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Today in TV: January 17, 2014.

Betty White
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Here are some notable events for this day in TV history:

  • On this date in 1949, "The Goldbergs," created by Gertrude Berg made the transition from radio to TV on CBS.
  • "Baretta" with Robert Blake debuted on this date in 1975.
  • TV habits went under a significant change on this date as the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of home recording devices for TV on this date in 1984.
  • On this date in 1985, Leonard Nimoy got his star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • On this date in 1992, CBS aired the musical special, "Michael Jackson...The Legend Continues."
  • Donny Osmond fought Danny Bonaduce in a charity boxing match in Chicago. Bonaduce beat Osmond by a split decision.
  • On this date in 1997, Metallica's "King Nothing" made its MTV debut.
  • Cyndi Lauper provided a guest voice on "The Simpsons" on this date in 1999.
  • On this date in 2002, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani appeared on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno.
  • FOX announced that "The Simpsons" would run for at least two more seasons on this date in 2003. That record would push the show past the longevity record set by "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" for TV sitcoms.
  • On this date in 2003, it was announced that Madonna would make her first episodic TV appearance on "Will and Grace."

Here are some notable birthdays for today:

  • Eartha Kitt, notable for portraying The Catwoman on "Batman" celebrates a birthday today.