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Planet of the Apes TimelineEdit
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- Literally hundreds of Planet of the Apes-related items are licensed and flood the market in anticipation of the debut of the TV series in September.
- A novelization of Conquest of the Planet of the Apes written by John Jakes is published by Award Books.
- Power Records adapts four of the five original Planet of the Apes films as 'Book & Record' sets comprising a full color comic with a record providing narration and sound effects. The four adaptations are later collected for a compilation LP.
- March 13: A plane carrying a TV production crew crashes near Bishop, California, killing Planet of the Apes actors/costume designers Janos Prohaska and Robert Prohaska.
- April 5: TV series script "Hostage" is completed by Stephen Kandel. Further scripts are written leading up to the start of production in June, most of which will be filmed for the series.
- May: Auditions are held for the role of Urko|Ursus. The next day auditions are held for Zaius, and the following day three couples are tested together: one Ursus and one Zaius. Mark Lenard and Booth Colman are selected.
- June 1: Ron Harper marries Sally Stark in New York. In the second week of their honeymoon, Harper is asked to return from Killarney, Ireland, to test with Roddy McDowall and candidates for the role of Stan Kovak, including James Naughton.
- June 25th: The first draft of "Escape from Tomorrow" is written. It changes the names of Urkus to 'Urko', and Stan Kovak to 'Ed Rowak'.
- July 3rd: The final shooting script for "Escape from Tomorrow" is completed. It notes that on all future scripts Urso/Ursus should be called Urko, and Rowak/Kovak called Pete Burke.
- July 7: Cinematographer Leon Shamroy passes away. Shamroy was widely acclaimed for his filming of Planet of the Apes (1968).
- Issue #1 of a bi-monthly Planet of the Apes Magazine is published by Marvel Comics (August cover date).
- August 9-10: Mego International stages a special promotion at the Hempstead Times Square Store in Long Island, New York to launch their new line of five Planet of the Apes eight-inch action figures from the original film along with a 'Treehouse' and 'Village Playset' and a remote control horse.
- October 1: Composer Lalo Schifrin records the single Ape Shuffle (Theme From "Planet Of The Apes") / Escape From Tomorrow at Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, California to publicize the new Planet of the Apes TV series.
- October 6: Japanese TV series Saru no Gundan (Army of the Apes), borrowing heavily from the Planet of the Apes concept, begins its 26-episode run on TBS TV.
- November 28th: The Macy's Thanksgiving Parade includes a Mego Corporation Planet of the Apes display, which features, in costume, Mego staff and the members of the band 'Electric Cowboy', who had just recorded the Planet of the Apes - A Musical Trip LP (on TPI Records).
- December 6th: Planet of the Apes television episode B-507, "The Liberator" is scheduled to air on CBS, but does not.
- December 10: Actor Paul Richards passes away. Richards played the role of Mendez XXVI in Beneath the Planet of the Apes.
- December 13th: Planet of the Apes television episode B-507, "The Liberator" airs on CBS in some areas.
- December 20th: Planet of the Apes television episode B-514, "Up Above the World So High" airs on CBS - the last episode, as the show has been cancelled.
- Award Books publishes novelizations of the TV series written by George Alec Effinger under the titles Man The Fugitive, Escape To Tomorrow, Journey Into Terror and Lord Of The Apes.
- Power Records releases a series of three 'Little LP' records featuring completely new audio adventures for the Planet of the Apes TV series characters. These are collected into a compilation LP, along with a fourth original story.