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.

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.

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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