Joe Franklin Day - March 9
Sat, Mar 9, 2024

Joe Franklin Day

Joe Franklin Day is an annual American holiday dedicated to Joe Franklin. He has won the love of thousands of Americans through his television shows. The holiday is celebrated on March 9.


The television star’s real name is Joseph Fortgang. He was born in the Bronx on March 9, 1926. The date of Joe Franklin Day was chosen to commemorate his birthday. From an early age, he was interested in various programs on the radio and already at the age of 16 he began working on the radio, collecting recordings for the speeches of M. Blok.

After serving in the Army during WWII, he began working in television, creating his own “The Joe Franklin Show.” He invited various famous people to his house and interviewed them. Such a TV show was new at the time and became very popular. Among the invited guests were famous writers, artists, singers and many others. М. Monroe, E. Presley, Muhammad Ali – the list goes on and on.

Viewers decided to commemorate Joe Franklin, and his great television show, with Joe Franklin Day. This holiday allows you to learn more about this great man, and is also a great excuse to revisit episodes of his best talk show.

Interesting facts

  • Joseph Fortgang is considered the father of the television talk show. It is thanks to his work that this genre has become popular.
  • More than 21,000 episodes of his show have been produced in all that time. It’s scary to think how many famous people Joe has invited for interviews.
  • In addition to his television work, Fortgang opened the Comedy Club in New York City and trained young comedians.

How to celebrate

Check out the different episodes of The Joe Franklin Show with the stars you’re most interested in. Find out more information about Fortgang.

Spread the word on social media. Ask other users if they have watched Fortgan’s talk show. If so, which stars they remember the most from the interviews.

When is Joe Franklin Day celebrated in 2024?

Joe Franklin Day is observed on March 9 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Saturday March 9 2024
Sunday March 9 2025

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