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Today in TV: December 31, 2013

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Here are some notable events in TV history for today:

  • The TV special, "Elvis" aired on this date in the United Kingdom for the first time on BBC-2 on this date in 1968.
  • Peter Duel, who played Hannibal Hayes on "Alias: Smith and Jone" was found dead on this date in 1971 of an apparent suicide.
  • The show, "Anna and the King" , staring Yul Brynner aired for the last time on this date in 1972.
  • Also on the date in 1972, Dick Clark's "New Year's Rockin Eve" aired for the firs time on ABC.
  • ESPN made it to all 50 states on this date in 1984 as it was available in Hawaii for the first time.
  • "Simon and Simon" aired for the last time on this date in 1988.
  • On this date in 2000 CBS aired a two-hour special about the athletes of the U.S. Paralympic Team that was competing in Sydney, Australia.

Here are some notable birthdays for today:

  • Bebe Neuwirth, known for playing Lilith Crane on "Cheers" and "Frasier" celebrates a birthday today.
  • Lance Reddick, featured on "The Wire" and "Fringe" was born on this date.
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