MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Mary Richards first tossed her hat in the air on Nicollet Mall on this day 48 years ago.

“The Mary Tyler Moore Show” — set in Minneapolis at the fictional TV station WJM — first aired on CBS on this day in 1970. The groundbreaking sitcom ran for seven years and won 29 Emmy Awards.

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The Mary Tyler Moore statue on the Nicollet Mall (credit: CBS)

The show featured several beloved actors, including Betty White, Ed Asner, Valerie Harper, Ted Knight and Cloris Leachman.

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Minneapolis has its own tribute to Mary Tyler Moore on the Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis. A statue depicting the moment Moore throws her hat in the air in the opening credit sequence is at the corner 7th Street.

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