Saturnalia starts today. It is an ancient Roman festival that was held in honor of the god Saturn.
Imagine, there's a holiday that the rulers of the known world couldn't control.
A Motown mega-mix mashup by mojochronic -
December 17, 1959 -
Stanley Kramer film-version of Nevil Shute's drama, On The Beach, premiered worldwide on this date.
The U.S. Department of Defense and the United States Navy declined to cooperate in the production of this film, including access to a nuclear-powered submarine, which forced the film production to use a non-nuclear, diesel-electric Royal Navy submarine, HMS Andrew.
December 17, 1969 -
Tiny Tim married Miss Vicki on the Tonight Show on this date.
The event attracted between 40 and 50 million viewers.
December 17, 1989 -
Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire, also known as The Simpsons Christmas Special, the first full-length episode of The Simpsons, premiered on this date.
The odds of Santa's Little Helper are ninety-nine to one. If the dog had won the race Homer and Bart would have won $1,287 dollars. Barney, on the other hand won only $130 after betting on the dog named Whirlwind whose odds were ten to one.
If your tuckered out from all of that Saturnalia partying today, make yourself comfortable and watch another holiday treat - An Alfred Hitchcock Presents - Santa Claus and the Tenth Avenue Kid.
Today's Christmas special: Humbug
Today in History:
December 17, 1903 -
The TSA was waiting to go through their luggage.
December 17, 1927 -
U.S. Secretary of State Frank B. Kellogg suggested a worldwide pact renouncing war as an instrument of national policy on this date. Virtually all of the major powers of the world signed the Kellogg-Briand pact in Paris on August 27, 1928.
Ah, 1929, that sweet summer of human happiness!
But perhaps we do not give sufficient credit to the authors and signers of that ill-fated pact for their ironic sense.
December 17, 1969 -
The United States Air Force closed its Project 'Blue Book' by concluding there was no evidence of extraterrestrial spaceships behind thousands of UFO sightings.
Our Alien Overlords were briefly satisfied and decide not to destroy the Earth - for now.
December 17, 1977 -
Elvis Costello and The Attractions made a rare United States television debut on Saturday Night Live when Sid Vicious and the Sex Pistols failed to show up for the gig.
Producer Lorne Michaels refused to allow Costello to perform Radio, Radio because of the song's criticism of the broadcasting industry, but a few measures into Less than Zero, Costello halted his group and played the forbidden song .
Naughty, naughty Elvis
And so it goes.