Sesame Street in History

Events in Film & TV

  • 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

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, co-creator of Sesame Street (d. 1997)
  • 1933-12-26 Caroll Spinney, American puppeteer behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street (1969-2018), born in Waltham, Massachusetts

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 Jim Henson
Muppeteer
Jim Henson
  • 1937-02-08 Joe Raposa, composer/songwriter (Sesame Street)
  • 1944-05-25 Frank Oz, Hereford England, American muppetteer (Grover-Sesame Street, Muppet Show)
  • 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, composer/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 Jim Henson
Muppeteer
Jim Henson