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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 November 30

Ken Jennings Finally Loses at Jeopardy
The longest running winning streak for the U.S. TV game show, Jeopardy! came to an end on this day in 2004. Software engineer Ken Jennings won 74 games in a row and won more than $2.5 million. The event gave Jennings more than 15 minutes of fame that year. Barbara Walters named him on of the “10 most fascinating people of the year,” he was a guest on Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Sesame Street.

The Mason Jar is Invented
While home canning jars using wax sealers had been used since the late 1830s, it was on this day in 1858 that John Landis Mason patented his design known today as the Mason Jar. Up until then, home canners had to pour sealing wax into a channel around the lip of a tin lid which wasn’t easy or reliable. Mason invented and patented a screw finish glass that is still used by many today.


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