DATES


Monday, August 26, 1963: The bible for Another World is written.

Monday, May 4, 1964: Debut of Another World, created by Irna Phillips and Bill Bell. Broadcast from 3:00-3:30 E.S.T. Original cast members were, from the Matthews family: Liz, Bill, Susan, Jim, Mary, Pat, Alice, Russ, Janet, Granny; Missy Palmer, and Ken and Tom Baxter.

Tuesday, January 18, 1966: The show's epigraph was officially dropped from the show's opening. The last episode to include it was January 17, 1966.

Wednesday, January 19, 1966: Debut of Interlocking Rings opening sequence.

Monday, June 20, 1966: First soap opera to make the transition to color from black and white.

Wednesday, May 24, 1967: First soap opera to make the transition to videotape from live broadcast.

1968 - 1970: Another World may have been the first soap to use the "beauty shot" (end credits featuring actors on set), starting in the late 1960's. Previously, end credits ran over the show's signature card or an empty set.

Wednesday, May 21, 1968: 1,000th episode.

Monday, March 30, 1970: Debut of Another World - Somerset, an Another World spin-off. First soap opera to originate as a spin-off. Sam, Lahoma, Missy, and Ricky transferred from AW. AW renamed Another World - Bay City.

Monday, March 1, 1971: The show returned to the title of Another World instead of Another World: Bay City.

Thursday, May 11, 1972: 2,000th episode (Mary, Gerald, Ted, Paul Rauch, Peggy, Rothenberger, Jim, Ada, Rachel, Michael, and Marianne).

Friday, May 3, 1974: Broadcast for one hour for 10th anniversary show.

Monday, January 6, 1975: Expanded from 30 minutes to one hour. First soap opera to regularly broadcast for one hour. Broadcast from 3:00-4:00 E.S.T.

Monday, May 17, 1976: 3,000th episode.

Friday, December 31, 1976: Cancellation of Somerset.

Monday, January 3, 1977: Debut of Lovers and Friends, an NBC soap with the same head writer and executive producer as AW. Often called an "unofficial" AW spin-off.

Thursday, May 5, 1977: Lovers and Friends put on hiatus for retooling. 105 episodes.

Tuesday, December 6, 1977: Debut of For Richer, For Poorer (2) (3), the revamped version of Lovers and Friends.

Friday, September 29, 1978: Cancellation of For Richer, For Poorer. 200 episodes.

Monday, March 5, 1979: Expanded to ninety minutes. First *ongoing* soap opera to be broadcast for 90 minutes. Broadcast from 2:30-4:00 E.S.T.

Wednesday, April 9, 1980: 4,000th episode.

Monday, June 2, 1980: Debut of post-end credit Procter & Gamble copyright symbol.

Monday, August 4, 1980: Returned to sixty minutes. Broadcast from 2:00-3:00 E.S.T.

Monday, August 4, 1980: Debut of Texas, an Another World spin-off. First soap opera to originate in a sixty-minute format. Iris, Dennis, Kevin, Reena, Striker, and Victoria transferred from AW. Renamed Texas: The New Generation in 1981.

Monday, September 8, 1980: Debut of still-frame end credits.

Monday, September 7, 1981: Debut of Block Letters opening sequence.

1982: Teleprompters discontinued.

Friday, December 31, 1982: Cancellation of Texas. 617 episodes.

Thursday, March 1, 1984: 5,000th episode.

Monday, March 30, 1987: Debut of "Another World (You Take Me Away To)" song in opening and end credits.

Friday, June 26, 1987: Last appearance by Bill Wolff as the announcer.

Monday, October 26, 1987: Debut of computer-enhanced opening credits.

Monday, February 15, 1988: 6,000th episode.

Monday, July 18, 1988: Debut of rock instrumental theme at end credits.

November 1988: Debut of end-credit freeze frame.

Monday, January 13, 1992: 7,000th episode.

February 1993: Another World becomes available with closed-captioning.

Monday, February 27, 1995: End credits split format.

Monday, October 16, 1995: NBC logo incorporated into end credits.

Friday, December 22, 1995: 8,000th episode.

Monday, March 4, 1996: Debut of fast-paced opening credits.

Monday, April 27, 1998: Debut of post-opening sequence follow-up scene.

Friday, April 30, 1999: Debut of next-day preview.

Friday, June 25, 1999: Final episode.


PRE-EMPTION DATES

July 7, 1964: The 35th Major League Baseball All-Star Game
July 15, 1964: Republican National Convention
October 7, 8, 12, 14, and 15, 1964: World Series Games
November 26, 1964: Thanksgiving Football
December 14, 1964: News Coverage of Vietnam War
January 1, 1965:
January 20, 1965: Inauguration of President Lyndon B. Johnson
April 2, 1965:
June 28, 1965:
July 23, 1965: News Coverage of Vietnam War
November 3, 4, and 5, 1965: World Series Games
November 19, 1965:
November 24, 1965:
November 25, 1965: NCAA Football Game
December 15, 1965: Gemini 6 and 7 Rendezvous Coverage
February 21, 22 and 23, 1966: U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearings on Vietnam War
March 3 and 4, 1966:
March 23, 1966:
July 20, 1966: Coverage of Gemini 10 Space Program
November 2, 1966: Election Coverage
November 18, 1966: NBC Network Presentation
November 24, 1966: Thanksgiving Day Football Game
January 2, 1967: Sugar Bowl
February 20 and 21, 1967: News Coverage of Space Program
March 29 - April 10, 1967: SAG/AFTRA Strike
June 16, 19, and 20, 1967: News Coverage of Middle East Crisis
September 4, 1967: News Coverage of Vietnam War
October 4, 5, 9, 11, and 12, 1967: World Series Games
November 23, 1967: American Football League Game
January 1, 1968: Sugar Bowl
March 12, 1968: News Coverage of Vietnam War
April 4, 1968: News Coverage of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
April 9, 1968: Funeral for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
June 14, 1968: Television Special: "Robert F. Kennedy Remembered"
September 6, 1968:
October 2, 3, 7, 9, and 10, 1968: World Series Games
November 28, 1968: American Football League Game
December 24, 1968: News Coverage of Apollo 8 Space Program
January 1, 1969: Sugar Bowl
January 20, 1969: Inauguration of President Richard Nixon
May 23, 1969: Apollo 10 News Coverage
July 22, 1969: Apollo 11 News Coverage
October 6, 1969: National League Playoffs Game
October 14, 15, 16, 1969: World Series Games
November 27, 1969: American Football League Game
October 5, 1970: American League Playoffs
October 13, 14, and 15, 1970: World Series Games
November 26, 1970: NFL Football Game
February 5, 1971: Apollo 14 Moon Walk
August 6, 1971: News Coverage of Total Lunar Eclipse
October 4, 1971: American League Playoffs Game
October 5 and 6, 1971: National League Playoffs Games
October 11, 12, and 14, 1971: World Series Games
November 25, 1971: NFL Football Game
December 31, 1971: Gator Bowl
April 21, 1972: Apollo 16 Launch
April 27, 1972: Apollo 16 Return
August 21 and 22, 1972: Republican National Convention Sessions
October 10, 11, and 12, 1972: American League Playoffs
November 23, 1972: NFL Football Game
January 11, 1973: News Coverage of Oil Crisis and Vietnam War
January 24, 1973: Funeral of President Lyndon B. Johnson
May 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 1973: Watergate Senate Hearings
June 5, 1973: Watergate Senate Hearings
June 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 1973: Watergate Senate Hearings
July 11, 16, 19, 24, and 27, 1973: Watergate Senate Hearings
August 1 and 6, 1973: Watergate Senate Hearings
September 3 and 25, 1973: Watergate Senate Hearings
October 15, 1973:
August 5, 1974: Coverage of Watergate Scandal
October 15 and 16, 1974: World Series Games 3 and 4
November 28, 1974: NFL Football Game
November 29, 1974:
January 1, 1975: Children's Special: "Circus Town"
April 8, 1975:
July 17, 1975: News Coverage of Space Program
November 27, 1975: Television Movie: "A Man For All Seasons"
January 1, 1976: Tournament of Roses and Comedy: Full House
March 15, 1976:
March 30, 1976: U.S. National Football League Draft
July 13, 1976: Democratic National Convention
July 15, 1976: Democratic National Convention
November 25, 1976: NFL Football Game
January 20, 1977: Inauguration of President Jimmy Carter
May 12, 1977:
October 7 and 10, 1977:
November 24, 1977: Thanksgiving Football
January 2, 1978: Tournament of Roses Parade
November 23, 1978: NFL Football Game
December 25, 1978: Holiday Network Programming
October 12, 15, and 16, 1979: World Series Games
November 22, 1979: Thanksgiving Football
December 25, 1979: Holiday Network Programming
January 1, 1980: Tournament of Roses Parade
July 4, 1980: Wimbledon Tennis Championships
January 20, 1981: Inauguration of President Ronald Reagan
April 14, 1981: Columbia Space Shuttle Landing
July 3, 1981: Wimbledon Tennis Championships
October 7, 1981: News Coverage: Assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat
October 14, 1981: National League West Playoffs Game
October 19, 1981: National League Playoffs Game
November 26, 1981: NFL Football Game
December 25, 1981:
January 1, 1982: Tournament of Roses Parade and Fiesta Bowl
July 2, 1982: Wimbledon Tennis Championships
November 25, 1982:Thanksgiving Football
July 1, 1983: Wimbledon Tennis Championships
November 24, 1983: NFL Football Game
January 2, 1984: Tournament of Roses Parade and Fiesta Bowl
July 4 and 6, 1984: Wimbledon Tennis Championships
January 1, 1985: Tournament of Roses Parade and Fiesta Bowl
January 21, 1985: Inauguration of President Ronald Reagan
July 4 and 5, 1985: Coverage of Tennis Wimbledon Championships
November 28, 1985: NFL Football Game
January 1, 1986: Tournament of Roses Parade and Fiesta Bowl
January 28, 1986: Challenger Space Shuttle Explosion
July 3 and 4, 1986: Wimbledon Tennis Semifinals
November 28, 1986:Thanksgiving programming
January 1, 1987: Tournament of Roses Parade and Fiesta Bowl
May 6, 1987: Coverage of Iran-Contra Hearings
July 2 and 3, 1987: Wimbledon Tennis Semifinals
July 7, 8, 9 10, 1987: Coverage of Iran-Contra Hearings
July 13, 14, 15, 1987: Coverage of Iran-Contra Hearings
July 22 and 23, 1987: Coverage of Iran-Contra Hearings
July 30 and 31, 1987: Coverage of Iran-Contra Hearings
September 10, 1987:
September 15, 1987: News Coverage of Pope John Paul II visit to the United States
December 2, 1987:
January 1, 1988: Tournament of Roses Parade and Fiesta Bowl
January 22, 1988:
June 30, 1988: Wimbledon Tennis Championships
July 1, 1988: Wimbledon Tennis Championships
December 30, 1988:
January 20, 1989: Inauguration of President George Bush
July 6 and 7, 1989: Wimbledon Tennis Championships
November 23, 1989: NFL Football Game
January 1, 1990: Hall of Fame Bowl
July 4, 1990: Wimbledon Tennis Quarterfinals
July 6, 1990: Wimbledon Tennis Semifinals
November 22, 1990: NFL Football Game
January 1, 1991: Hall of Fame Bowl
January 11, 1991: News Coverage of Persian Gulf War
January 18, 1991: News Coverage of Persian Gulf War
January 24, 1991: News Coverage of Persian Gulf War
July 4 and 5, 1991: Wimbledon Tennis Semifinals
November 1, 1991:
November 4, 1991:
January 1, 1992: Hall of Fame Bowl
July 2 and 3, 1992: Wimbledon Tennis Semifinals
November 26, 1992: NFL Football Game
January 1, 1993: Cotton Bowl
January 20, 1993: Inauguration of President Bill Clinton
July 1 and 2, 1993: Wimbledon Tennis Semifinals
November 25, 1993: NFL Football Game
January 17, 1994: News Coverage of Los Angeles Earthquake
May 30, 1994: NBA Basketball Playoffs
June 30, 1994: Wimbledon Tennis Semifinals
July 1, 1994: Wimbledon Tennis Semifinals
July 6, 7, 8, 1994: News Coverage of O.J. Simpson Trial
July 11, 1994: News Coverage of O.J. Simpson Trial
November 24, 1994: NFL Football Game
January 2, 1995: News Coverage of O.J. Simpson Trial
January 23, 24, 25, and 26, 1995: News Coverage of O.J. Simpson Trial
January 30, 1995: News Coverage of O.J. Simpson Trial
July 3, 1995: Wimbledon Tennis Fourth Round
July 4, 1995: Wimbledon Tennis Quarterfinals
July 6 and 7, 1995: Wimbledon Tennis Semifinals
October 3, 1995: News Coverage of O.J. Simpson Trial Verdict
November 23, 1995: NFL Football Game
January 1, 1996: Gator Bowl
July 4 and 5, 1996: Wimbledon Tennis Semifinals
November 28, 1996: NFL Football Game
January 1, 1997: Gator Bowl
January 20, 1997: Inauguration of President Bill Clinton
June 6, 1997:
July 3 and 4, 1997: Wimbledon Tennis Semifinals
November 27, 1997: NFL Football Game
December 25, 1997: NBA Basketball Game
January 1, 1998: Gator Bowl
June 29 and 30, 1998: Wimbledon Tennis Championships
July 1, 2, and 3, 1998: Wimbledon Tennis Championships
November 26, 1998: Movie: "It's A Wonderful Life"
December 18, 1998: Bill Clinton Impeachment Trial and Iraq War
January 1, 1999: Gator Bowl
January 14, 1999: Bill Clinton Senate Impeachment Trial
January 19, 1999: Bill Clinton Senate Impeachment Trial
June 4, 1999:

NOTES:
Total Pre-emptions: 262
Most Pre-emptions in a Single Year: 23 days (1973)
Top 5 by Year:
1) 1973: 23
2) 1967: 22
3) 1987: 18
4) 1968: 13
5) 1965 and 1995: 12 (Tie)
Most Consecutive Pre-emptions: 9 days (March 29 - April 10, 1967)
Notes: 8,891 episodes of "Another World" aired during its 35 year run. To note, the show would have aired 9,154 episodes if not for pre-emptions.


MISCELLANEOUS DATES

March 30, 1981: Partially pre-empted due to assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan. Episode #4251 was not repeated
May 13, 1981: Partially Pre-empted due to the assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II
May 14, 1981: Following Day Repeat of Episode #4282
June 23, 1992: Prime-Time Episode, "Summer Desire"
September 11, 1998: Partial Pre-emption due to News Coverage of Kenneth Starr Report on President Bill Clinton
September 14, 1998: Following Day Repeat of Episode #8692