2020 Pop Culture Anniversaries: Movies, TV Shows, Celebrity Birthdays

2020 Pop Culture Anniversaries: Movies, TV Shows, Celebrity Birthdays

With the start of a new year, it’s always fun to take a look at what pop culture anniversaries we can look forward to over the next 12 months. For instance, did you know Cinderella is turning 70? Or that there is an absurd number of classic movies turning 40 this year? Clearly, 1980 was a big year for cinema.

The History Channel, the Golf Channel, and PBS will all celebrate milestone birthdays, as will Whoopi Goldberg, Julie Andrews, and Emma Watson—can you believe Hermione Granger is about to turn 30?!

Movie Anniversaries

1950: Cinderella (March 4) turns 70.

1955: Lady and the Tramp (June 22), Oklahoma! (Oct. 11), and Guys and Dolls (Nov. 3) turn 65.

1960: Psycho (June 16), the original Ocean’s 11 (Aug. 10), and Spartacus (Oct. 6) turn 60.

1965: The Sound of Music (March 2) and Doctor Zhivago (Dec. 22) turn 55.


1970: MASH (Jan. 25), Patton (April 2), Catch-22 (June 21), Five Easy Pieces (Sept. 12), The Aristocats (Dec. 11), and Love Story (Dec. 16) turn 50.

1975: The Stepford Wives (Feb. 12), Tommy (March 19), Monty Python and the Holy Grail (April 9), Jaws (June 20), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Aug. 14), Dog Day Afternoon (Sept. 21), The Sunshine Boys (Nov. 6), and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Nov. 19) all turn 45.

1980: Mad Max (Feb. 15), Coal Miner’s Daughter (March 7), Friday the 13th (May 9), Fame (May 16), The Shining (May 23), The Blues Brothers (June 20), Airplane (July 2), The Blue Lagoon (July 5), Caddyshack (July 25), Ordinary People (Sept. 19), Private Benjamin (Oct. 10), Raging Bull (Nov. 14), Stir Crazy (Dec. 12), and 9 to 5 (Dec. 19) turn 40.

1985: The Breakfast Club (Feb. 15), Brewster’s Millions (May 22), The Goonies (June 7), Cocoon (June 21), St. Elmo’s Fire (June 28), Back to the Future (July 3), Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (July 10), Teen Wolf (Aug. 23), Better Off Dead (Aug. 23), Clue (Dec. 13), The Color Purple (Dec. 18), and Out of Africa (Dec. 18) turn 35.


1990: The Hunt for Red October (March 2), House Party (March 9), Lord of the Flies (March 16), Pretty Woman (March 23), Total Recall (June 1), Dick Tracy (June 15), Days of Thunder (June 27), Ghost (July 13), Mo’ Better Blues (Aug. 3), Goodfellas (Sept. 19), Miller’s Crossing (Oct. 5), Home Alone (Nov. 16), Dances with Wolves (Nov. 21), Misery (Nov. 30), and Driving Miss Daisy (Dec. 15) turn 30.

1995: Outbreak (March 10), Tommy Boy (March 31), Bad Boys (April 7), The Basketball Diaries (April 21), Friday (April 26), Die Hard with a Vengeance (May 19), Braveheart (May 24), The Bridges of Madison County (June 2), Apollo 13 (June 30), Clueless (July 19), Dangerous Minds (Aug. 11), The Usual Suspects (Sept. 15), Seven (Sept. 22), Get Shorty (Oct. 20), Mallrats (Oct. 20), Leaving Las Vegas (Oct. 27), Casino (Nov. 22), and Toy Story (Nov. 22) turn 25.

TV Anniversaries

1955: Elvis appears on TV for the first time on March 5; the World Series is in color for the first time on Sept. 28; Gunsmoke (Sept. 10), The Honeymooners (Oct. 1), Mickey Mouse Club and Captain Kangaroo (Oct. 3) turn 65.

1960: The winter and summer Olympics are broadcast in the U.S. for the first time in February and September; the Nixon-Kennedy presidential debate is the first debate to be televised (Sept. 26); The Flintstones (Sept. 30), The Andy Griffith Show (Oct. 3), and The Bugs Bunny Show (Oct. 11) turn 60.

1965: The first manned space launch is televised by NBC when Gemini 4 launches on June 4; the first color broadcast of an NFL game airs on CBS on Nov. 25; Lost in Space (Sept. 15), Green Acres (Sept. 15), Gidget (Sept. 15), I Dream of Jeannie (Sept. 18), Days of Our Lives (Nov. 8), and A Charlie Brown Christmas (Dec. 9) turn 55.

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1970: PBS begins broadcasting (Oct. 5), All My Children (Jan. 5), The Mary Tyler Moore Show (Sept. 19), NFL Monday Night Football (Sept. 21), The Odd Couple (Sept. 24), and The Partridge Family (Sept. 25) turn 50.

1975: The Ali-Frazier fight “The Thrilla in Manila” is broadcast from the Philippines via satellite on HBO (Sept. 30); The Jeffersons (Jan. 18), Barney Miller (Jan. 23), Welcome Back, Kotter (Sept. 9), Saturday Night Live (Oct. 11), Good Morning America (Nov. 3), Wonder Woman (Nov. 7), and One Day at a Time (Dec. 16) turn 45.

1980: The U.S defeats Russia in the Olympics semi-final on Feb. 22; “Who Shot JR?” airs on the Dallas season finale on March 21; the NFL draft is broadcast for the first time on April 29; Edith dies on Archie Bunker’s Place on Nov. 2; Brooke Shields’s infamous Calvin Klein ad airs on Nov. 19; Cosmos (Sept. 28), Bosom Buddies (Nov. 27), and Magnum, P.I. (Dec. 11) turn 40.

1985: VH1 begins broadcasting on Jan. 1; WrestleMania airs in pay-per-view for the first time on March 31; Nick at Nite premieres July 1; Elmo is introduced, and everyone sees Snuffleupagus for the first time on Sesame Street on Nov. 18; Moonlighting (March 3), Larry King Live (June 3), 227 (Sept. 14), The Golden Girls (Sept. 14), Letterman’s Top Ten list (Sept. 18), Growing Pains (Sept. 24), and MacGyver (Sept. 29) all turn 35.

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1990: The Simpsons first regular episode airs on FOX on Jan. 14; Mariah Carey’s first televised performance airs June 1; MTV Unplugged (Jan. 21), Twin Peaks (April 8), In Living Color (April 14), Wings (April 19), Dream On (July 7), Northern Exposure (July 12), The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (Sept. 10), Law & Order (Sept. 13), Evening Shade (Sept. 21), and Beverly Hills, 90210 (Oct. 4) all turn 30.

1995: The History Channel premieres Jan. 1; The WB debuts Jan. 11; UPN first broadcasts on Jan. 16; The Golf Channel debuts Jan. 17; the O.J. Simpson verdict airs live on Oct. 3; Cybill (Jan. 2), Star Trek: Voyager (Jan. 16), NewsRadio (March 21), Singled Out (June 5), Road Rules (July 19), The Drew Carey Show (Sept. 13), Xena: Warrior Princess (Sept. 15), JAG (Sept. 23), Mad TV (Oct. 14), and Mr. Show With Bob and David (Nov. 3) all turn 25.

Celebrity Birthdays

Celebs turning 95: Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury

Celebs turning 90: Clint Eastwood, Sean Connery, Gene Hackman, Gena Rowlands

Celebs turning 85: Julie Andrews, Mary Berry, Donald Sutherland, Judd Hirsch, Phil Donahue

Celebs turning 80: Chuck Norris, Al Pacino, Patrick Stewart, Raquel Welch, Martin Sheen, James Caan, James Brolin

Celebs turning 75: Tom Selleck, Rod Stewart, Steve Martin, Goldie Hawn, Eric Clapton, Henry Winkler, Bette Midler, Helen Mirren, John Lithgow, Mia Farrow, Jaclyn Smith, Diane Sawyer


Celebs turning 70: Stevie Wonder, Bill Murray, Jay Leno, Debbie Allen, Martin Short, William H. Macy, Ron Perlman, Natalie Cole, Ed Harris

Celebs turning 65: Whoopi Goldberg, Bill Nye, Howie Mandel, Bruce Willis, Reba McEntire, Kevin Costner, Jeff Daniels, Billy Bob Thornton, Kelsey Grammer, J.K. Simmons, Willem Dafoe, Gary Sinise, Dana Carvey

Celebs turning 60: Jane Lynch, RuPaul, Bono, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Antonio Banderas, Julianne Moore, Sean Penn, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Tilda Swinton, Jennifer Grey, Damon Wayans, Stanley Tucci, James Spader

Celebs turning 55: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Rock, Dr. Dre, Martin Lawrence, Charlie Sheen, Ben Stiller, Sarah Jessica Parker, Brooke Shields, Viola Davis, Elizabeth Hurley, Diane Lane

Celebs turning 50: Mariah Carey, Queen Latifah, Matt Damon, Melissa McCarthy, Taraji P. Henson,
Tina Fey, Uma Thurman, Kelly Ripa, Leah Remini, Sarah Silverman, Julie Bowen


Celebs turning 45: Angelina Jolie, Mel B, Bradley Cooper, Fergie, 50 Cent, Kate Winslet, Drew Barrymore, Tobey Maguire, Charlize Theron, Eva Longoria, Lauryn Hill

Celebs turning 40: Channing Tatum, Nick Cannon, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ryan Gosling, Christina Aguilera, Kristen Bell, Macaulay Culkin, Rebel Wilson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Pine, Zooey Deschanel, Zachary Levi

Celebs turning 35: Anna Kendrick, Raven-Symone, Dave Franco, Gal Gadot, Amanda Seyfried, Derek Hough, Chrissy Teigen, Keira Knightley

Celebs turning 30: Emma Watson, Jennifer Lawrence, Grant Gustin, Kristen Stewart, Liam Hemsworth, Margot Robbie, Sarah Hyland, Bill Skarsgard

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