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Today in TV: January 4, 2014.

Dave Foley
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Here are some notable events from TV history for today:

  • On this date in 1957, Former heavy weight champ Joe Louis appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" to introduce Solomon Burke, who performs Louis' "You Can Run, But You Cannot Hide."
  • Also on this date in 1957, NBC tries to import the popular "Blondie" film series to TV starring Arthur Lake and Penny Singleton.
  • "Mr. Ed" came to CBS on this date in 1961.
  • On this date in 1965, CBS bought Fender Guitar for $13 million.
  • The Boston Bruins and New York Rangers played on prime-time network TV on this date in 1974 on NBC.
  • The Chicago White Sox hired their first female play-by-play TV announcer, Mary Shane, on this date in 1977.
  • Bryant Gumbel joined "The Today Show" as Jane Pauley's co-anchor on this date in 1982.
  • "Night Court" debuted on NBC on this date in 1984.

Here are some notable birthdays for today:

  • Graham Elliot, from "Iron Chef America" celebrate a birthday today.
  • Dave Foley, from the Canadian sketch-comedy show, "Kids in the Hall" and "News Radio' observes a birthday today.
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