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 August 8

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An Itsy Bitsy Song Goes #1
The novelty song, “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,” written by Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss, made the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on this in 1960. Besides becoming a huge hit, the song changed the world – sort of. At the time, the bikini hadn’t really been accepted world-wide. But this song is credited as to being a huge influence on the acceptance of the bikini. Sales of the swimwear grew dramatically after the song’s release and surf movies became the rage.

Glen Campbell
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Glen Campbell Passes Away
Country singer, Glen Campbell, known for creating 21 Top 40 hit songs like “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “Summer Nights” passed away on August 8, 2017 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Campbell was born in 1936 in Billstown, Arkansas into a family of 11 siblings. In 1964, Campbell was asked to fill in for Brian Wilson for The Beach Boys and in 1967 he scored his first major hit, “By the Time I Get to Phoenix.” The song “Wichita Lineman” was Campbell’s first Top 10 hit song. In 1968, he won Grammy awards for Best Country & Western Solo Vocal Performance, Best Country & Western Song and Best Vocal Performance. That same year he guest hosted an episode of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour which was received so well that CBS gave him his own variety show, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour which ran from 1969 to 1972. Campbell acted as well appearing in the John Wayne movie, True Grit, in 1969. It wasn’t always rosy for him though. Campbell struggled with alcohol and cocaine and went through three divorces before meeting Kimbery Woollen. He married Woollen in 1982, the same year that he became a born again Christian. In 2011, Campbell announced that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. In 2014, Campbell went on his last tour and allowed a documentary crew to film I’ll Be Me. He was 81 years of age when he passed away.

Norma McCovey (Roe Vs. Wade) is Baptized
In 1969, at the age of 21, Norma McCovey became pregnant for the third time. He friends urged her to say that she had been raped so that she would be able to obtain a legal abortion. The plan didn’t go as planned, so McCovey then turned to an illegal abortion, but the local clinics had all been shut down. He next step was to meet with attorneys Linda Coffee and Sarah Weddington. That became the start of Roe V. Wade. The case took three years of trials to complete and Norma gave her baby up for adoption. In 1994 she became a Christian and regretted her part with Roe v. Wade. On this day in 1995 McCovey was baptized in a backyard pool in Dallas, Texas. The event was filmed for national television.

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