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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.

Iceberg Alley, the network's first program, was a documentary about the frigid waters of the North Atlantic and even prompted a call from a teacher in Kansas inquiring about showing the program to her students.