When Sesame Street first aired on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in 1969 it made an immediate impact. It became an innovative and creative show for children and one of the best educational resources for children, parents, and families that was ever created.
It would quickly become the benchmark for educational programming for children and its impact is still felt to this day. Its model of storytelling has educated millions upon millions of children over the years.
It’s such an important piece of educational programming that it has even earned its own holiday. A day that’s aptly named Sesame Street Day and is observed annually on the 10th of November.
The History Of Sesame Street Day
On November 10th, 1969, Sesame Street aired on public TV stations. Its mix of preschool education, cultural diversity, and developmental psychology would set a standard for early childhood education that has yet to be topped.
It also featured a unique style that combined live shorts and celebrity appearances with Jim Henson’s Muppets and animation. By its 40th anniversary in 2009, it ended up being broadcast in over 120 countries, with almost two dozen independent international versions being created. Sesame Street has also earned more than 150+ Emmys, so far, throughout its run.
For its 40th anniversary, Sesame Street Day was created in 2009. This holiday has promoted all of the good things that were created by this television show, as well as all of the good things that it continues to do for children all over the world.
Sesame Street continues to be the platinum standard for children’s early education and its impact can be felt throughout society. This holiday helps to underline this fact and encourage more people to support this program.
Interesting Facts About Sesame Street
Now that we’ve explained this holiday and the foundation upon which it is built, let’s take a few moments to talk more about the show itself. We are absolutely fascinated with Sesame Street, as we know many other people are, so we were able to compile a pretty interesting list of facts about it. Hopefully, people will find the following facts not only educational but interesting as well.
- Oscar the Grouch was originally orange in the show’s first season.
- Bert has a twin brother that debuted in 1974 named Bart.
- Jeff Moss wrote the song “Rubber Duckie.” He also wrote “People in Your Neighborhood” and “I Love Trash.”
- The first celebrity to appear on Sesame Street was James Earl Jones.
Observing Sesame Street Day
Everyone can enjoy this holiday no matter how old or young they are. This day can be enjoyed by watching Sesame Street episodes or the Sesame Street films, buy purchasing Sesame Street merchandise, or supporting public broadcasting. Fans of this show can also spread the word about it using the hashtag #SesameStreetDay on social media.
When is Sesame Street Day?
|This year (2023)||November 10 (Friday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Next year (2024)||November 10 (Sunday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Last year (2022)||November 10 (Thursday)||Multiple dates - more|