45 years have passed since the world was introduced to the crew of the Starship Enterprise (a.k.a. USS Enterprise, NCC-1701) in Gene Roddenberry’s original Star Trek TV series.
During that time Star Trek has made such an impact on popular culture that phrases such as 'phaser', and 'beam me up, Scotty' have become common in everyday vernacular. Schatner and Nimroy only have to show up somewhere to cause a riot.
Here is a fabulous timeline developed by space.com to show the history of this wonderful show.
Live long and prosper Trekkies!