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 March 14

The first national Pi Day was held on March 14.

National Pi Day

Today is National Pi Day. Celebrated on 14th day of the third month (recognizing the numbers of pi: 3:14), the first National Pi Day (or at least the largest event held on the day up to that point) was celebrated on this day in 1988. The event was held at the San Francisco Exploratorium and was organized by Larry Shaw. Today the event is celebrated by math enthusiasts and pie lovers and oftentimes, both. Years later in 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a non-binding resolution recognizing March 14, 2009 as National Pi Day.

Albert Einstein was born on March 14, 1879.

Albert Einstein is Born

Albert Einstein was born to a Jewish family on this day in Ulm, Kingdom of W├╝rttemberg, German Empire in 1879. He is known for developing the general theory of relativity and for creating “the world’s most famous equation” (E=mc2). In 1921, Einstein received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics for his "services to theoretical physics.” He had become a professor at the Berlin Academy of Science in Germany when he visited the U.S. While here, Adolf Hitler came to power in his homeland. Einstein never went back. He became an American citizen in 1940. He alerted President Franklin D. Roosevelt  about new “extremely powerful bombs of a new kind” and later with the philosopher Bertrand Russell, signed the Russell–Einstein Manifesto, which spoke of the danger of nuclear weapons. Einstein passed away in 1955. To this day, no one knows who his hair stylist was.

"Batman" showed it's last episode on March 14, 1968.Holy Cancellation Batman!

It was a sad day for Bat-fans across America on this day in 1968. The Batman TV series aired its last episode after just three seasons. The show was considered "the biggest TV phenomenon of the mid-1960s" when it began in 1966 featuring two back-to-back episodes, (part 1 and part 2) from 7:30-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Wednesday’s broadcast featured a cliffhanger ending. The show was popular with fans and stars alike. However, by the end of the second season, ratings for the show began to drop and so did the show’s budget. The two part format was eliminated and became just one half hour broadcast. The sets became more cartoon-like and the storylines became extra-silly. The highlight of the third season though was the addition of Batgirl, but not enough to garner a fourth season.

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