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Today in TV: January 9, 2014.

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Here are some notable events in TV history for today:

On this date in 1940, TV was used in a commercial application as TV for a sales meeting was used for the first time in New York.

Clint Eastwood was on his way to becoming a star on this date in 1955 as "Rawhide" debuted.

The NBC telecast of Superbowl XI on this date in 1977 brought in a viewing attendance of 81.9 million. The game set a pro game attendance record of 103, 438 as the Oakland Raiders beat the Minnesota Vikings.

One of the 1980s most popular catch phrases was born on this date in 1984 as Clara Peller said, "Where's the beef?" for the first time in a Wendy's commercial.

Sting appeared on "The Simpsons" on this date in 1992 on the episode, "Radio Bart."

"Third Rock from the Sun" debuted on this date in 1996 and Joseph Gordon-Levitt was on his way to becoming a star.

The first episode of "Providence" aired on this date in 1999.

ABC aired the first episode of the reality competition, "The Mole" on this date in 2001.

Here are some notable birthdays for today:

Bob Denver who portrayed both Gilligan and Maynard G. Krebs was born on this date.

Sports caster Dick Enberg observes a birthday today,

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