Frank Sinatra was born on December 12th 1915, and would have turned 100 this Saturday, but he's not the only one celebrating a birthday...
The famous comic-turned-film A Charlie Brown Christmas, staring the infamous Charlie Brown, also turns 50 tomorrow after being first aired on December 9th 1965.
While the two personalities couldn't differ more - Sinatra, a swept up, smooth talker; and Brown, a quirky, awkward cartoon character - the duo crossed paths in 1965 with the introduction of hit television shows.
Sinatra released his 50th birthday TV special A Man And His Music which aired November 24th. The show featured no special guests, no Rat Pack and no frills. Just Frank Sinatra and the Nelson Riddle orchestra singling live hits for a studio audience. The success of the show won both an Emmy Award and a Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting.
A Charlie Brown Christmas was aired 15 days later and followed a similar format. 60 seconds of Linus reciting from the Bible. A clip that went on to also win them an Emmy and a Peabody award... as well as 15 million homes tuning in for the Christmas special.
Another similarity between the two was the appearance on Time magazine:
And to top it off, Sinatra's former wife Mia Farrow used to call him "Charlie Brown" as a pet-name.
So maybe they aren't so different after all. They also both want to wish you a very Merry Christmas...
Happy anniversary Frank and Charlie.