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 17

"The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" was published on May 17, 1900
'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' is PublishedIt was on this day in 1900 that L. Frank Baum’s children’s novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, was published for the first time by the George M. Hill Company (which would close down two years later) in Chicago. The story about Dorothy Gale getting swept up by a twister only to find herself lost in the land of Oz is one best-known stories in American literature. Baum dedicated the book “to my good friend and comrade, my wife.” In 1902, the story became a Broadway musical that was so popular, it helped to encourage Baum to write 13 additional books. But the story hasn’t been loved by everyone. In 1986, seven Fundamentalist Christian families in Tennessee attempted to convince the local public schools to ban the book due to their opposition of depicting benevolent witches.

Donna Summer passed away on May 17, 2012.

Donna Summer Passes Away

Many are familiar with the term, “Queen of Disco,” referring to Donna Summer who rose to fame in the ‘70’s with such hits as “Love to Love You Baby” and “Hot Stuff.” However, not near as many people knew that Summer had become a born again Christian in the 80’s. She reportedly said, "Well, I was Christian my whole life, but I didn't really execute it -- I didn't live it. And I came back to realizing that without it I couldn't get through this stuff I had to go through. I need something that grounded me and it had to be really strong." On this day in 2012, Summer died from a non-smoking-related lung cancer.

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