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Nightline in History

TV News and Current Affairs: 20/20 - 60 Minutes

Events in Film & TV

  • 1979-11-08 ABC broadcasts "Iran Crisis: American Held Hostage" with Frank Reynolds (forerunner to "Nightline")

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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  • 1981-01-05 "Nightline" with Ted Koppel extended from 20 mins to 30 mins
  • 1981-03-24 "Nightline with Ted Koppel" premieres on ABC
  • 1981-05-30 "Nightline" extends from 4 nights to 5 nights a week (Friday)
  • 1982-03-12 PLO chief Yassar Arafat appears on "Nightline"
  • 1983-04-25 "Nightline" expands from ½ hour to a full hour
  • 1984-04-21 "Nightline" reverts back from 1 hour to ½ hour
  • 1984-06-19 1st live TV appearance by Chief Justice Warren Burger (Nightline)
  • 1985-05-18 1st remote location for "Nightline" (South Africa)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986-02-05 Corazon Aquino & Ferdinand Marcos appear on "Nightline"

11th President of the Philippines Corazon Aquino
11th President of the Philippines
Corazon Aquino
10th President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos
10th President of the Philippines
Ferdinand Marcos
  • 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
  • 1987-04-07 Al Campanis, Dodger executive for more than 40 years, resigns, after making racial remarks on "Nightline"
  • 1987-05-27 Christian evangelists Jim and Tammy Bakker appear on "Nightline" after PTL scandal
  • 1987-06-05 "Nightline" presents its 1st "Town Meeting" the subject is AIDS & the show runs until 3:47 AM
  • 1987-09-09 Gary Hart admits on "Nightline" to cheating on his wife
  • 1987-12-10 "Nightline" is seen in USSR for 1st time
  • 1988-04-25 "Nightline" goes on location to Jerusalem Israel

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1940-02-08 Ted Koppel, Lancashire England, American journalist (ABC Nightline)
  • 1943-06-10 Jeff Greenfield, American media commentator (Firing Line, Nightline), born in NYC, New York
  • 1966-05-20 Dan Abrams, American TV reporter (Nightline)
  • 1971-07-26 Dan Harris, American journalist and TV anchor (Nightline, Good Morning America), born in Newton, Massachusetts