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ON THIS DAY…17th January

Written by Jack Hopkins on 17th January 2018

We thought we’d look back at significant occurrences that have happened on this day, throughout the years, within the media and entertainment industries.

In 1984, the US Supreme Court legalised the personal recording of television shows on VHS for the first time ever. The court case between Sony and Universal City Studios came to the conclusion that Sony’s development of software that allowed individuals to record television shows was well within the consumer’s legal boundaries, using the cassette as a prime example as to why it should be allowed and encouraged. 

On this day in 2003, The Simpsons was renewed for another two seasons, establishing it as the all-time longest-running situation comedy. Since then, it has become the longest running scripted TV show ever when it was renewed for it’s 29th and 30th seasons in 2016. Time Magazine named it the “Best Show of the 20th Century,” and it’s easy to see why when people are still watching it after nearly 30 years.

It’s been 2 years since the incredible David Bowie left us for another galaxy but he broke a personal record just days after he passed away. On this day in 2016, Bowie reached No.1 in the American album charts for the first time ever with the emotional ‘Blackstar,’ the album in which he artistically documented the last few months of his life. It was released two days before his death on 10 January. His next highest-placed album in the American charts was ‘The Next Day,’ which charted at No.2 in 2013.

It will be interesting to see whether any of the events that have already occurred in 2018 will be remembered as pivotal moments in the industry like those above!

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