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On this day in 1969, Sesame Street, a pioneering TV show that would teach generations of young children the alphabet and how to count, makes its broadcast debut.

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Sesame Street, with its memorable theme song (Can you tell me how to get/How to get to Sesame Street), went on to become the most widely viewed children’s program in the world.

The show was the brainchild of Joan Ganz Cooney, a former documentary producer for public television.

Take a look at the very first show opener of Sesame Street from 1969.