4. Johnny Carson's sign-off as host of NBC's "Tonight Show." Forget Bette Midler singing "One More for the Road" and all the other show-biz tears shed during Carson's final week. What makes this count is what it represented and was part of: the World War II generation passing the torch of leadership to baby boomers. That's right, just like George Bush and Bill Clinton -- or hundreds of similar transfers of power.
5. And, finally, there's the local TV scene. If all politics really are local, then the arrival of overnight ratings in Baltimore and the related move by anchorwoman Sally Thorner from WMAR (Channel 2) to WJZ (Channel 13) has to make this year-end list.