September 8th 1966: Star Trek premieres
On this day in 1966 the American science fiction show ‘Star Trek’ first aired on NBC. The series follows the crew of the starship USS Enterprise. The original cast included William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk, Leonard Nimoy as Spock, DeForest Kelley as doctor Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy, James Doohan as Montgomery ‘Scotty’ Scott, Nichelle Nichols as Nyota Uhura, George Takei as Hikaru Sulu and Walter Koenig as Pavel Chekov. Now known as ‘Star Trek: The Original Series’, it finished in June 1969 after three seasons. There have been several other series and films within the Star Trek universe, making it one of the biggest media franchises in the world.
"Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before."