Sesame Street made its debut on this day in 1969! Created by Joan Ganz Cooney to provide entertainment for kids that was fun and educational, Sesame Street is celebrating its 48th birthday this year. The show’s combination of live actors, animation and puppets was a big hit with kids, and it’s been estimated that over 77 million adults watched Sesame Street as children.
Sesame Street has covered a wide range of topics in its 48 years; kids have learned about everything from a new baby in the family to the death of a friend to the September 11 terrorist attacks. New characters have been added over time; in 2017, viewers met Sesame Street’s newest resident, Julia, a Muppet character with autism.
Here’s some trivia about Sesame Street that you may not know:
- Four First Ladies have appeared on Sesame Street: Barbara Bush, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, and Michelle Obama.
- James Earl Jones was the first celebrity guest to appear on Sesame Street.
- Other celebrity visitors include Heidi Klum, Danny DeVito, Diane Sawyer, Buzz Aldrin, and Norah Jones
- “Rubber Duckie” made it to #16 on Billboard’s Top Singles chart in 1970.
- In 2002, Elmo testified before Congress; he asked the Education Appropriations Subcommittee for more spending for school music programs.
- Big Bird is 8’2” tall.
- Cookie Monster’s career actually began before Sesame Street; he appeared in a commercial for Wheels cheese snacks in 1966.
- During the first season of Sesame Street, Oscar the Grouch was orange.
- Cookie Monster is the only Muppet to have five fingers.
Of course, there are countless Sesame Street books and videos in the library’s collection, but with the holidays right around the corner, why not revisit one of these holiday favorites?
The soundtrack to the 1978 Emmy-nominated television episode of the same name.
Revisit your childhood and introduce the kids in your life to this classic Christmas special.
Although this Christmas special only aired on HBO in 2016, it will be premiering on PBS this month. Check your local listings, or request it from the catalog!