This was Television on March 4

2013: Switched at Birth spotlights ASL

For the first time, a scripted primetime program presented an episode almost entirely in American Sign Language. Switched at Birth, a family drama set largely at a school for deaf students, also drew inspiration for the episode from the Deaf President Now movement at Gallaudet University in 1988, considered a watershed moment in the history of the Deaf population in the United States. -A.D.

Today’s Birthdays: Andrea Bowen, Desperate daughter (23); Josh Bowman, Hamptons scion (25); Ron Fassler, cop (56); Scott Michael Foster, frat president (28); Margo Harshman, best friend (27); Patricia Heaton, Midwest mom (55); Kay Lenz, character actress (60); Frank Novak, character actor (68); Catherine O’Hara, SCTVer (59); Steven Weber, pilot (52); Adrian Zmed, cop (59).

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