December 17, 2013
Here are some notable events in TV history for today:
- One of the first big stars comes to TV early on as Rudy Vallee debuts with his on show on CBS on this date in 1936.
- Color TV takes a step forward as the FCC approves RCA's color specifications on this date in 1953.
- Tiny Tim and Vicki Budinger become the first people to get married on TV on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson on this date in 1969.
- The first Super Station is born as WTCG in Atlanta becomes WTBS and covers the whole country via satellite today in 1976.
- Elvis Costello and the Attractions substitute for the Sex Pistols on this date in 1977, who could not get a visa, on "Saturday Night Live."They are forbidden from playing the song "Radio, Radio" but break into it after a couple of bars of "Two Little Hitlers."
- CBS airs the made-for-TV movie, "A Christmas Carol" starring George C. Scott as Ebenezer Scrooge on this date in 1984.
- Wayne Newton wins a $19.2 million lawsuit against NBC News on this date in 1986. NBC aired a false reports that Newton had mob ties.
- "The Simpsons" debuted on Fox on this date in 1989 with a charming Christmas story featuring their dog, Santa's Little Helper.
- Olivia Newton John appeared in the TV movie, "A Mom for Christmas" on this date in 1990.
- Fox beat out CBS for the rights to air National Football Conference games today in 1996.
- The Perry Mason movie, "The Case of the Wicked Wives" on this date in 1993.
- Jazz/pop saxophonist Grover Washington, Jr. died after taping a segment for "The Saturday Early Show" on this date in 1996. The segment aired the next day.
Here are some notable birthdays for today:
- Barry Livingston, most noted for playing Ernie on "My Three Sons" was born today.
- Laurie Holden who portrayed Andrea on "The Walking Dead" celebrates a birthday today.