September 17:


September 17: M*A*S*H debuted

M*A*S*H is a television series adapted from the 1970 feature film MASH, which was itself based on the 1968 novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors, written by Richard Hooker. The medical drama/black comedy series premiered on September 17, 1972 and ended February 28, 1983.

The final episode became the most watched television show in U.S. television history with 105.97 million viewers.

In 2002, M*A*S*H was ranked #25 on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.


In 1960, Play-Doh Pete, a boy garbed in a beret and artist’s smock, was introduced as the modeling clay’s mascot. Today, Pete graces cans of Play-Doh wearing a backwards baseball cap and a t-shirt.