Key moments in SAG's history

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1896
The Actors Society of America is organized, but disbands 16 years later.

1927
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is founded. It proceeds to issue the first-ever uniform contract for freelance film actors.

1931
The Great Depression strikes Broadway, prompting stage actors to move to California.

1933
Talk begins on the creation of an independent actors' organization. The talk becomes action in June when the SAG articles of incorporation are filed.

1936
SAG boycotts the Oscars.

1940
The government begins inquiries into the communist presence in Hollywood.

1947
A politically active actor replaces Robert Montgomery as SAG president. His name? Ronald Reagan.

1947
Gene Kelly and Humphrey Bogart attend House Committee on Un-American Activities hearings in Washington to support the Hollywood Ten.

1948
SAG focuses on new sphere of entertainment: television.

1951
The inaugural commercial color television program is unveiled in New York.

1953
The guild forms an "Anti-Communist Discipline Committee."

1980
SAG goes on strike. President William Schallert leads a walkout stemming from a dispute over pay TV and home video contracts.

1981
The first phase of a SAG/AFTRA merger plan is approved.

1993
The guild moves its headquarters to Los Angeles' Miracle Mile district.

1995
SAG debuts its own awards show, aptly named the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

1998
SAG/AFTRA merger is proposed to members.

1999
SAG/AFTRA merger is defeated.

2003
SAG and AFTRA national board of directors approve consolidation of the unions, but the consolidation is defeated by SAG members in July.

2003
Arnold Schwarzenegger is elected governor of California in October, the second SAG member, Reagan being the first, to assume the office.
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