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 22

The "miracle on ice" happened on February 22, 1980.

The Miracle on Ice

The term, "Miracle on Ice" references when the U.S. hockey team won the gold medal during the 1980 Winter Olympics on this day in Lake Placid, New York. Previously, the Soviet Union had won the gold medal in six of the seven previous Winter Olympic Games. The Soviet Union team consisted of professional players while the American team consisted of only amateur players who were also collectively, the youngest team in the tournament. During the final seconds of the game, Al Michaels (reporting for ABC) uttered the phrases, “Do you believe in miracles? Yes!” The event won the praise of Sport Illustrated who in 1999 named the event as the #1 top sports moment of the 20th century.

Infamous Play Opens and Closes in One Night

Infamous Play Opens and Closes in One Night

Moose Murders, a play by Arthur Bicknell has the unique distinction of opening and closing on Broadway on the same night, this day in 1983. Moose Murders also a term used in the industry to describe a really bad play. Originally, Eve Arden was to star in the murder mystery farce, but dropped out after the second preview due to “artistic differences.” New York Post's Clive Barnes said that it was "so indescribably bad that I do not intend to waste anyone's time by describing it." He commended Eve Arden for leaving it before it opened and commented: "Some people have all the luck.”

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