The Ultimate Guide to Christmas Specials

Christmas TV specials, limited series and movies are bigger than ever these days from now until the New Year, you’ll be able to find some festive yule-tide programming every night of the week. From the traditional viewing of It’s a Wonderful Life, the different versions of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, to baking shows and live music specials, we’ve got them all listed on the new Christmas TV Specials page. (Since not all of the networks list their specials early, this list will be updated throughout the coming weeks, so check back often for new additions!)

This Day in Pop Culture for January 28

Elvis Presley made his TV debut on January 28, 1956.

Elvis Presley is on TV for the First Time

January of 1956 was a busy time for Elvis Presley. On the 10th, he recorded “Heartbreak Hotel,” his first recording for RCA. The song included pianist Floyd Cramer, guitarist Chet Atkins, and background singer Gordon Stoker of the Jordanaires quartet. The single was released on the 27th. Then the next day, this day in 1956, Presley made his first television appearance on CBS’ Stage Show. Introduced by Cleveland, Ohio disc jockey Bill Randle, Presley performed "Shake, Rattle and Roll", "Flip, Flop and Fly" and "I Got a Woman." Presley performed five more times on the show over the next eight weeks. During that time, Presley recorded the future hit, “Blue Suede Shoes,” a cover of Carl Perkins song, and others at RCA’s New York studio.

Pride and Prejudice was published on January 28, 1813.

'Pride and Prejudice' is Published

Today, most everyone is familiar with the author Jane Austen, but that wasn’t always the case. On this day in 1813, her book, Pride and Prejudice was published. It was her second book to be published anonymously (the first was Sense and Sensibility), followed by Mansfield Park and Emma. Sadly, she died on July 18, 1817. It was shortly thereafter that her brother Henry revealed to the public that she was an author.

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