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Today in TV: January 31, 2014

Suzanne Pleshette
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Here are some notable events in TV history:

  • On this date in 1949, the first original soap opera for TV, "These Are My Children" was broadcast from NBC's Chicago affiliate.
  • Julie Andrews, Rex Harrison, Henry Fonda, and Jackie Gleason, helmed a two-hour special entitled, "The Fabulous 50s" on this date in 1960.
  • The "Bobby Darin and Friends" special aired on NBC on this date in 1961.
  • Viewers who stayed on after Super Bowl XXVII in 1993 were treated to the debut of "Homicide: Life on the Streets" on this date. Pop culture icon John Munch, portrayed by Richard Belzer made his first appearance.

Here are some notable birthday for today:

  • James Franciscus, who portrayed blind detective, "Longstreet" among other roles was born on this date.
  • Stuart Margolin, known for appearances on "Love American Style" and as Angel on "The Rockford Files" was born today.
  • Suzanne Pleshette, known for being Emily Hartley on "The Bob Newhart Show" was born on this date.
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