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Today in TV: December 17, 2013

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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.
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