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Today in TV: February 19, 2014

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Here are some notable events in TV history for today:

  • On this date in 1968, "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" debuted on National Educational Television, the precursor to PBS.
  • On this date in 1974, Dick Clark debuted The American Music Awards.
  • Kiss made their TV debut on "Don Kirhsner's Rock Concert" on this date in 1974.
  • Yul Bryner was featured in a controversial anti-smoking commercial on this date in 1987. He died shortly thereafter of lung cancer.
  • After hearing that the award for rap was not going to be presented live, Public Enemy boycotted the Grammy Awards on this date in 1991.
  • On this date in 1993, the Perry Mason movie, "The Case of the Skin-Deep Scandal" aired.
  • Sally Field was featured in the mini-series, "A Woman of Independent Means" which debuted on this date in 1995.

Here are some notable birthdays for today:

  • Lee Marvin, who was featured early in his career on the TV show, "M Squad" was born on this date.
  • Eric Lange, from the series, "Lost" celebrates a birthday today.
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