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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 October 13

33 Miners are Rescued
On Thursday, August 5, 2010, a "significant" cave-in occurred at the San Jose copper and gold mine located in northern Chile trapping 33 miners. On this day, 69 days later in what is now known as the Copiapo Mining Accident, all were rescued in what many see as an absolute miracle. The miners were trapped 2,300 feet underground and about three miles away from the mine's entrance. 17 days after the event occurred, a drill bit used in an exploratory borehole came back to the surface with a note from the miners below that read, "We are well in the shelter, the 33 of us." While a new plan was developed to get the men out, rescuers were able to send food, drink and other supplies to the miners until they were able to get the men out. On November 13, 2015, the movie, The 33 was released sharing this incredible journey.

'Happy Birthday to You' is Copyright Registered
As of 1988 and according to Guinness Book of World Records, the “Happy Birthday” song is the most recognized song in the English language. (It is followed by “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow.”) Copyrighted on this day, the song’s melody comes from the song, “Good Morning to All” and was written by Patty and Mildred Hill in 1893. In 1988, Warner/Chappell Music purchased the company owning the copyright for $25 million. The song has a value estimated at $5 million and the copyright should not expire until 2030. On September 22, 2015, a U.S. District Court Judge George H. King ruled in favor of filmmakers by putting the song into public domain.


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