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 February 21

The New Yorker first issue was published on Februry 21,1925

The New Yorker Publishes for the First Time

Founded by Harold Ross and his wife, Jane Grant, a New York Times reporter, The New Yorker published its first issue on this day in 1925. It started out as a humor magazine but soon became a place where more series fiction literature and non-fiction journalism could be found written by some of the most influential writers including Shirley Jackson whose “The Lottery” created more mail (most of it negative) in the magazine’s history. Of course, The New Yorker is also well-known for its single-paneled cartoons including many by Charles Addams who created The Addams Family. Many of the early cartoons were drawn with captions written by staff writers. The saying, “Back to the drawing board” originated with Peter Arno’s 1941 cartoon where an engineer walks away from a crashed plane and says, “Well, back to the old drawing board.” The most reprinted comic was drawn in 1993 by Peter Steiner where two dogs sit at a computer and one says, “On the internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.”

Jimmy Swaggart resigned as pastor on February 21, 1988 due to a scandal.

Jimmy Swaggart Resigns

You can’t make this stuff up. In 1986, Pastor Jimmy Swaggart blew the whistle on Pastor, Marvin Gorman for having a sexual affair. To retaliate, Gorman hired his son to spy on Swaggart and was able to take photos of Swaggart and a prostitute outside of a hotel room. The son also let the air out of the Swaggart’s tires and called his dad who arrived to question Swaggart on what he was doing. On this day in 1988, Swaggart gave the infamous “I have sinned” speech over the airwaves and stepped down from ministry. Three years later, Swaggart was pulled over for driving on the wrong side of the road and was found in the company of another prostitute. His confession this time around went a little differently. He told his congregation, “The Lord told me it’s flat none of your business.” Donnie Swaggart then told the crowd that his father would be stepping down from ministry for a time of healing and counseling.

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