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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 May 13

Thomas Edison sued over new motion-picture technology

Edison Sues Over New Motion-Picture Technology

Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb and the phonograph, sued the American Mutoscope Company on this day in 1898. It turns out that Edison had entrusted his assistant, W.L.K. Dickson with a new invention, the Vitascope in which Dickson helped Edison’s competitors develop a similar machine, the Mutoscope. He was fired. However, Dickson then created his own company using this similar technology. In 1902, the courts ruled that Edison did not invent the motion-picture camera, but allowed that he had invented the sprocket system that moved perforated film through the camera. By 1909, Edison helped form the Motion Pictures Patents Corp. who served to keep others from entering the film industry. The courts found the organization to be an unfair monopoly and was later dissolved.


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