Simpsons 400th Episode is Tonight! WooHOOO!
That's right, the milestone 400th episode of fantastically popular cartoon series The Simpsons will air tonight (check local listings for time.)
The show is in its 18th year, the longest running comedy in television history, and is only two years from breaking Gunsmoke's record as the longest running scripted series ever.I can't believe it's been 20 years since we first saw them on The Tracy Ullman Show:
Let's see... what else happened in 1987?
-President Ronald Reagan mired in Iran-Contra investigation.
-American Motors Corporation is acquired by the Chrysler Corporation.
-WrestleMania III is held at the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan, setting the North American indoor attendance record at 93,173.
-19-year-old pilot Mathias Rust, flies his Cessna airplane into Red Square, Moscow.
-Construction of the Channel Tunnel is initiated.
-Pennsylvania celebrates its bicentennial statehood.
-Square Co., Ltd. releases Final Fantasy in Japan for the Famicom.
-Prozac makes its debut in the United States.
-World population reached 5 billion people.
-Died: Andy Warhol, Liberace, Dean Martin Jr., Rita Hayworth, Fred Astaire, Jackie Gleason, Clara Peller, Lee Marvin, Lorne Greene, Peter Tosh, Woody Herman, Joseph Campbell.
-Born: Hilary Duff, American actress and singer.
-Median Household Income (current dollars): $26,061
-Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.22
-Snapple ready-to-drink bottled iced tea is introduced by the 15-year-old Snapple Beverage Co.
-U.S. microwave oven sales reach a record 12.6 million units sold.
1."Open Your Heart" ... Madonna
2."Livin' on a Prayer" ... Bon Jovi
3 ."Jacob's Ladder" ... Huey Lewis and the News
4."Lean on Me" ... Club Nouveau
5."Nothing's Going to Stop Us Now" ... Starship
6."I Knew You Were Waiting" ... Aretha Franklin & George Michael
7."Died in Your Arms" ... Cutting Crew
8."With or Without You" ... U2
9."You Keep Me Hangin' On" ... Kim Wilde
10."Always" ... Atlantic Starr
1. Beverly Hills Cop III
2. Dirty Dancing
4. Fatal Attraction
5. Full Metal Jacket
6. La Bamba
7. Lethal Weapon
8. The Living Daylights
9. A Nightmare on Elm Street
10. Outrageous Fortune
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5. 60 Minutes (CBS)
6. The Golden Girls (NBC)
7. Who's the Boss? ( ABC)
8. Murder, She Wrote (CBS)
9. Empty Nest (NBC)
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-The Beastie Boys become the first act to be censored by American Bandstand.
-Twisted Sister disbands.
-"Walk Like An Egyptian" by The Bangles, "Why Can't I Be You?" and "Just Like Heaven" by The Cure are all hits.
-Superman turns 49
-Comix Connection one year away from being founded!
-Some of you weren't even born yet, were you?
Man, I'm old. Anyway, congratulations, Simpsons people! The show doesn't show any signs of slowing down, so I figure they're well on track to break the record in a couple of years... and it would be very cool that the longest-running show in the history of television might be a cartoon!