Here's Everyone Who Has Ever Hosted The Today Show

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Consider the Today show the coffee of daytime TV: It's here to start your morning off right.

Still, you may be surprised at just how long the Today show has been doing its thing. While its network, NBC, will be celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2017, the talk show also has a huge birthday coming up. Today will turn 65 this year, which means it's been keeping you updated on news, world events, and fun pop culture moments since the days of sock hops and jukeboxes. Your parents, and even your grandparents, may have been watching Today from the time they were a kid — just in a different iteration.

But while the format of the show may change, its commitment to keeping its audience informed before their morning bagel has not. Of course, the series wouldn't be anything without its hosts guiding the way. With so many decades of Today to look back on, it's the perfect time to celebrate the anchors that made this morning show so memorable.

Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie currently hold the title of Today's anchors, but who else was in their shoes? Here is every star whose work made the Today show what it is today.
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Dave Garroway

Garroway was the first anchor to take on Today. He began his run when the show premiered on January 14, 1952, and continued to anchor until June of 1961, when he went on to science series Exploring the Universe and radio.
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J Fred Muggs

Technically Muggs isn't an actual anchor — he was the show's chimpanzee mascot. During Garroway's anchor days, the primate helped host segments from 1953 until 1957.
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Hugh Downs

Before going on to host game show Concentration and 20/20, Downs was the anchor on Today. He served the show from 1962 to 1971.
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Barbara Walters & Jim Hartz

Walters, who went on to serve as host of The View, 20/20, and ABC Evening News, began on Today as a writer and researcher in 1961. She was originally given lighter fare to cover as a "Today Girl," then named co-host in 1974.

Jim Hartz was only 24 when he started as anchor in 1974. He left the show two years later in 1976.
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Tom Brokaw

Brokaw covered the Watergate scandal for NBC News before moving to Today in 1976. He remained anchor until 1981.
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Jane Pauley

The current anchor of CBS Sunday Morning, Pauley also served for over a decade on Today. She acted as anchor from 1976 to 1989, serving first with Tom Brokaw and then with Bryant Gumbel.
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Bryant Gumbel

Gumbel replaced Brokow in 1982, and remained on the program until 1997. In 1995, Gumbel began work on critically-acclaimed HBO investigative series Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, which earned him a Peabody Award.
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Deborah Norville

Norville was asked to substitute on Today due to her popularity on NBC News At Sunrise. She became an official Today anchor in 1990 as Jane Pauley's successor. She left the show just over a year later in 1991.
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Katie Couric

Couric originally joined Today in 1989 as a political news correspondent. She was named co-anchor in 1991 after Norville left the show, and remained on the series until 2006, when she left to anchor CBS Evening News. Today, the prolific TV journalist currently serves as the Global News Anchor for Yahoo!
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Meredith Vieira

Vieira, the host of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, succeeded Couric in 2006. Though she left the show as co-anchor in 2011, she continued on as a special correspondent.
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Ann Curry

Curry began her Today career as a news anchor in 1997. She became co-anchor of the show in 2011, after Vieira departed. In 2012, she left the show to produce network specials and report for a variety of news programs on NBC.
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Matt Lauer

One of Today's current hosts got his start on NBC News before moving to co-anchor of the show officially in 1994. The famed interviewer, who recently sat down with both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, has signed a contract that will keep him on the show until 2018.
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Savannah Guthrie

Guthrie became an NBC News correspondent in 2007, where she covered the 2008 election. Guthrie was named the co-host of Today in 2011, and since has covered numerous high-profile interviews.
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