PEOPLE Magazine 40th Anniversary

Look Who's Turning 40

From Leonardo DiCaprio and Victoria Beckham to Hello Kitty and Happy Days, see who's celebrating the milestone with PEOPLE


On Jan. 15, 1974, Richie Cunningham and his crew brought viewers back to a simpler time – the 1950s. The show, starring Ron Howard as wholesome Richie and Henry Winkler as the supercool Fonzie, quickly became a hit, spawning popular catchphrases ("Ayyyyy!" "Sit on it!"), as well as several spin-offs, including Laverne & Shirley and Mork & Mindy. The comedy was so influential that the term "jump the shark" was born from an episode in which Fonzie attempts to waterski over the giant fish.