On this day in History-Sept. 24
On this day back in 1968, the popular American television program known as 60 Minutes debuted on CBS. Don Hewitt created the program and he did it by using a unique style of reporter-centered investigation. The inaugural show was hosted by Harry Reasoner and Mike Wallace, a pair of journalists who worked for CBS and when it started out, the show aired every two weeks on Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. and Wednesday nights at 9 p.m.
The program focuses on interviewing famous celebrities in order to receive more background information about their occupations along with what they experienced with those occupations. The show also focuses on their personal lives and what they do in their spare time when they are not working. Numerous celebrities have appeared on 60 Minutes and those names include Johnny Carson, Lawrence Taylor, Michael Jordan, Jimmy Carter, Daniel Day-Lewis, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Meryl Streep.
During the 45 years of its running, 60 Minutes has accomplished a lot of feats. The show became recognized by making a lot of money, gaining a lot of notoriety from its followers, receiving high ratings as one of the most successful programs in the United States and that was proven when the show was ranked number six on the “TV Guides 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time” list back in 2002.