ABC in History (Part 4)

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1976-04-22 Barbara Walters becomes 1st female US nightly network news anchor (ABC News)

Broadcast Journalist Barbara Walters
Broadcast Journalist
Barbara Walters
  • 1976-05-11 Last broadcast of "Marcus Welby, MD" on ABC-TV
  • 1976-07-12 1st "Family Feud" game show debuts on ABC hosted by Richard Dawson
  • 1976-12-18 "Wonder Woman" debuts on ABC
  • 1977-01-14 "Fantasy Island" starring Ricardo Montalbán and Hervé Villechaize premieres on ABC TV
  • 1977-01-23 Mini-series "Roots" premieres on ABC
  • 1977-03-15 "Eight is Enough" premieres on ABC-TV
  • 1977-03-15 TV comedy "Three's Company" starring Jack Ritter, Suzanne Somers and Joyce DeWitt premieres on ABC

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1977-05-25 "Brady Bunch Hour" last airs on ABC-TV

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1978-07-10 World News Tonight premieres on ABC with Max Robinson the first black anchor on a network newscast in the US

1st African-American Network TV Anchor Max Robinson
1st African-American Network TV Anchor
Max Robinson

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1978-09-12 Situation comedy "Taxi" premieres on ABC television starring Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

  • 1979-02-09 ABC airs "Heroes of Rock N Roll" special
  • 1979-02-11 43 million watch "Elvis!" on ABC

  • 1979-02-18 Mini-series "Roots: Next Generations" premieres on ABC TV

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1979-05-28 ABC premiere of TV's "The House on Garibaldi Street", based on the 1960 capture of Adolf Eichmann in Argentina

Nazi SS Officer and War Criminal Adolf Eichmann
Nazi SS Officer and War Criminal
Adolf Eichmann

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1979-08-25 TV series "Hart to Hart" starring Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers premieres in the US on ABC

  • 1979-09-26 1984 summer LA Olympic coverage sold to ABC for $225 million
  • 1979-11-08 ABC broadcasts "Iran Crisis: American Held Hostage" with Frank Reynolds (forerunner to "Nightline")
  • 1979-11-15 ABC-TV announces it would broadcast nightly specials on Iran hostage
  • 1979-11-30 Ted Koppel becomes anchor of nightly news on Iran Hostages (ABC)

IranIran Hostage Crisis

1980-03-24 ABC's nightly Iran Hostage crisis program renamed "Nightline"

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Iranian students storm the walls of the US Embassy in Tehran
Iranian students storm the walls of the US Embassy in Tehran
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  • 1980-05-23 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Neil Burton
  • 1980-10-04 ABC premiere of Saturday futuristic fantasy cartoon "Thundarr the Barbarian"

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1981-01-12 Soap opera "Dynasty" produced by Aaron Spelling and starring John Forsythe, Linda Evans and Joan Collins premieres on ABC-TV

Actress Linda Evans
Actress
Linda Evans
  • 1981-03-24 "Nightline with Ted Koppel" premieres on ABC
  • 1982-01-04 ABC Direction Network (57 affiliates) & ABC Rock Network (40 affiliates) become the 5th & 6th ABC radio network
  • 1982-05-03 ABC's All Talk network begins on radio (2 west coast stations)
  • 1982-06-10 "Taxi" last airs on ABC, moves to NBC in the fall
  • 1982-06-18 ABC's All Talk radio network expands to 22 stations
  • 1982-07-01 ABC national music radio network scheduled premiere (never happened)
  • 1982-08-02 Roger Ebert's "Movie News" premieres on ABC FM network

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1983-05-10 TV sitcom "Laverne & Shirley" last airs on ABC-TV

Actor and Director Penny Marshall
Actor and Director
Penny Marshall
  • 1983-09-18 Action series "Hardcastle and McCormick" premieres on ABC in the US

  • 1983-11-20 100 million watch ABC TV movie "The Day After" about nuclear war
  • 1985-03-18 Capital Cities Communications Inc acquires ABC for $3.5 billion, first transfer of ownership of a TV network
  • 1985-09-29 "MacGyver" starring Richard Dean Anderson, debuts on ABC-TV
  • 1985-12-20 Sportscaster Howard Cosell retires from television sports after 20 years with ABC
  • 1987-02-15 ABC-TV begins broadcasting "Amerika" mini-series
  • 1987-02-20 David Hartman quits ABC's "Good Morning America" after 11 years
  • 1987-04-06 Los Angeles Dodger's GM Al Campanis appears on TV program ABC News: Nightline saying Blacks may not be equipped to be in baseball management, sparking a racial controversy
  • 1987-06-18 Charles Glass, ABC journalist, kidnapped in Lebanon
  • 1987-09-29 "thirtysomething" debuts on ABC-TV
  • 1988-01-11 ABC premiere of fact-based "Evil in Clear River"
  • 1988-06-30 "Sledge Hammer!" last airs on ABC-TV

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1988-10-18 "Roseanne" TV comedy starring Roseanne Barr, John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf premieres in the US on ABC

Comedienne and Actress Roseanne Barr
Comedienne and Actress
Roseanne Barr
Actor John Goodman
Actor
John Goodman
  • 1988-10-25 ABC News reports on potbellied pygmy pigs' popularity as pets
  • 1989-01-13 "Ryan's Hope" ends 13½ year run on ABC-TV
  • 1989-05-14 Moonlighting, TV Crime Drama last airs on ABC
  • 1989-07-23 FOX-TV tops ABC, NBC & CBS for 1st time (America's Most Wanted)
  • 1989-09-24 ABC's premiere of "The Preppie Murder", based on 1986 murder in New York City of Jennifer Levin by ex prep school student Robert Chambers
  • 1990-07-16 Rick Dee's "Into the Night" premieres on ABC-TV
  • 1991-01-08 "Davis Rules" with Jonathan Winters & Randy Quaid premieres on ABC-TV
  • 1991-04-26 "Dinosaurs" premieres on ABC-TV

  • 1991-05-04 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Doug Kent

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1991-06-10 David Lynch's "Twin Peaks" airs its final episode airs on ABC-TV

Filmmaker David Lynch
Filmmaker
David Lynch
  • 1991-09-24 "Good & Evil" & "Sibs" premieres on ABC TV
  • 1991-09-25 "Good & Evil" premieres on ABC TV
  • 1991-09-28 "Commish" debuts on ABC-TV
  • 1992-04-26 "Growing Pains" final episode on ABC TV
  • 1992-04-26 "Who's The Boss" final episode after 8 years on ABC TV

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1993-02-10 "Michael Jackson Talks To Oprah Winfrey" airs on ABC & drew an astounding 39.3 rating/56 share, 90 million people

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • 1993-05-08 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Phil Ware
  • 1993-05-12 Final episode of 6 year run of ABC's "Wonder Years" in Netherlands
  • 1993-09-29 "Grace Under Fire" starring Brett Butler debuts on ABC-TV
  • 1994-03-30 ABC Masters Tournament won by Hobo Boothe
  • 1995-07-31 Walt Disney announces the acquisition of Capital Cities/ABC for $19 billion; network of properties now consists of Disney, ABC Sports, ESPN and ESPN2
  • 1995-11-19 "Beatle Anthology" premieres on ABC-TV
  • 1997-03-28 "City" soap opera's final episode on ABC-TV
  • 1997-03-31 "Daytime to Remember" a series showing old soaps premieres on ABC-TV
  • 1997-05-15 ABC News & Starwave Corp launch ABCNEWS.com
  • 2001-01-09 ABC-TV deputs "The Mole" for the first time
  • 2002-03-25 TV reality show "The Bachelor" hosted by Chris Harrison debuts on ABC in the US

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2004-09-22 "Lost" created by J.J. Abrams and starring Matthew Fox and Evangeline Lilly debuts on ABC in the US

Director, TV Producer and Writer J. J. Abrams
Director, TV Producer and Writer
J. J. Abrams

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2005-03-27 TV medical drama "Grey's Anatomy" created by Shonda Rhimes starring Ellen Pompeo and Sandra Oh debuts on ABC

TV Producer Shonda Rhimes
TV Producer
Shonda Rhimes
Actress Ellen Pompeo
Actress
Ellen Pompeo
Actress Sandra Oh
Actress
Sandra Oh

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2009-09-23 "Modern Family" premieres on ABC, starring Ed 'Neill and Sofia Vergara

  • 2013-09-24 "The Goldbergs" by Adam F. Goldberg premieres in the US on ABC
  • 2015-12-19 Third Democratic presidential candidates debate, broadcast by ABC, held in Goffstown, New Hampshire
  • 2016-02-06 Eighth Republican presidential candidates debate hosted by ABC, held in Goffstown, New Hampshire
  • 2018-05-29 ABC TV network cancels TV comedy "Roseanne" after its star Roseanne Barr posts a racist tweet

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

2018-10-17 The revived "The Connors" debuts on ABC TV starring Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf and John Goodman, without fired former star Roseanne Barr

Actor John Goodman
Actor
John Goodman
Comedienne and Actress Roseanne Barr
Comedienne and Actress
Roseanne Barr
  • 2019-09-15 Norman Lear becomes the oldest person to win an Emmy at 97, in the variety special category for ABC’s “Live in Front of a Studio Audience"

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2021-03-18 US President Joe Biden agrees Russian President Vladimir Putin is a "killer" in ABC News interview. Putin responds "It takes one to know one" a day later.

46th US President, Vice President and Senator Joe Biden
46th US President, Vice President and Senator
Joe Biden
Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin

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