On this day: the Star Wars Holiday Special

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Notorious for its terrible reviews and reception, and one of the first spinoffs of the Star Wars franchise, The Star Wars Holiday Special premiered on the 17th of November, 1978.

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In the special, Chewbacca and Han Solo visit Chewbacca’s home world, Kashyyyk, to celebrate Life Day.

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Perhaps because of the negative reception, the Holiday Special has never again been rebroadcast, and was not made available on video.

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Today it is only available as a bootleg copy, and its IMDB rating sits at 2.4 stars out of ten.

On this day: the premiere of Little Women

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The 1933 adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic book Little Women premiered at Radio City Music Hall in New York on the 16th of November. Starring Katharine Hepburn as Jo, Frances Dee as Meg, Jean Parker as Beth, and Joan Bennett as Amy, all of the girls’ characters were played by women significantly older. Spring Byington played Marmee.

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In its initial run, the film broke attendance records, and it went on to be nominated for a number of Academy Awards. Husband-and-wife scriptwriting team Victor Heerman and Sarah Y. Mason won for their screenplay.

 

 

On this day: the premiere of Days of Our Lives

American soap opera Days of Our Lives had its premiere on the 8th of November, 1965.

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Famous for its outlandish storylines, including characters being possessed by the devil, and people coming back from the dead multiple times, it is one of the longest-running scripted shows in history.

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The 2010 logo.

Due to Days’ popularity, episodes were expanded from half-hour to one hour length in April 1975.

On this day: the birth of Strongheart

Strongheart, a German Shepherd, was born on the 1st of October, 1917. Originally trained as a police dog for Germany in World War One, he went on to become a movie star.

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Strongheart, a German Shepherd, was born on the 1st of October, 1917. Originally trained as a police dog for Germany in World War One, he went on to become a movie star in America.

Originally named Etzel von Oeringen, his owner fell into poverty at the end of the war and sent him to the United States in 1920, where he was renamed at the suggestion of a studio.

Promotional still for the 1922 film Brawn of the North, featuring Strongheart and Irene Rich

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Strongheart’s film credits include 1921’s The Silent Call and 1922’s Brawn of the North.

His last film was 1927’s The Return of Boston Blackie.

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As the star of a book in 1926.

The dog was accidentally burnt by studio lights, which caused him to develop a tumour. He died in June 1929.