ABC in History (Part 4)

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Events 301 - 379 of 379

  • 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 Montalban premieres on ABC TV
  • 1977-01-23 Mini-series "Roots" premieres on ABC
  • 1977-03-15 "Eight is Enough" premieres on ABC-TV
  • 1977-05-25 "Brady Bunch Hour" last airs on ABC-TV
  • 1977-09-24 1st broadcast of "Love Boat" on ABC-TV
  • 1978-04-25 ABC premiere of crime drama "Vega$"
  • 1978-05-08 ABC TV airs "Stars Salute Israel at 30"
  • 1978-07-10 World News Tonight premieres on ABC.
  • 1978-09-12 Situation comedy "Taxi" premieres on ABC television
  • 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

SS officer Adolf Eichmann
SS officer
Adolf Eichmann
  • 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)

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1980-03-24 ABC's nightly Iran Hostage crisis program renamed "Nightline"
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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"
  • 1981-01-12 Soap opera "Dynasty" produced by Aaron Spelling and starring John Forsythe, Linda Evans and Joan Collins premieres on ABC-TV
  • 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
  • 1983-05-10 "Laverne & Shirley" last airs on ABC-TV
  • 1983-09-18 Action series "Hardcastle and McCormick" premieres on ABC in the US
  • 1983-11-20 100 million watch ABC-TV movie "Day After" about nuclear war
  • 1985-03-18 Capital Cities Communications Inc acquires ABC
  • 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
  • 1987-06-18 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 aires 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
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
  • 1990-04-04 "Marshall Chronicles" premieres on ABC-TV

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1990-05-19 "Elvis" TV Drama about early life of Elvis Presley last airs on ABC

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

  • 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
  • 1991-06-10 David Lynch's "Twin Peaks" airs its final episode airs on ABC-TV
  • 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
  • 1995-05-06 ABC Bud Light Masters Bowling Tournament won by Mike Aulby
  • 1995-11-19 "Beatle Anthology" premieres on ABC-TV
  • 1996-05-04 ABC Bud Light Masters Bowling Tournament won by Ernie Schlegel
  • 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
  • 1997-05-03 ABC Bud Light Masters Bowling Tournament won by Jason Queen
  • 1997-05-15 ABC News & Starwave Corp launch
  • 2001-01-09 ABC-TV deputs "The Mole" for the first time
  • 2004-09-22 "Lost" created by J.J. Abrams and starring Matthew Fox and Evangeline Lilly debuts on ABC in the US
  • 2009-09-23 "Modern Family" premieres on ABC, starring Ed 'Neill and Sofia Vergara
  • 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

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