Welcome to the Babble Entertainment Advent Calendar! Every day between now and Christmas, we will treat you with fun facts and information about this day in entertainment history.
A few years ago German historians tried to debunk the story of Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh cutting off his own left ear on December 23, 1888. The historians believe Paul Gauguin sliced off Van Gogh’s ear after a heated argument (and presumably after Van Gogh lobbed a glass of wine at him). A curator for a museum in Amsterdam says, “What really happened between the two, we do not exactly know.”
Today is the 190th anniversary of celebrated classic, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Originally published anonymously in the New York Sentinel newspaper, the poem was later attributed to Clement Clarke Moore. Earlier this month the authorship was called into question in a mock trial. The descendants of poet Henry Livingston claimed it was actually their ancestor who wrote the poem that is responsible for how most of us approach the Santa side of the season.
Livingston supporters cited Moore’s lack of knowledge of Dutch as proof that he did not write the poem. According to a report following the mock trial, the “version originally published by the Sentinel had them as ‘Dunder and Blixem,’ Americanized versions of the Dutch words for thunder and lightning.” The jury came back deadlocked at 3-3. Watch video from the trial.
Happy birthday to Eddie Vedder! Yesterday was the anniversary of the creation of Pearl Jam and today is Eddie’s day. Watch this fun video of Eddie performing a cover of “Shattered” by the Rolling Stones with Jeanne Tripplehorn.
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