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Today in TV: December 23, 2013

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Today's TV obituary:

"Dragnet" creator Jack Webb died on this day in 1982. He brought the show from radio to TV. He also had a hand in creating "Adam: 12" and "Emergency."

Here are some highlights from TV history for today:

  • The first full opera, "Hansel and Gretel," was broadcast from WRGB in Schenectady, New York on this date in 1943.
  • The first televised NFL Championship was broadcast on this date in 1951. The Los Angeles Rams defeated the Cleveland Brown 24 to 17. Dumont broadcast the game and paid $75,000 for the rights.

Here are some TV birthdays for today:

  • Comedian and actor, Ronnie Schell was born today. He is best known for roles on "Gomer Pyle: USMC" and the disk jockey sitcom, "Hello World."
  • Soap opera diva Susan Lucci was born today. She is best known for her role as Erica Kane on "All My Children.
  • Mormon Leader Joseph Smith was born today. According to God on "South Park," the Mormons have the one true religion.
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