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On November 17, 1968, NBC outraged football fans by cutting away from the final minutes of the New York Jets-Oakland Raiders game to begin a television adaptation of “Heidi” as scheduled. The Raiders beat the Jets 43-32.

Also in 1968, Glen Campbell received gold records for the singles “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” and “Gentle On My Mind”.

In 1970, an Elton John concert was broadcast live over a radio station in New York. A recording was released in the United States as the album “11-17-70.”

In 1979, Jethro Tull bassist John Glascock died of a heart attack after a long history of heart problems. He was 26.

In 1990, David Crosby broke his left leg, ankle and shoulder in a motorcycle accident in Los Angeles. Police said he was speeding and not wearing a helmet.

In 1991, Fox became the first network to air a commercial for condoms. It showed a young man talking about disease infecting nice people.

In 1992, the soundtrack to “The Bodyguard” was released.

In 1995, actor Tony Randall married Heather Harlan, an understudy in one of his plays. He was 75, she was 25.

In 2006, singer Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes filed for divorce from actress Kate Hudson. They had been married for six years.

Today’s birthdays: Singer-songwriter Bob Gaudio (GOH’-dee-oh) of The Four Seasons is 82. Film director Martin Scorsese (skor-SEH’-see) is 81. Actor Lauren Hutton is 80. Actor-director Danny DeVito is 79 . “Saturday Night Live” producer Lorne Michaels is 79. Actor Stephen Root (“King of the Hill,” ″NewsRadio”) is 72. Actor Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio is 65. Actor William Moses is 64. Entertainer RuPaul is 63. Musician Joey Williams from The Blind Boys of Alabama is 61. Actor Dylan Walsh (“Nip/Tuck,” “Brooklyn Bridge”) is 60. Actress model Daisy Fuentes is 57. Actress Sophie Marceau (“Braveheart”) is 57. Singer Ronnie DeVoe from New Edition and Bell Biv DeVoe is 56. Keyboardist Ben Wilson of Blues Traveler is 56. Actor David Ramsey (“Arrow,” “Blue Bloods”) is 52. Actor Leslie Bibb (Film’s “Iron Man,” TV’s “Popular”) is 50. Actor Brandon Call (“Step By Step”) is 47. Country singer Aaron Lines is 46. Actor Rachel McAdams (“Wedding Crashers,” “The Notebook”) is 45. Hanson guitarist Isaac Hanson is 43. Actor Justin Cooper ( “Liar, Liar”) is 35. Bassist Reid Perry of The Band Perry is 35. Actress Raquel Castro (“Jersey Girl”) is 29.

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