Key moments in SAG's history
The Actors Society of America is organized, but disbands 16 years later.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is founded. It proceeds to issue the first-ever uniform contract for freelance film actors.
The Great Depression strikes Broadway, prompting stage actors to move to California.
Talk begins on the creation of an independent actors' organization. The talk becomes action in June when the SAG articles of incorporation are filed.
SAG boycotts the Oscars.
The government begins inquiries into the communist presence in Hollywood.
A politically active actor replaces Robert Montgomery as SAG president. His name? Ronald Reagan.
Gene Kelly and Humphrey Bogart attend House Committee on Un-American Activities hearings in Washington to support the Hollywood Ten.
SAG focuses on new sphere of entertainment: television.
The inaugural commercial color television program is unveiled in New York.
The guild forms an "Anti-Communist Discipline Committee."
SAG goes on strike. President William Schallert leads a walkout stemming from a dispute over pay TV and home video contracts.
The first phase of a SAG/AFTRA merger plan is approved.
The guild moves its headquarters to Los Angeles' Miracle Mile district.
SAG debuts its own awards show, aptly named the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
SAG/AFTRA merger is proposed to members.
SAG/AFTRA merger is defeated.
SAG and AFTRA national board of directors approve consolidation of the unions, but the consolidation is defeated by SAG members in July.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is elected governor of California in October, the second SAG member, Reagan being the first, to assume the office.