December 18, 1966: Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” airs for 1st time on CBS. Dr. Seuss was the pen name for Theodore Geisel who was known for his politically for his democratic views and passionate opposition toward fascism. However, Geisel was a staunch supporter of the Japanese American internment during WWII. Geisel is quoted:
But right now, when the Japs are planting their hatchets in our skulls, it seems like a hell of a time for us to smile and warble: “Brothers!” It is a rather flabby battle cry. If we want to win, we’ve got to kill Japs, whether it depresses John Haynes Holmes or not. We can get palsy-walsy afterward with those that are left.
—Theodor Geisel, quoted in Dr. Seuss Goes to War by Richard H. Minear