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Today in TV: January 1, 2014

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Here are some notable events in TV history for today:

  • On this date in 1906, an innovator in TV technology was born. Louis W. Parker, invented the intercarrier sound system. This technology is key for coordinating sound and picture.
  • Loretta Young made the cover of TV guide for the first time on this date in 1955. She would be the cover girl a total of 11 times.
  • The long-running British music series, "Top of the Pops" made its BBC debut on this date in 1964.
  • The last episode of "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" a carry over from radio was aired on this date in 1966.
  • The TV ban on tobacco advertising was in force on this date in 1971. TV and radio lost $20 million in advertising sales.
  • The 200th episode of "Soul Train" aired on this date in 1977.
  • VH-1, MTV's more "adult" companion channel aired for the first time on this date in 1985. Marvin Gaye singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" was the first video aired.

Here are some notable birthdays for today:

  • Sarah Wayne Callies, known for roles on "The Walking Dead" and "Prison Break" was born on this date.

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