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Today in TV: March 1, 2014

Ron Howard
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Here are some notable events in TV history for today:

  • On this date in 1949, Robert Ripley was seen on TV as NBC debuted "Ripley's Believe It or Not." The show was revived in 1982 with Jack Palance.
  • The Beatles presented two taped segments of "Let it Be" and "The Two of Us" for "The Ed Sullivan Show" on this date in 1970. It would be their last appearance on the show.
  • "Adam-12" made it to 100 episodes on this date in 1972.
  • On this date in 1979, ESPN won exclusive rights from the NCAA to telecast college sports.
  • On this date in 1985, the song "Help!" was used to advertise Lincoln-Mercury cars. It would be the first time a Beatles song was used in a TV ad.
  • Geraldo Rivera broadcast a show about the death of Elvis on this date in 1991, when he became the first Western talk personality to be regularly broadcast in the Soviet Union.
  • On this date in 1992, The Perry Mason movie, "The Case of the Fatal Framing" aired.
  • "Bottom Line2" debuted on ESPN on this date in 1997.
  • "La Femme Nikita" aired on this date for the last time in 2001.
  • Jay Leno returned to "The Tonight Show" on this date in 2010.

Here are some notable birthdays for today:

  • Ron Howard from "The Andy Griffith Show," "The Smith Family," and "Happy Days" was born on this date.
  • Robert Clary from "Day of Our Lives" and "Hogan's Heroes" observes a birthday today.
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