This Was Television On November 4

2003: NFL Network kicks off

Capitalizing on its skyrocketing success as America’s most popular team sport, the National Football League inaugurated its own cable channel dedicated to covering all things gridiron. Since its inception, NFL Network has expanded to air Thursday night primetime games, cover rounds of the NFL Draft, and broadcast other species of football such as the Arena League and Canadian Football League. -A.D.

Today’s Birthdays: Art Carney, wacky neighbor (d. 2003); Martin Balsam, character actor (d. 1996); Walter Cronkite, journalist (d. 2009); Kathy Griffin, D-lister (52); Cameron Mitchell, rancher (d. 1994); Markie Post, attorney (62); Jeff Probst, council emcee (50); Doris Roberts, next-door mom (82); Anne Sweeney, exec (54); Loretta Swit, 4077th vet (75).

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