Key dates in history of National Broadcasting Co.

Comcast Corp.’s deal to buy the rest of NBCUniversal would end General Electric Co.’s long ties with the broadcast network. Comcast now owns 51 percent, and GE the remaining 49 percent. Comcast expects to get full ownership by the end of March.

Here’s a look at some key events in NBC’s history:

1926 _ National Broadcasting Co. formed by General Electric Co., Westinghouse Electric Co. and Radio Corporation of America after buying broadcast assets from AT&T. Launches first permanent radio network in United States.

1931 _ Experimental TV broadcasts begin from atop Empire State Building.

1932 _ RCA becomes sole owner of NBC.

1939 _ NBC begins regular television broadcasts in New York, with opening of World’s Fair.

1941 _ NBC and CBS stations in New York get nation’s first commercial television licenses.

1943 _ ABC gets its start after NBC sells one of its two radio networks under pressure from government.

1947 _ “Meet the Press” premieres.

1948 _ Comic Milton Berle becomes first television star on “Texaco Star Theater”

1948 _ Television ownership reaches 1 million.

1950 _ Trademark granted for three-note NBC chimes.

1952 _ Launch of “Today,” first network early-morning news show.

1954 _ NBC makes first coast-to-coast color broadcast. “The Tonight Show” debuts with Steve Allen.

1962 _ Johnny Carson becomes “Tonight” host.

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