Saturday, December 16, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for December 16

"Love Story" debuted in theaters on December 16, 1970.

'Love Story' Comes to Theaters

The romantic drama, Love Story, debuted in theaters on this day in 1970. The screenplay was written by Erich Segal who also wrote the novel of the same name. It was directed by Arthur Hiller and starred Ali MacGraw, Ryan O’Neal and Candice Bergen. Considered on the Hollywood’s most romantic movies by many, the film also has about as many haters thinking that the movie was overly melodramatic. Spoiler alert – the girl dies at the end. The film’s most iconic line, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry” was repeated by Barbara Streisand in 1972’s What’s Up Doc to which Ryan O’Neal says, “That's the dumbest thing I ever heard.”

The first Jane Austen Day was celebrated on December 16, 2014.

Jane Austen Gets Her Own Day 

Born on this day in 1775, author Jane Austen finally got a day named after her in 2014. For years, the Jane Austen Centre has hosted the annual Jane Austen Festival. This year’s celebration includes the unofficial Jane Austen Day as a worldwide social-networked event. Activities include a brunch in Canberra, Australia, a lunch in Nova Scotia and tea in Idaho to name just a few. Austen is responsible for many chick flicks based on her books: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.