Sesame Street in History

Events in Film & TV

Television Premiere

1969-11-10 "Sesame Street" premieres on PBS TV

  • 2018-10-17 Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch puppeteer Caroll Spinney leaves "Sesame Street" after 50 years
  • 2019-05-01 New York City officially names a street Sesame Street at the intersection of West 63rd Street and Broadway in honor of the show's 50th anniversary

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1929-11-30 Joan Ganz Cooney, founder of the Children's Television Workshop (Sesame Street), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1931-04-13 Jon Stone, American director and co-creator of Sesame Street, born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1997)
  • 1932-06-13 Bob McGrath, American musician, singer (Sing Along With Mitch), and actor (Sesame Street, 1969-2017), born in Ottawa, Illinois (d. 2022)
  • 1933-12-26 Caroll Spinney, American puppeteer behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street (1969-2018), born in Waltham, Massachusetts (d. 2019)

Jim HensonJim Henson (1936-1990)

1936-09-24 American puppeteer, artist, screenwriter and filmmaker, best known as the creator of 'the Muppets" (Sesame Street, The Muppet Show), born in Greenville, Mississippi

  • 1937-02-08 Joe Raposa, American composer and songwriter (Sesame Street), born in Fall River Massachusetts (d. 1989)
  • 1941-08-19 Christopher Cerf, American book editor, writer (National Lampoon), Emmy Award-winning television producer (Free To Be You and Me; Between the Lions), and Grammy Award-winning songwriter (Sesame Street - "Put Down the Duckie"; "Born To Add"), born in NYC
  • 1944-05-25 Frank Oz, American muppetteer (Grover-Sesame Street, Muppet Show), born in Hereford, England
  • 1946-10-23 Gerda Havertong, Surinam-Dutch singer and actress (Sesame Street), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • 1956-04-12 Doris Baaten, Dutch actress (Sesame Street, Fien), born in Maastricht, Limburg, Netherlands
  • 1957-11-23 Mark Radice, American session and touring musician (Donovan; Aerosmith; Cheap Trick), singer, songwriter, and producer (The Muppets; Sesame Street), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1960-09-17 Kevin Clash, American puppeteer (Sesame Street, 1984-2012 "Elmo"), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1968-02-11 Mo Willems, American author & screenwriter (Sesame Street), born in Des Plaines, Illinois
  • 1970-10-06 Matt Vogel, American puppeteer (Sesame Street, 1996-present; Kermit the Frog, 2017-present; Big Bird, 2018-present), born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • 1971-12-07 Stephanie D'Abruzzo, American actress, puppeteer (Avenue Q; Sesame Street), and cabaret singer, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1989-02-05 Joe Raposa, American composer and songwriter (Sesame Street), dies at 51

Jim HensonJim Henson (1936-1990)

1990-05-16 American puppeteer, artist, screenwriter and filmmaker, and creator of 'the Muppets" (Sesame Street; The Muppet Show), dies of toxic shock syndrome caused by pneumonia at 53

  • 1997-03-30 Jon Stone, American director and co-creator of Sesame Street, dies at 64
  • 2019-12-08 Caroll Spinney, American puppeteer behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street (1969-2018), dies at 85
  • 2022-12-04 Bob McGrath, American musician, singer (Sing Along With Mitch), and actor (Sesame Street, 1969-2017), dies of complications from a stroke at 90 [1]