January 26, 1979
Dukes of Hazzard debuts
The Dukes of Hazzard, a prime-time television action/comedy show, aired for the first time on this day. The show starred John Schneider and Tom Wopat as the mischievous Duke cousins, two “good old boys,” who tangled with the crooked law enforcement officers of Hazzard County every week. However, the real star of the show was their car, “The General Lee,” a 1969 Dodge Charger with a bright orange paint job and a Confederate flag on its roof. The car was a suitable choice: Dodge Chargers won 22 of the 54 major NASCAR races in 1969. The Dukes of Hazzard ran for seven seasons. A Dukes of Hazzard movie, starring pop singer Jessica Simpson, was released in 2005.