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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 8

Don Larsen Pitches Perfect Game
It was on this day during Game Five of the 1956 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers that New York Yankees pitcher Don Larsen threw a perfect game. Not only was this historical event the only perfect game in World Series history, it was also the only no-hitter of any kind to be pitched in postseason play until Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies pitched a no-hitter game on October 6, 2010. Larsen won the World Series Most Valuable Player Award and Babe Ruth Award that same year as well.

Laurel and Hardy Become a Team

Long before the two met, both Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy had become established actors in their own right. Working as a writer and director, Laurel had been in 50 films and Hardy 250 films before the two began working together as team. The duo actually first met on the set of 1921 film, The Lucky Dog. Even though they appear in some scenes together, their characters played independently of each other. It was on this day in 1927 that the film short, The Second One Hundred Years was released where the two were officially billed as a team. Ollie was 35-years-old and Stanley was 37 at the time. From then on, the two appeared in 107 films created between 1921 and 1951. Their 1932 film, The Music Box, won the first Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. Despite being hugely successful, the duo only made one American TV appearance. On December 1, 1954, they were lured to the Knickerbocker Hotel for a supposed business meeting, but instead, they were surprised and interviewed by Ralph Edwards on his live NBC program This Is Your Life. The pair had planned to perform in a number of TV specials for NBC called Laurel and Hardy’s Fabulous Fables, but had to bow out due to declining health.


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