This week in entertainment history September 24, 2008
s far as show business goes, there were three interesting happenings on September 24.
On that day in 1936, Jim Henson -- known for the muppets he created -- was born in Mississippi. He's the guy who, in 1955, took an old green coat that belonged to his mother, attached the halves of a ping-pong ball for eyes, and created a character named Kermit, later called Kermit the Frog.
His show Sesame Street arrived in 1969, enthralling generations of children the world over. Then, The Muppet Show, which aired from 1976 to 1981, became the world's most watched television show, boasting millions of viewers in more than 100 countries!
On that same day in 1961, the last episode of I Love Lucy went on the air. The much-loved sitcom, created by comedian Lucille Ball and her husband Desi Arnaz, had been on television for a decade. It had, by the end, become one of the most popular sitcoms in history.
And finally, on September 24, 1989, Broadway theatres dimmed their lights in honour of composer Irving Berlin who had died two days earlier. He had lived for 101 years and written 1,500 songs including God Bless America, and There's No Business Like Show Business.
In the picture: Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.
Text: Preetee Brahmbhatt
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