B is for Birthday

September 13, 2019
SESAME WORKSHOP

Sesame Street’s first show was in 1969. This year, Sesame Street celebrates its 50th birthday. Follow the timeline below. It tells you about the history of the popular children’s program.

1969

Sesame Street airs its first episode. In it, a new kid moves to the neighborhood. She meets her neighbors. Can you name at least one of them?

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1972

Sesame Street begins airing a show in Mexico. The characters speak Spanish. Today, Sesame Street can be seen in 150 countries. The Muppets speak 70 languages!

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1984

This furry friend becomes a star. Elmo started as a background character. Then he got a name and a voice.

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2017

Work begins on a new version of Sesame Street. It is for Syrian refugees.

PARISA AZADI—SESAME WORKSHOP

2019

Sesame Street is 50! To celebrate, New York City renames part of 63rd Street. It is now called Sesame Street.

RICHARD TERMINE