Sesame Workshop, originally the Children's Television Workshop, is the
American non-profit organization behind the production of Sesame Street,
now in its 47th consecutive season on the public broadcasting channel
PBS. In 1966 Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett began researching a
television show to help children, especially those from low-income
families, prepare for school. Sesame Street premiered in 1969. Conney
credited "educational advisers, researchers, and television producers
... as equal partners" in the show's success. The early 1980s were a
challenging period for the Workshop; the end of government funding,
difficulty in finding audiences for their other productions, and a
series of bad investments hurt the organization until 1985, when
licensing agreements had stabilized revenues. The organization expanded
into other areas, including books and music, international co-
productions, outreach programs to preschools, and interactive media and
new technologies. By 2005, income from international co-productions of
the show was $96 million, and by 2008, the Sesame Street Muppets
accounted for $15–17 million per year in licensing and merchandising
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sesame_Workshop>
Today's selected anniversaries:
The First Council of Nicaea, the first ecumenical council of the
Christian Church, was formally opened in present-day Iznik, Turkey.
Thomas Thorpe published the first copies of Shakespeare's
sonnets (title page pictured), possibly without William Shakespeare's
The Triple Alliance was created between the German Empire,
Austria-Hungary and the Kingdom of Italy.
By the Treaty of Jeddah, the United Kingdom recognized the
sovereignty of King Ibn Saud over Hejaz and Nejd, which later merged to
become Saudi Arabia.
The US Supreme Court struck down laws in Colorado that would
have prevented any jurisdiction in the state from taking any
governmental action to protect homosexual citizens from discrimination
on the basis of their sexual orientation.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. Having curves in alternate directions; meandering.
2. Moving gracefully and in a supple manner.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
When an opinion is true, it may be extinguished once, twice, or
many times, but in the course of ages there will generally be found
persons to rediscover it, until some one of its reappearances falls on a
time when from favourable circumstances it escapes persecution until it
has made such head as to withstand all subsequent attempts to suppress
--John Stuart Mill
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