This Day in Pop Culture for April 26

2011: ‘The Voice’ is Heard (and Seen) for the First Time

The television singing competition reality TV series, The Voice, aired for the first time on this day in 2011. The NBC show is based on The Voice of Holland,  where contestants try to get the attention of the four celebrity judges by singing to their backs. If one of more of the judges turn their chairs to face “the voice,” the contestant will join that celebrity’s team of singers. If more than one chair is turned, the contestant gets to choose which team they would like to join. After all of the teams are filled, the contestants are coached by the judges and perform live on TV where viewers vote on the best performances. Those who have served as coaches on the show include Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green, Shakira, Usher, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, Miley Cyrus, Alicia Keys, John Legend and Nick Jonas.

1940: ‘Tugboat Mickey’ Premieres

Between 1935 and 1940, Walt Disney produced a number of animated shorts that starred Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck working together as a team. While popular, the studio soon realized that Donald’s and Goofy’s antics outshined Mickey’s. On this day, Tugboat Mickey was released as the last one. The three didn’t appear on screen together until 1983’s Mickey’s Christmas Carol. The trio reunited to work together as a team in Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers, a straight-to-video produced in 2004. The characters began working together once again (with a decidedly different look and tone) in a series of new shorts created 2013 by Paul Rudish.


1993: Late Night Change

NBC came to the decision to have Conan O’Brien to replace David Letterman

(Motown Records)

1965: Song of the Year

The Four Tops released the song “I Can’t Help Myself” which ended up as Billboard’s Song of the Year.

(Marvel Studios)

2010: Iron-Man Returns

Starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow, Iron-Man 2 premiered in Los Angeles

(Jim Henson Co./Disney)

1991: ‘Dinosaurs’ Ruled ABC

Originally created for CBS but eventually landed on ABC, Jim Henson of The Muppets fame, first came up with an idea of a family sitcom based around a family of animatronic dinosaurs back in 1988. Working with the Walt Disney Company, Dinosaurs debuted on this day in 1991 and became an instant hit. So much so that the network didn’t interfere much with the show’s programming. The show was set in 60,000,003 BC in Pangaea featuring the Sinclair family: Father Earl Sneed Sinclair (voiced by Stuart Pankin), mother Fran (Jessica Walter), son Robbie (Jason Willinger), daughter Charlene (Sally Struthers), infant Baby (Kevin Clash) and Fran’s mother, Ethyl (Florence Stanley). It is speculated that it was the most expensive half-hour TV show to produce at the time. With that and the fact that ABC kept moving the show around to different nights and times, the show became extinct in October 1994.

Movies Released

  • Avengers: Endgame (2019)
  • Friday (1995)
  • Iron-Man 2 (2010)
  • Just One of the Guys (1985)
  • Pain & Gain (2013)
  • The Big Wedding (2013)

TV Series Debuts

  • Chef’s Table (2015)
  • Dinosaurs (1991)
  • Discarded Things (2021)
  • Don’t Be Tardy (2012)
  • Dragon Ball Z (1989)
  • Normal People (2020)
  • The Handmaid’s Tale (2017)
  • The Voice (2011)

Famous Birthdays

  • 1965: Kevin James (actor)
  • 1970: Melania Trump (first lady)
  • 1977: Tom Welling (actor)
  • 1978: Stana Katic (actress)
  • 1980: Channing Tatum (actor)

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