In 2017, we’ll be celebrating many significant pop culture anniversaries from “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and “Star Wars” to the arrival of the Spice Girls and the departure of “The Sopranos.” Here’s our annual, extremely subjective list of notable anniversaries — designed, as always, to make you shout out loud, “I can’t believe it’s been that long!”
50th anniversary: On these dates in 1967
"Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band" released
JUNE 1 The Beatles’ masterpiece, still regarded by many as the No. 1 album of all time.
The Doors’ 'Light My Fire' hits No. 1
JULY 29 Jim Morrison couldn’t get much higher when the song hit No. 1.
'Bonnie and Clyde' hits theaters
AUG. 13 Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway turn a pair of frowzy ’30s gangsters into glamorous pop idols.
'The Graduate' debuts
DEC. 22 Mike Nichols’ hip movie launched Dustin Hoffman’s career and immortalized “plastics” as a career option.
40th anniversary: On these dates in 1977
JAN. 23-30 Alex Haley’s epic miniseries about slavery kept America spellbound for eight nights.
'Annie Hall' debuts
APRIL 20 What can we say? We still need the eggs.
'Star Wars' debuts
MAY 25 The original will always will be the “I” in our hearts even if today’s audiences know it as “IV.”
Elvis Presley dies
AUG. 16 Or was that him we saw last week scarfing down a tailgater sandwich at Dunkin’ Donuts?
'Saturday Night Fever' debuts
DEC. 16 No one wore a white suit better than Travolta’s Tony Manero. Not even Col. Sanders.
30th anniversary: On these dates in 1987
"21 Jump Street" debuts
APRIL 12 A week after the Fox Network debuts, breaking the three-network monopoly, the world is introduced to Johnny Depp for the first time.
'Whitney' debuts at No. 1
JUNE 2 Whitney Houston’s much-anticipated second album didn’t disappoint — becoming the first album by a female artist to debut at No. 1 and spawning four No. 1 singles.
'Dirty Dancing' debuts
AUG. 21 Even after 30 years, nobody puts Baby in a corner.
SEPT. 29 Yuppies come to prime-time TV, raising whining to an art form. How come we’re not seeing the long-awaited sequel, “sixtysomething?”
'Wall Street' debuts
DEC. 11 No, Mr. Gekko, greed is not good.
25th anniversary: On these dates in 1992
"Wayne's World" debuts
FEB. 14 The best of all the movies inspired by “Saturday Night Live” skits? No way? Way.
'My Cousin Vinny' debuts
MARCH 13 Novice lawyer heads south to defend two wrongfully arrested yutes.
Johnny Carson’s final 'Tonight Show'
MAY 22 A classier leave-taking there never will be.
Sir Mix-a-Lot’s 'Baby Got Back' tops the charts
JUNE 28 Even in our increasingly PC world, the song’s opening line (“I like big butts and I cannot lie . . . ”) has endured, even if the artist hasn’t.
'The Contest' episode of 'Seinfeld'
NOV. 18 Self-denial was never funnier.
20th anniversary: On these dates in 1997
Ellen DeGeneres comes out
APRIL 30 With a boost from a therapist played by Oprah Winfrey, Ellen Morgan (Ellen DeGeneres) comes out of the closet, and prime time’s first gay leading character arrives.
Spice Girls hit our shores
MAY 31 The British girl group becomes a U.S. sensation as well, with the biggest-selling album of 1997.
'South Park' debuts
AUG. 13 Comedy Central’s foul-mouthed, crudely drawn kids still have the ability to shock us.
DEC. 19 Oceans of tears ensue, along with 11 Oscars and, for the first time, $1 billion in box-office earnings.
10th anniversary: On these dates in 2007
Britney Spears has a meltdown
FEB. 17 In the midst of dealing with a multitude of personal issues, Britney Spears shaves her head. Asked why, she said, “Because of you.”
CBS radio fires Don Imus
APRIL 12 Imus axed. Shock jock Don Imus is fired by CBS radio days after he racially slurred members of Rutgers University’s women’s basketball team.
'The Sopranos' finale
JUNE 10 Ten years later, we’re still trying to figure out whether Tony is dead or alive.
'Keeping Up With the Kardashians' premieres
OCT. 14 Ten years later, we’re still trying to figure out why people care.
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