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Today in TV: February 8, 2014

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Here are some notable events in TV history for today:

  • Despite a promising made for TV movie featuring Eve Plumb, Meredith Baxter-Birney, and Susan Dey, NBC's "Little Women" which debuted as a TV series on this date in 1979 was soon cancelled.
  • On this date in 1993, General Motors sued NBC, alleging that "Dateline: NBC" had rigged GM pickups to explode on impact. The suit was settled the following day.
  • Tom Jones guested on "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" on this date in 1993.
  • On this date in 1996, The U.S. Telecommunications Bill was signed into law. One of the features of the law was to require that V-chips, which could block programming be installed on all TVs with screens 13 inches or larger.
  • On this date in 2006, Kelly Clarkson became the first "American Idol" contestant to win a Grammy.
  • MTV dropped the words "Music Television" from its logo on this date in 2010.

Here are some notable birthdays for today:

  • Gary Coleman, from "Different Strokes" was born on this date.
  • Nick Nolte, who became famous from the TV mini-series, "Rich Man, Poor Man" was born today.
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