Jim Henson


    Jim Henson is born in Greenville, MS
  • school

    Jim graduates from Northwestern High School and enters the University of Maryland
  • tv

    Sam and Friends begins airing live on WRC-TV, Washington, DC
  • Marriage

    Jim Henson and Jane Nebel are married

    Muppets appear for the first time on the Today Show, beginning regular appearances in 1961
  • Kids

    Daughter Lisa was born
  • Kids

    Daughter Cheryl was born
  • Kids

    Son Brian was born
  • Kids

    Son John was born
  • Toys

    First licensed products. Kermit, Rowlf the dog and Snerf dolls are created with Ideal Toys.
  • Sesame Street

    Sesame Street pilot and first show are taped: Big Bird, Bert, Ernie, and other characters created.
  • kids

    Daughter Heather was born
  • Muppets guest appearances

    Muppet guest appearances on the Tonight Show, the Today Show, What's My Line? and others.
  • Muppets

    Muppet Show first season.
  • Muppet Movie

    The Muppet Movie begins production.
  • Kermit

    Kermit the Frog is host of the Tonight Show.
  • Movie

    The Muppet Movie premieres.
  • Movie

    The Great Muppet Caper movie premieres.
  • Movie

    The Muppets Take Manhattan movie premieres.
  • Creature Shop

    The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are built by Jim Henson's Creature Shop.
  • Walt Disney World

    Jim Henson's Muppet Vison 3-D produced for Walt Disney World/MGM Studios Theme Park.
  • Death

    Jim Henson dies in New York City.