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Today in TV: January 16, 2014

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Today's obituaries:

  • Dave Madden, who played Reuben Kincaid on "The Partridge Family" died on this date.
  • Russell Johnson, known as, The Professor, on "Gilligan's Island," died on this date.

Here are some notable events from TV history for today:

  • On this date in 1939, NBC aired a TV version of the radio show, "I Love A Mystery" for its West Coast audiences.
  • The "Donny and Marie Show" debuted on ABC on this date in 1976.
  • On this date in 1987, The Beastie Boys became the first act censored on "American Bandstand."
  • On this date in 1988, sports commentator, Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder was fired from CBS for a statement to a TV interviewer that blacks were bred in slavery days to produce stronger offspring.

Here are some notable birthdays for today:

  • Debbie Allen, who was featured on the TV series, "Fame" and is the sister of Felicia Rashad was born on this date.
  • Josie Davis, who played Sarah Powell on "Charles in Charge" celebrates a birthday today.
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