1903 – Born on March 11th in Strasburg, North Dakota. The accordion maestro provided nearly two decades of squeaky-clean music and family entertainment on TV every Saturday night on prime-time, and for another 11 years in syndication. His trademarks included his "A uh-one, a uh-two" intro and a perpetual bubble machine.
1931 – Married Fern Renner on April 16th. They had three children.
1955 – He was the talk show host of The Lawrence Welk Show.
1961 – Recorded prolifically before and during his TV years, primarily for Columbia, Coral, Dot, and Ranwood records, scoring a number one single and album with "Calcutta".
1969 – He wrote his memoir "Wunnerful! Wunnerful!" with Bernice McGeehan.
1971 – He co-wrote "My America, Your America" with Bernice McGeehan.
1978 – He co-wrote "My Musical Family Album" with Bernice McGeehan.
1989 – Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame.
1992 – He died from pneumonia on May 17th in Santa Monica, California. His remains were buried in the Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California.