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  • 1985 June

    Discovery Communications Founded with Launch of Discovery Channel

    On June 17, 1985 at 3pm EST, John Hendricks' vision became a reality as Discovery Channel debuted to 156,000 subscribers across the United States.

  • 1987 July

    Discovery Channel Premieres Annual Rite of Summer, Shark Week

    Born out of a two-day brainstorming meeting held at the Hay-Adams in Washington, D.C., Discovery Channel's Shark Week...

  • 1989 April

    Discovery Channel Launches in the United Kingdom and Scandinavia

  • 1991 May

    Discovery Communications Acquires The Learning Channel (TLC)

  • 1995 July

    Discovery Goes Digital with Launch of

    Today it is impossible to imagine a brand without a website, or being able to access it wherever you are; however, digital was a brave new world in many ways in the mid 1990s…

  • 1996 October

    Animal Planet Debuts, Celebrates Relationship Between Humans and Animals

    In October 1996, Discovery Communications added its third flagship network - Animal Planet - to the portfolio.

  • 1996 October

    Discovery Science Launches with Sister Digital Networks

    In November 1994, Discovery Communications announced that it would expand its portfolio by launching four new digital networks…

  • 1997 April

    Crikey! The Crocodile Hunter Featuring Steve Irwin Premieres on Animal Planet

    In April 1997, American audiences were first introduced to the one and only Steve Irwin through Animal Planet's The Crocodile Hunter...

  • 1997 June

    Animal Planet Expands with First International Launch

  • 1997 November

    Nonprofit Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership Established

    Launched by Discovery Communications in 1997, Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership (now known as the Discovery Learning Alliance) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization…

  • 1998 June

    Discovery en Español Brings Discovery Programming to Spanish-Speaking U.S. Audiences

  • 1998 November

    Read All About It! Discovery News Debuts Online

    In 1998, the Internet was still in its early years, Y2K was an imminent threat and online news sites were slowly making their way into the mainstream.

  • 1999 September

    Discovery Communications Named to Working Mother's "100 Best Companies" for First Time

  • 1999 October

    Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge Celebrates Emerging Einsteins

    Building on Discovery Communications' commitment to education and science, the company introduced the Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge in 1999...

  • 2000 March

    Discovery Channel Breaks Records with Raising the Mammoth

    In a special "Watch with the World" event, Discovery Channel premiered Raising the Mammoth in 146 countries and 23 languages on March 12, 2000.

  • 2000 April

    Viewers Dig Discovery Channel's Walking with Dinosaurs

    One month after shattering records with Raising the Mammoth, Discovery Channel's Walking with Dinosaurs reigned supreme in April 2000...

  • 2000 October

    TLC's Trading Spaces Hits Home with Audiences

    Would you let your neighbors redecorate a room in your house? Well, many did and millions tuned in to watch the decorating drama on Trading Spaces...

  • 2001 October

    Discovery Channel Becomes World's Most Widely Distributed Television Brand

  • 2002 June

    Discovery Communications Pioneers with First 24-7 HD Network

    Continuing its commitment to pioneering on new platforms and with new technology, Discovery Communications launched Discovery HD Theater - the first 24/7 HD channel in the United States.

  • 2003 January

    MythBusters Premieres on Discovery Channel

    How many times have you been with someone who's cited, "I saw it on MythBusters." to confirm or debunk a myth? It all began on January 23, 2003…

  • 2003 January

    Audiences Learn "What Not to Wear" with TLC

    TLC brought style and a dose of truth to hundreds of contributors and millions of men and women during the 10-season run of What Not to Wear...

  • 2003 February

    Discovery Communications Opens New World Headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland

    With headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland at the time, February 2003 marked a new chapter as One Discovery Place, the company's world headquarters, opened in Silver Spring, Maryland.

  • 2003 August

    First Wellness Center Opens at Discovery's World Headquarters

    With a longstanding committment to the health and wellbeing of its employees and their families...

  • 2004 March

    Discovery Communications Reaches One Billion Subscriber Milestone

    In March 2004, as Discovery's global footprint continued to grow, the company marked an important milestone: one billion cumulative subscribers across its networks.

  • 2004 March

    Discovery Education Debuts in U.S. Classrooms, Transforms Teaching and Learning

  • 2005 February

    Necessary Ruffness: Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl Premieres

    Not everyone is a football fan, but who can say no to adorable puppies? Beginning with the first Puppy Bowl on February 6, 2005, Super Bowl Sunday has never been the same.

  • 2005 April

    Discovery Channel Heads Out to Sea with Deadliest Catch

    Television has the power to transport and engross audiences, and Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch has done just that since April 2005.

  • 2005 July

    Dirty Jobs Celebrates American Workers on Discovery Channel

    In July 2005, Discovery Channel got dirtier thanks to Mike Rowe and Dirty Jobs, the series profiling unsung American laborers.

  • 2005 August

    Discovery Communications Opens State-of-the-Art Discovery Television & Technology Center

    On August 1, 2005, Discovery Communications opened the Discovery Television & Technology Center - a new, technologically advanced home for the playout and uplink of Discovery's U.S. networks...

  • 2006 September

    DMAX, Discovery's First Free-to-Air Channel, Launches

    In September 2006, Discovery Communications debuted DMAX, its first free-to-air channel, in Germany.

  • 2006 November

    Discovery Brings First-Ever Live HD Downlink from International Space Station to Viewers

    On November 15, 2006, Discovery Communications and NHK partnered with NASA to bring a live, high-definition downlink from the International Space Station to living rooms on Discovery HD Theater.

  • 2007 January

    David Zaslav Becomes President and CEO of Discovery Communications

    David Zaslav joined Discovery Communications as President and CEO in January 2007…

  • 2007 March

    Planet Earth Premieres, Nabs Distinction of Cable's Highest-Rated Natural History Program

    More than five years in the making, Planet Earth redefined blue-chip natural history filmmaking and the world was engrossed…

  • 2008 January

    Investigation Discovery Debuts

  • 2008 September

    Discovery Communications Becomes Public Company

    On September 18, 2008, Discovery Communciations began trading as a public company, with Discovery Founder John Hendricks, President and CEO David Zaslav and a cast of network talent ringing the opening bell…

  • 2008 December

    Discovery Kids Place On-Site Childcare Center Opens at Company Headquarters

    In December 2008, Discovery Kids Place and Crikey Cove, a state-of-the-art, green childcare center with a one-of-a-kind playground, opened at Discovery's world headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland.

  • 2010 January

    Learning Goes Digital with Launch of Discovery Education's First Techbook

    As a global leader in educational transformation, Discovery Education is constantly innovating and introduced its first Techbook in January 2010.

  • 2010 March

    TLC Goes Global with Launch in Norway

    Joining fellow flagship networks Discovery Channel and Animal Planet, TLC made its global debut on March 4, 2010 in Norway…

  • 2010 June

    Discovery Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Inaugural 'Impact Day' of Global Employee Volunteerism

    Started in 2010 to celebrate Discovery's 25th Anniversary, Discover Your Impact Day brings the Discovery family into their local communities to give back…

  • 2010 November

    First 'Creating Change' Pro-Bono Marathon Event Held

    Discovery Impact: Creating Change is Discovery Communications' pro-bono creative marathon, utilizing the power of its employee workforce…

  • 2011 January

    Discovery Teams Up with Oprah for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

    On New Years Day 2011, Discovery Communciations and Oprah Winfrey unveiled OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network…

  • 2011 April

    Discovery Innovates with First Live, On-Air Social Media Event

    Social media quickly became a strong complement to the TV viewing experience and, in April 2011, Discovery Communications continued to innovate by bringing the real-time social content to television…

  • 2011 November

    Discovery Amplifies Investment in Content, Acquires betty in Landmark Deal

  • 2011 December

    Inside Story Premieres in South Africa on World AIDS Day

    Commemorating World AIDS Day and its commitment to educating communities around the world, the nonprofit Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership debuted Inside Story: The Science of HIV/AIDS

  • 2012 April

    Company Hosts First 'Say Yes to the Prom' for Well-Deserving Teens

    On April 10, 2012, Discovery Communications hosted its first 'Say Yes to the Prom' event, aimed at building courage, instilling confidence and improving self-image among high school-aged girls.

  • 2012 May

    Discovery Invests in Digital Future with Acquisition of Revision3

    On May 3, 2012, Discovery announced that it would acquire Revision3, a San Francisco-based digital video company focused on creating engaging online content.

  • 2012 July

    Discovery Channel Telescope Captures "First Light" Imagery

    In July 2012, Discovery Communications and Lowell Observatory celebrated the construction of a world-class, state-of-the-art instrument, the Discovery Channel Telescope, and its first light.

  • 2012 October

    Out of This World! Space Jump Live Premieres on Discovery Channel

    On October 14, 2012, Austrian extreme sport athlete Felix Baumgartner jumped from 120,000 feet in space…

  • 2013 April

    Discovery Acquires SBS Nordic, Expands International Footprint

    In April 2013, Discovery Communications completed the acquisition of the SBS Nordic Operations of ProSiebenSat.1 Group…

  • 2013 April

    Animal Planet Introduces Ambient Entertainment with Animal Planet L!VE

    On April 3, 2013, Animal Planet debuted Animal Planet L!VE, a 24/7 digital video destination putting the spotlight on the animal kingdom…

  • 2014 March

    Dplay Launches in the Nordics

  • 2014 May

    Founder John Hendricks Retires as Chairman of the Board

    On May 16, 2014, Discovery Communications' Founder John Hendricks retired from his role as Chairman of the Board.

  • 2014 May

    Discovery Communications Acquires Controlling Interest in Eurosport

  • 2014 June

    Discovery Communications Debuts on 'Fortune 500'

    In June 2014, Discovery Communications made its first appearance on the Fortune 500…

  • 2014 December

    International Revenue Surpasses U.S. for First Time

    During 2014, for the first time in Discovery Communications’ history, international revenue surpassed U.S. revenue and now accounts for more than 50% of total company revenue.

  • 2015 January

    Discovery Communications Named to 'Most Admired Companies' List by Fortune

  • 2015 June

    'Dollars for Doers' Program Launches to Recognize Employees for Giving Back to Communities

  • 2015 June

    IOC Awards European TV and Multiplatform Broadcast Rights to Discovery and Eurosport for 2018-2024 Olympic Games

    On June 29, 2015, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that all TV and multiplatform…