1951: ‘Search for Tomorrow’ Begins Its Long Run
The American daytime TV show Search for Tomorrow began its long run on this day in 1951 on CBS. The show’s initial sponsors were Proctor & Gamble’s “Joy” and “Spic and Span” which help the show earn its name as a “soap opera.” Tomorrow began as a 15-minute serial and was shown live until March of 1967. The show also went from black and white to color in September of 1967 and became a half-hour serial in September 1968. On March 29, 1982, the show made the big move from CBS to NBC. On August 4, 1983, both the master and backup copy of Tomorrow became lost and the cast was forced to do the show live for the first time in 16 years. The show’s last airing was on December 26, 1986 and it was during this time that it held the record for the longest-running non-news program on television. The record was broken by the Hallmark Hall of Fame TV specials.
2008: ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Debuts
FX debuted its series, Sons of Anarchy on this day in 2008. Following the lives of an outlaw motorcycle club in Charming, California, Sons of Anarchy was created by Kurt Sutter and starred Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal and Ron Perlman. David Labrava, a real-life Hell’s Angel from Oakland, California served as a technical adviser and even played the club’s assassin Happy Lowman. While telling tales of vigilantism, government corruption and racism, it is said that the show served as an analogy for human transformation. The show ended on December 9, 2014.
1958: ‘Disneyland’ Airs for the Last Time
In order to help finance Walt Disney’s dream theme park, he tried his hand at television and created Disneyland, an anthology series which also served as an advertisement for the park. After being turned down by CBS and NBC, ABC agreed to air the show airing episodes that represented the four main sections of the park: Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Fantasyland and Frontierland. For instance, a story about Davy Crockett would appear under the “Frontierland” banner while cartoons would be labeled under “Fantasyland.” The program began airing on Sunday, March 29, 1954 and ended on this day in 1958. The show was then changed slightly, moved to Friday nights and became Walt Disney Presents.
- 1932: Eileen Brennan (actress)
- 1965: Charlie Sheen (actor)
- 1986: Shaun White (Olympic snowboarder)
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