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 3

Time magazine published for the first time on March 3, 1923.
Time is Published for the First Time
It was on this day in 1923 that the weekly news magazine, Time, published its first issue. It was the first of its kind and still the strongest. Today, it has the largest circulation of any weekly news magazine in the world. Total readership sits at 25 million with 20 million of them coming from the U.S. Initially, the magazine was to be called Facts emphasizing brief articles so that busy men could it the publication in an hour. It was changed to Time with the slogan, “Take Time – It’s Brief.” For decades, the cover featured a single person. The first was Joseph G. Cannon, the retired Speaker of the House of Representatives. The cover price was just .15 cents.

Star Spangled Banner becomes national anthem on March 3, 1931.
Star Spangled Banner Becomes National Anthem
Though written on September 14, 1814 by Francis Scott Key, the “Star-Spangled Banner” didn’t become the official national anthem until this day in 1931 when President Herbert Hoover signed a congressional act. It is said that Key wrote the lyrics after actually witnessing the British bombardment of Fort McHenry in Maryland during the 1812 war. He was in awe that the fort’s flag still stood after a 1,800 bomb assault. The lyrics were set to the tune of "To Anacreon in Heaven," a popular English song. 
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