Sesame Street in History

Events in Film & TV


Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

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

Muppeteer and Filmmaker Jim Henson
Muppeteer and Filmmaker
Jim Henson
  • 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)
  • 1932-07-11 Bob McGrath, American musician, voice artist and actor (Sesame Street), born in Ottawa, Illinois
  • 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)

Person of interestJim Henson

1936-09-24 James "Jim" Henson, American puppeteer, artist, screenwriter and filmmaker, best known as the creator of 'the Muppets" (Sesame Street, The Muppet Show), born in Greenville, Mississippi (d. 1990)

Muppeteer and Filmmaker Jim Henson
Muppeteer and Filmmaker
Jim Henson
  • 1937-02-08 Joe Raposa, American composer and songwriter (Sesame Street), born in Fall River Massachusetts (d. 1989)
  • 1944-05-25 Frank Oz, American muppetteer (Grover-Sesame Street, Muppet Show), born in Hereford, England
  • 1956-04-12 Doris Baaten, Dutch actress (Sesame Street, Fien), born in Maastricht, Limburg, Netherlands
  • 1960-10-17 Kevin Clash, puppeteer (Elmo on Sesame Street), born in Baltimore, Maryland

Deaths in Film & TV

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

Person of interestJim Henson

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

Muppeteer and Filmmaker Jim Henson
Muppeteer and Filmmaker
Jim Henson
  • 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