Statistically Speaking

Entertainer Dick Clark, best known for hosting American Bandstand and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rocking Eve, died of a heart attack last Wednesday at the age of 82. Clark was known as a supporter of integration and civil rights, as well as a veteran television personality. Here are some facts about Clark’s legacy:

1972: The first year that Clark hosted ABC’s New Year’s coverage

1957: The year that Clark racially integrated the dancers on American Bandstand

40 million: Number of viewers of American Bandstand in 1958

39: Number of years Clark hosted or co-hosted ABC’s New Year’s coverage

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