Happy Birthday Desi!

On January 19, 1953, Lucille Ball gave birth to her son, Desiderio Alberto Arnaz IV -- and a few hours later, through the magic of filmed television, Lucy Ricardo gave birth to her son, Ricky Jr. The dual births made headlines around the world -- and cemented America's love affair with the wacky redhead.

Both Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz considered the eight episodes of I Love Lucy that dealt with Lucy's pregnancy to be their personal favorites -- and, after 48 years of reruns, the "Lucy Goes to the Hospital" episode ranks as one of the most watched television programs of all time.

Happy Birthday Desi -- and Little Ricky!

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