The first broadcast transmission of Educational TV was sent from Bishop Ford HS on April 18th 1966.  This marks the beginning of CTN.  I decided to take a walk down memory lane and learn more about this incredible date.

Did you Know?

  • The number one song was “(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration” by the Righteous Brothers.
  • The top TV shows were: “Bonanza”, “The Andy Griffith Show,” “Green Acres”, and “Bewitched”.
  • Bill Russell became the first African-American head coach in the NBA.  He coached and played for the Boston Celtics.
  • The first official sporting event played on Astroturf took place at the Houston Astrodome in Texas.
  • “The Sound of Music” earned 5 Oscars , including Best Picture at the 38th Academy Awards.
  • The Cultural Revolution was officially proclaimed in the People’s Republic of China.
  • The population of Diocesan students was 242,000.
  • Color television became popular in 1966.
  • Average gas price was $0.32 a gallon.
  • Average cost for a new car: $2,650.00
  • Lyndon B. Johnson was president.
  • 1966: NASA launched, Lunar Orbiter 1, the first US spacecraft to orbit the moon.
  • 1966:  Miranda Rights were established as a result of the Supreme Court Case, Miranda v. Arizona.

Fun Facts:

  • From April 18, 1966 – April 18, 2016 = 18,236 days
  • There have been 617 Full Moons since the launch of educational TV (CTN).

As you can see April 18, 1966 was a date abundant of transition and hope!

-submitted by: Laura Hickey, Instructional Media Specialist