Star Trek Day: 56th anniversary of the show that changed the world

Star Trek Day: 56th anniversary of the show that changed the world

September 8 is officially known as Star Trek Day and this year marks the series' 56th anniversary.

It was on September 8, 1966, that Star Trek made its debut on television and changed the genre of science fiction forever.

The Original Series included one of the first multiracial casts on American television.

Actors like William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and George Takei became household names among Trekkies.

Even after being taken off the air, the show's success continued in the form of merchandise, cartoons, TV spinoffs and more.

Star Trek is among the highest-grossing media franchises of all time with an estimated $10.6 billion in revenue.

In the first season, while Nimoy was paid $1,250 per episode, DeForest Kelley and James Doohan received $850.

William Shatner, Kirk from Star Trek, is one of the richest actors in the series with an estimated net worth of $100 million.