Reflections on This Week in Pop Culture History…

By Amanda Whitaker

Lifestyle Editor

Sept. 16, 1984–Crime drama “Miami Vice” premieres on NBC. The show would run for a respectable length of 111 episodes and 924 Armani jacket changes.

Sept. 17, 2010–The 54 year run of the soap opera As the World Turns ends as its final episode is broadcast. If the show itself is anything like its plotlines, it should be miraculously coming out of its cancellation any moment now with shocking news that it is cheating on CBS with the CW.

Sept. 18, 1851–The New York Times starts publishing. Hey, they only got The Elm beat by 79 years.

Sept. 19, 1888–World’s 1st beauty contest (Spa, Belgium). Self-esteem: standing not a chance since 1888.

Sept. 20, 1985–Walt Disney World’s 200-millionth guest. The lucky visitor was awarded with nothing–he was in Disney World, what more could he have possibly wanted?

Sept. 21, 1897–NY Sun runs its now famous “Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus,” editorial. Two weeks later, it would run the lesser-known “No, Virginia the Easter Bunny isn’t real. Now leave us alone.”

Sept. 22, 1957–Western television series “Maverick” premieres on ABC. “Iceman” and “Goose” didn’t quite make the cut.

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