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CNN Celebrates 40 Years

A 41-year-old Ted Turner makes a dedicatory speech as part of CNN’s June 1, 1980 opening day ceremony. (Image credit: CNN) ALEXANDRIA, Va. —In the springtime of 1980, Americans were getting accustomed to “Post-It Notes,” and a few were just starting to twist Rubik’s Cubes. Out in Washington state, inhabitants in the Mount St. Helens region were beginning to experience frequent earthquakes and explosions; waiting and watching to see what would happen next. None of this, however, was being given much notice by the growing number of arrivals at a new enterprise rapidly taking shape in Atlanta.

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