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Today in TV: February 4, 2014.

Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks
Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Here are some notable events in TV history for today:

  • On this date in 1952, Jackie Robinson became the first African-American radio-TV network executive when he became Director of Communications for NBC.
  • Diana Ross guest-starred on "Make Room for Granddaddy" with Danny Thomas on this date in 1971.
  • The news that Patricia Hearst was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army dominated TV news on this date in 1974.
  • "American Bandstand" with Dick Clark celebrated its 25th anniversary on this date in 1977.
  • CBS aired "Cher at The Mirage" on this date in 1991.
  • Ted Danson portrayed Lemuel Gulliver on "Gulliver's Travels" which aired on this date in 1996.
  • The made-for-TV movie, "Rosa Parks: Ride to Freedom" premiered on Rosa Parks' 89the birthday. She was presented with a birthday cake and Stevie Wonder sang "Happy Birthday" to her.

Here are some notable birthdays for today:

  • Rosa Parks. the subject of a made for TV movie was born on this date.
  • Conrad Bain from "Different Strokes" was born today.
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