This Day in Pop Culture for December 19


1997: This ‘Titanic’ Didn’t Sink

On this day in 1997, James Cameron’s $200 million dollar film, Titanic opened in theaters. The fictional story was based on real life events that happened aboard the luxury ocean liner that sank after it struck an iceberg. The film became the highest grossing moving in history and it won 11 Academy Awards (12 if you include the embarrassing “I’m the king of the world!” speech he gave when receiving the Oscar for Best Director.) Cameron was also the writer of the film and did extensive research to make footage of the ship’s interior historically accurate as possible.

1979: The ‘Kramers’ Go to Court

Directed and written by Robert Benton, Kramer vs. Kramer opened in theaters on this day in 1979. The movie was based on Avery Corman’s novel and starred Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Justin Henry and Jane Alexander. The drama centered on breaking up of a family and how much pain that a divorce can cause everyone involved. The film was praised in that it challenged the notion that child is always better off living with their mother rather than their father in a divorce situation and showed different points of view. It was nominated for nine Academy Awards and won five for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress.


  • 1924: Cicely Tyson (actress)
  • 1944: Tim Reid (actor)
  • 1946: Robert Urich (actor)
  • 1963: Jennifer Beals (actress)
  • 1967: Criss Angel (magican)
  • 1972: Alyssa Milano (actress)

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