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Today in TV: December 20, 2013

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Here are some notable events in TV history for today:

In 1938 on this date, Vladimir Zworykin patented his iconoscope, piece of equipment necessary for electronic scanning of images.

On this date in 1954, Jackie Gleason signed a contract with Buick to produce 78 shows over two years for over 6 million dollars. One of the biggest contracts to that date.

The Osmond Brothers appeared on "The Andy Williams Show" for the first time on this date in 1962.

On this date in 1979, TV character Gary Ewing moved into "Knots Landing." The show was a spin off of "Dallas."

NBC announced it would retain the rights to the AFC championship football game on this date in 1993.

Here are some notable birthdays for today:

Producer Dick Wolf of "Law and Order" fame was born today.

The late Kathryn Joosten who played Karen McCluskey on "Desperate Housewives" was born today.

Michael Badalucco who won an Emmy for his work on "The Practice" celebrates a birth today.

John Hillerman of "Magnum: P.I." was born today.

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