 1, 1968
Clark launches "It's Happening," another musical variety show that lasts two seasons.

FEB. 1970
Clark produces "Get It Together," a 30-minute musical show that features performances by the Beach Boys, Donovan, Jethro Tull, the Moody Blues, Ringo Starr and others. It lasts one season.

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DEC. 31, 1972
"Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" debuts. Produced and later hosted by Clark, the show's first two telecasts were filmed aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, Calif. The first one -featured Three Dog Night and Blood, Sweat & Tears. The show becomes an -annual event.

MARCH 26, 1973
CBS hires Clark to host "The $10,000 -Pyramid" game show. Filmed in New York, it also ran on ABC and in -syndication. Clark left after a year when CBS canceled it and ABC picked it up. He returned in -January 1981 to host the syndicated "$50,000 -Pyramid" and remained as host when it moved to L.A. and the CBS daytime lineup in -September 1982.

1973
After CBS picks up the contract to air the Grammy Awards (which ABC aired in 1971 and 1972), ABC asks Clark to create the -American Music Awards. -Produced by Dick Clark -Productions, the AMAs debut Feb. 19, 1974, with Michael Jackson and Donny Osmond as co-hosts.

JULY 7, 1977
Clark marries his third wife, Kari Wigton, who survives him.

1979
Clark serves as executive producer of TV movie "Elvis," the first biopic about Elvis Presley. That year, the Academy of Country Music joins forces with Dick Clark Productions to produce its awards show. Clark and Al Schwartz produced, moving it to from ABC to NBC and then to CBS, where it remains today.

1984
Clark co-hosts NBC's "TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes" with Ed McMahon. The role gives him the distinction of being a show host on all three networks.

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1987
Dick Clark Productions, which also had a restaurant chain in addition to TV and film properties, goes public.

SEPT. 5, 1987
After 30 years, ABC stops -running "American Bandstand." No network series targeting the youth market had a longer run.

SEPT. 19, 1987
"American Bandstand" moves to first-run syndication.

APRIL 8, 1989
"American Bandstand" moves to the USA cable network with David Hirsch replacing Clark as host. It lasts only six months.

1990
Clark is inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame.

1993
Clark is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a non-performer. He's pictured here with his wife, Kari.

DEC. 8, 2004
Clark is hospitalized for a stroke. Due to his recovery, he doesn't host "New Year's Rockin' Eve" for the first time in decades. After his health improves, Clark becomes an advocate and fund-raiser for a state-of-the-art neuroscience program at the -hospital where he was treated, the Providence Saint -Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif.

JUNE 19, 2007
A group led by -Washington Redskins owner Daniel -Snyder buys Dick Clark -Productions for $175 million.

DEC. 31, 2011

Clark makes his final -appearance on "New Year's Rockin' Eve" in New York's Times Square.

APRIL 18, 2012

Clark dies of a heart -attack at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center.

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