ABC in History (Part 4)

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Events in Film & TV

Events 301 - 395 of 395

  • 1976-01-14 "The Bionic Woman" with Lindsay Wagner debuts on ABC (later NBC)
  • 1976-01-16 "Donny & Marie" [Osmond] musical variety show premieres on ABC TV

Television Premiere

1976-01-27 "Laverne & Shirley" TV spinoff from "Happy Days" starring Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams premieres on ABC TV

  • 1976-02-01 "Rich Man, Poor Man" mini-series premieres on ABC TV

Television Debut

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

  • 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
  • 1976-09-20 "The Captain and Tennille" television musical-variety show debuts in US (ABC)
  • 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 John Ritter, Suzanne Somers and Joyce DeWitt premieres on ABC

Television Finale

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

Television Premiere

1978-06-06 US TV news program "20/20", created by Roone Arledge premieres on ABC

Film & TV History

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

Television Premiere

1978-09-12 Situation comedy "Taxi" premieres on ABC television starring Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito, Tony Danza, Marilu Henner, and Andy Kaufman

  • 1979-02-09 ABC airs "Heroes of Rock N Roll" special, featuring archival performances of 62 artists
  • 1979-02-11 43 million watch "Elvis!" on ABC
  • 1979-02-18 Mini-series "Roots: Next Generations" premieres on ABC TV

Television Premiere

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

Television Premiere

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 late nightly news on Iran "America Held Hostage" (ABC)
  • 1980-03-24 "Nightline with Ted Koppel" premieres on ABC

Iran Hostage Crisis

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

  • 1980-05-23 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Neil Burton
  • 1980-10-04 ABC premiere of Saturday futuristic fantasy cartoon "Thundarr the Barbarian"

Television Premiere

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

  • 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 American TV sitcom "Taxi" last airs on ABC, cancelled after 4 seasons and 15 Emmy Award wins; moves to NBC in the fall, airing for 1 season and wins 3 more Emmys
  • 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 TV sitcom "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 "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 Sitcom "Sledge Hammer!" last airs on ABC-TV

Television Premiere

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

  • 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

Television Premiere

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

Television Finale

1991-06-10 David Lynch's "Twin Peaks" 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

Music History

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

  • 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

Television Premiere

1997-11-02 Rodgers & Hammerstein's television musical "Cinderella", starring Brandy Norwood, Whitney Houston, and Bernadette Peters premieres on ABC-TV

  • 2001-01-09 American version of Belgian reality game show "The Mole" premieres on ABC-TV
  • 2002-03-25 TV reality show "The Bachelor" hosted by Chris Harrison debuts on ABC in the US

Television Debut

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

  • 2004-10-03 TV series "Desperate Housewives" starring Teri Hatcher and an ensemble cast premieres in the US on ABC

Television Debut

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

  • 2005-11-22 Ted Koppel retires from late night television news program "Nightline with Ted Koppel", after 25 years with the show, 41 Emmy Awards, and 42 years with ABC

Television Premiere

2009-09-23 TV comedy "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

Television Premiere

2013-11-19 David Blaine performs in the TV special "David Blaine: Real or Magic" 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

Television 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

  • 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"

Film & TV History

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.


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