1917 – Robert Emil Schmidt, born on the 27th of November in Buffalo, New York. He was the host of the popular children’s show Howdy Doody.
1947 – With Stone and Roger Muir as producers, he launched Puppet Playhouse on 17th of December. Within a week the name of the program was changed to The Howdy Doody Show.
1948 – The new Howdy, who premiered in March was an all-American boy with red hair, forty-eight freckles (one for each state in the Union), and a permanent smile.
1949 – The first Howdy Doody comic book was published by Dell and the first Howdy Doody record was released, selling 30,000 copies in its first week.
1998 – Died on the 30th of July in Hendersonville in North Carolina.