Today premieres on January 14. (1952)
Pictured: Dave Garroway on set during the taping of the first episode of the TODAY Show on January 14, 1952.
Barbara Walters becomes the first female coanchor on a major network news program. (1974)
Matt Lauer and Al Roker dress up for Halloween as Jennifer Lopez and P. Diddy. “It’s important not to take yourself too seriously,” says Lauer. (2000)
Katie Couric undergoes a colonoscopy on live TV following her husband’s death from colon cancer. (2000)
Lauer and Couric take live calls from distressed witnesses as they watch the Twin Towers burn on 9/11. (2001)
Lauer visits Easter Island for a “Where in the World is Matt Lauer?” segment. “It’s still one of my favorite locations on Earth,” he says. (2005)
Tom Cruise denounces psychiatry by calling it "pseudoscience." (2005)
Lauer gets into a heated exchange with George W. Bush on the fifth anniversary of 9/11. "He was very intense," recalls Lauer. (2006)
Lauer meets Pope Francis at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC. Lauer keeps that photo in his office. (2015)
The morning show host takes a walk down memory lane and looks toward the future.