Significant Dates in the
Life of Lawrence Welk



Born: March 11, 1903, Strasburg, ND.
Started Career: March 11, 1924 - 21st Birthday.
1925-1927: With George T. Kelly and the Peerless Entertainers.
1927-mid 1930s: Band performed regularly over WNAX, South Dakota.
April 18, 1931: Married Fern Renner - Three Children: Shirley, Donna, Larry. They have eleven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
December 31, 1938: Debut at William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA. Adpoted name of "Champagne Music of Lawrence Welk."
1940-1950: Played at the Trianon Ballroom in Chicago.
1951-1955: KTLA - local television station in Los Angeles broadcasted "The Lawrence Welk Show" from the Aragon Ballroom.
1955-1982: National television: 16 years on ABC; 11 years in syndication.
November 1984:
National television: Lawrence Welk Special, "On Tour with Lawrence Welk" - Part 1 and 2.
December, 1984: Christmas Special on national television.
December, 1985: "Musical Family" Christmas Reunion Special on national television.
October, 1987: "Lawrence Welk Show" debuts on public television.
May 17, 1992: Lawrence Welk died.
July, 1992: On behalf of Lawrence Welk Family, Shirley Welk Fredericks announces gift of Lawrence Welk Collection to North Dakota State University, Fargo.
February, 1993: Lawrence Welk Collection arrives at North Dakota State University, Fargo.
March, 1993: Public television special premieres, "From the Heart: Lawrence Welk and the American Dream."
May, 1994: Lawrence Welk Theatre and Resort opens in Branson, Missouri.
March, 1995: Public television special premieres, "Then and Now."
June, 1995: North Dakota's Governor Ed Schafer proclaims Lawrence Welk Week; U.S. Highway 83 in Emmons County, ND, named Lawrence Welk Highway.
July, 2005: The Lawrence Welk Show - 50 Years on National Television

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