EastEnders was first broadcast on 19 February 1985 as part of new BBC One controller Michael Grade’s ‘relaunch’ of the channel. The first episode secured an audience of 17 million.
The Damned had released what is recognised as the first ever punk single a month earlier.
Sesame Street was first conceived in 1966 as a way to provide low-income, inner-city children with an educational foundation ready for when they began formal schooling.
The first United States presidential debate took place between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon.
Telstar’s first broadcast involved relaying an image of a flag outside its base station at Andover Earth Station to the Pleumeur-Bodou earth station in France.
The band landed at New York’s Kennedy Airport on 7 February to be greeted by 3,000 screaming fans.
Thomas T. Goldsmith Jr was the director of research at DuMont Laboratories in New Jersey where he was exploring the use of cathode ray tubes in television sets.
A Charlie Brown Christmas went on to win both a Peabody Award and the Emmy Award for Outstanding Children’s Program.
An Unearthly Child was the first of a four-part serial that saw actor William Hartnell take the role of the time-travelling Doctor Who.
Saturday Night Live was originally known as NBC’s Saturday Night to avoid any confusion with the ABC show Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell.