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Today in TV: December 19. 2013

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Here are some notable events for today in TV history:

  • ABC pioneered the used of an overhead camera during a sporting event by using one for The Liberty Bowl in 1964 on this date.
  • On this date in 1971, the made-for-TV-movie, "The Homecoming: A Christmas Story" aired. This was the pilot for "The Waltons."
  • On this date in 1973, following a joke during his monologue, Johnny Carson inadvertently caused a scare that had people believing there was a toilet paper shortage.
  • On this date in 1979, the Washington Capitals squared off against the Hartford Whalers in ESPN's first televised hockey game.
  • ABC Sports released Howard Cosell from his TV contract on this date in 1985. Cosell continued to be on ABC Radio for five years.
  • On this date in 1987, NBC devoted an hour to Johnny Carson's predecessor with a special called, "Jack Parr is Alive and Well."
  • On this date in 1997, the much-loved "Boy Meets World" made it to its 100th episode.
  • In 2001 on this date, VH1 presented, "Too Legit: The MC Hammer Story."
  • Madonna was featured on NBC's "Dateline"on this date in 2001.

Here are some notable birthdays for today:

  • Alyssa Milano of "Who's the Boss" and "Charmed" fame was born today.
  • Marla Sokoloff, who played Lucy Hatcher on "The Practice" celebrates a birth today.
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