This Day in Pop Culture for December 16

Love Story

1970: ‘Love Story’ Comes to Theaters

The romantic drama, Love Story debuted in theaters on this day in 1970. The screenplay was written by Erich Segal who also wrote the novel of the same name. It was directed by Arthur Hiller and starred Ali MacGraw, Ryan O’Neal and Candice Bergen. Considered on the Hollywood’s most romantic movies by many, the film also has about as many haters thinking that the movie was overly melodramatic. Spoiler alert – the girl dies at the end. The film’s most iconic line, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry” was repeated by Barbara Streisand in 1972’s What’s Up Doc  to which Ryan O’Neal says, “That’s the dumbest thing I ever heard.”

2014: Jane Austen Gets Her Own Day

Born on this day in 1775, author Jane Austen finally got a day named after her in 2014. For years, the Jane Austen Centre has hosted the annual Jane Austen Festival. This year’s celebration includes the unofficial Jane Austen Day as a worldwide social-networked event. Activities include a brunch in Canberra, Australia, a lunch in Nova Scotia and tea in Idaho to name just a few. Austen is responsible for many chick flicks based on her books: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.

(Warner Bros.)

1944: Yosemite Sam Comes Guns A-Blazing

It was on this day when Yosemite Sam first appeared in movie houses in the Warner Bros. short film, Hare Trigger which was released on this day in 1944. Before animators settled on the name Yosemite Sam, they toyed with other names such as Texas Tiny, Wyoming Willie and Denver Dan. Sam is often seen dressed up as a wild west outlaw, prospector, cowboy, pirate and gambling man and like Elmer Fudd, he is often seen as Bugs Bunny’s arch enemy. Sam has appeared in 33 short films and is said to have been a caricature of one of Warner Bros. animators, Friz Freleng.

Movies Released

  • Avatar: The Way of Water (2022)
  • Hello Dolly (1969)
  • La La Land (2016)
  • Love Story (1970)
  • Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)
  • Rain Man (1988)
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
  • Saturday Night Fever (1977)

TV Series Debuts

  • The Magicians (2015)
  • The OA (2016)

Famous Birthdays

  • 1941: Lesley Stahl (journalist)
  • 1943: Steven Bochco (TV producer)
  • 1946: Benny Andersson (singer)
  • 1961: Shane Black (film director)
  • 1981: Krysten Ritter (actress)

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