RET Timeline

1938
1938

Robert Edward Turner, III is born in Cincinnati, OH – November 19, 1938

Robert Edward Turner, III is born in Cincinnati, OH

1956
1956

Graduates from the McCallie School in Chattanooga, TN; enrolls at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island

1959
1959

Leaves Brown University and begins working for his father’s business, Turner Advertising Company

1963
1963

Takes over as president of Turner Advertising Company

1970
1970

Purchases Atlanta television station Channel 17

1976
1976

Launches Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.) and purchases the Atlanta Braves baseball team; purchases first bison (goes on to amass a herd of 51,000)

1977
1977

Wins the America’s Cup; purchases the Atlanta Hawks basketball team

1979
1979

Announces his plans to launch a groundbreaking 24-hour news network titled Cable News Network (CNN)

1979

Turner and his crew are feared dead

Turner and his crew are feared dead as their yacht Tenacious remains unaccounted for after encountering disastrous weather during the 605-mile Fastnet ocean race. Tenacious goes on to win Fastnet race

1980
1980

Officially launches CNN – June 1, 1980

1982
1982

Launches another news channel with a thirty-minute cycle of headline news stories titled CNN2 (later to become known as Headline News)

1986
1986

Hosts the first Goodwill Games held in Moscow, Russia

1987
1987

Purchases first Western property – The Bar None Ranch

Purchases first Western property The Bar None Ranch, going on to become one of the nation’s largest individual landowners with 2 million acres

1988
1988

Launches Turner Network Television (TNT)

1990
1990

Establishes the Turner Foundation, Inc. and launches the Captain Planet and Planeteers animated series

Establishes the Turner Foundation, Inc., a private, independent family foundation committed to preventing damage to the natural systems – water, air, and land; Created by Ted Turner and Barbara Pyle, the animated series Captain Planet and the Planeteers airs on TBS and receives international acclaim; the Captain Planet Foundation (CPF) is established the following year

1991
1991

CNN establishes itself as the world’s leader in news; Ted Turner is named Man of the Year by Time Magazine

1992
1992

Launches the Cartoon Network

1994
1994

Launches Turner Classic Movies (TCM)

1995
1995

Under Ted Turner’s ownership, the Atlanta Braves win the World Series

1996
1996

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. merges with Time Warner, Inc.